Mechanical Engineering

Igor Mezic


Igor Mezic’s research interests include the science and technology of energy efficiency dynamics, including building systems, micropower generation and power grids; dynamical systems theory of complex systems, including large-scale networked systems; mixing and separation in fluids across the scales with applications ranging from microfluidic phenomena to oceanographic flows; and nano- and micro-scale particle dynamics induced by dielectrophoresis and other electrokinetic phenomena, with applications to biotechnology. One application of his research is the optimization of energy efficiency in building systems through energy-smart design and control systems to help manage energy use. Understanding complex fluid flows and mixing is essential for any energy efficient process as fluid is often one means to transport energy (and often linked to comfort in systems such as buildings). Mezic has also established modeling techniques that enable design of efficient mixing in variety of settings and scales from the room or atmospheric level to micrometer sized flow channels.


Center for Energy Efficient Design, Director
Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, Member
Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing, Member


Before coming to UC Santa Barbara in 1995, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. From 2000-2001, he also served as an Associate Professor in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University.


2007 United Technologies Senior Vice President's Special Award
2000 Axelby Outstanding Paper Award
1999 NSF CAREER Award
1999 Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Mathematics


MS: Mechanical Engineering, University of Rijeka (1990)
PhD: Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology (1994)

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