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During the academic year, SAFL hosts weekly seminars on various topics related to environmental, geophysical and biological fluid mechanics and engineering featuring presenters from academia, government agencies and industry. These seminars are free and open to the public. Join us to learn about the latest research advancements and network with contacts in the field.


Launching in the spring 2015 semester, SAFL seminars will be held on Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the SAFL Auditorium. 


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Upcoming Seminars:

Past Seminars:

Oct. 14

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and Seminar: Petros Koumoutsakos, Chair for Computational Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

2012 Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Yeping Yuan  


The Arrow of Computational Science

Oct. 07

CANCELED: Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Stefano Lanzoni, Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Padua, Italy

Morphodynamic Modeling of Alluvial Rivers

Sep. 30

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Rina Schumer, Associate Research Professor, Desert Research Institute

Real and Apparent Changes in Erosion and Deposition Rates Through Time

Sep. 23

Brian K. Haus, Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Miami

New Capabilities for Laboratory Observation of the Air-Water Interface in Extreme Conditions

Sep. 16

Barr Engineering Lecture: Marcelo Garcia, Chester & Helen Seiss Endowed Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Director, Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Exploring the Universe of Density Currents: what do snow avalanches, dust storms, oceanic turbidity currents and density underflows in the Chicago River have in common?

Sep. 09

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Cristian Escauriaza, Assistant Professor, Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Complex Interactions of Turbulent Flows and Geochemical Processes in a High-Andean Watershed

May. 06

Distinguished Lecture Series on Earth-Water-Life: Paola Passalacqua, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

The Delta Connectome: Structure and Transport Dynamics of Delta Networks Across Scales

Apr. 29

Barr Engineering Lecture: Ugo Piomelli, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Computational Turbulence, HPCVL-Sun Microsystems Chair in Computational Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University

Large-eddy simulations in dune-dynamics research

Apr. 22

Suncica Canic, Cullen Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics, Center for Mathematical Biosciences, University of Houston

Mathematical Challenges in Hemodynamics

Apr. 15

Lorenz G. Straub Award Ceremony and SeminarParviz Moin, Franklin and Caroline Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University and Director, Center for Turbulence Research

2011 Lorenz G. Straub Award Recipient: Bing Wang


Progress and Challenges in Numerical Simulation of Multi-physics Turbulent Flows in Complex Geometry