Brown University School of Engineering

Fluids and Thermal Sciences Research

Faculty members and students in the Fluid and Thermal Sciences (FTS) Group draw from the basic sciences of fluid mechanics, complex fluids, biomechanics, heat transfer and energy studies to address a wide variety of problems at the forefront of current research. The group combines an emphasis on the fundamentals with attention to applications in a broad range of industries. 

The Fluids and Thermal Sciences group is a natural home for graduate students with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, aeronautical/aerospace engineering, physics and physical chemistry. Our research is conducted in close collaboration with faculty from other disciplines within the School of Engineering, as well as with faculty in Physics, Biology and Medicine, Evolutionary Biology, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.

More information about specific research projects can be found through the gateway website: fluids@brown.


  • Yuri Bazilevs -  computational mechanics, engineering and sciences, isogeometric analysis (IGA), computational solids, structures, fluids, fluid-structure interaction, high-performance computing
  • Kenny Breuer - micron- and nano-scale fluid mechanics, cell motility, animal flight
  • Daniel M. Harris - fluid mechanics, interfacial phenomena, microfluidics, and granular matter
  • Joseph T. C. Liu - nonlinear hydrodynamic stablilty; nanofluids and heat transfer enhancement
  • Shreyas Mandre - interfacial flows, thermoacoustics
  • Thomas Powers - cell mechanics, bacterial motility
  • Vikas Srivastava -  mechanics of materials, biomechanics, tisue and cell mechanics, drug delivery, soft materials
  • Anubahv Triapthi - microfluidics, global health technologies