S. “Bala” Balachandar – Director

William F. Powers Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Affiliate professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering

S. “Bala” Balachandar is currently William F. Powers Professor of the department of mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and affiliate professor of the Civil and Coastal Engineering department. He has over 25 years of research experience in large-scale state-of-the-art simulations of transitional and complex turbulent flows of industrial, environmental and geophysical importance. His expertise includes science-based engineering education, multiscale, multimaterial modeling & simulation of multiphase flows, predictive simulation science and development of numerical & computational techniques for emerging supercomputers.

Dr. Balachandar got his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1983 and his MS and PhD in Applied Mathematics and Engineering at Brown university in 1985 and 1988. He then briefly worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a contractor. From 1990 to 2005 he was at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. From 2005 to 2011 he was the Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. Under his leadership the department rapidly expanded to become the largest department in the college of engineering.

He is currently Fellow of American Physical Society (APS) and American Society of mechanical Engineers (ASME); and Associate Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow and an editor for the Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Bala received the Francois Naftali Frenkiel Award from American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) in 1996 and the Arnold Beckman Award and the University Scholar Award from University of Illinois. In 2003, Bala’s student Dr. Prosenjit Bagchi won the coveted Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award for best Doctoral Thesis from APS-DFD. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was the vice-Chair and later the Chair of the Multiphase Flow Technical Committee at ASME and currently member of the division honors and awards committee. He is on the executive board of the International Conference on Multiphase Flow. He also serves on the Engineering Sciences External Review Panel for the Sandia National Laboratories.


Faculty Membershipice-org-chart

Membership is available to any faculty with a commitment and capacity to positively contribute to the mission of the Institute.  Members of the Institute have access to Institute infrastructure, administration, and resources that may include graduate student and research support pending available funds.  Members are expected to participate in seminars, program development, and grant applications in collaboration with other members of the Institute.  Members are engaged in Institute-relevant research as evidenced by proposal development, publications, presentations, supervising graduate students, and teaching in areas related to the Institute’s focus.


Faculty Advisory Committee

Members of the committee will be chosen by the Institute Director, with approval from the Dean, and will consist of at least one member from each participating department.  This committee, chaired by the Director, will be a significant contributor to the intellectual direction of the Institute.  It is responsible for making recommendations about the allocation of Institute resources as they become available.  The Institute Faculty Advisory Committee is also expected to engage groups with complementary interests, provide leadership within the College, and provide counsel to the Dean’s office regarding the Institute’s specific interdisciplinary research areas.

butler-CopyJason E. Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

PhD, 1998 The University of Texas at Austin
Ph : (352)-392-2591
Fx: (352)-392-9513

431 Chemical Engineering Building


dingMingzhou Ding, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

PhD, 1990 University of Maryland Physics
Ph : (352) 273-9332
Fx: (352) 273-9221
BMS J285 P.O. Box 116131


georgeAlan D. George, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

PhD, Florida State University
Ph: (352) 392-5225
Fx: (352) 392-8671
Room 327, Larsen Hall


guanYongpei Guan, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

PhD, 2005 Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph: (352) 392-1464
Fx: (352) 392-3537
Room 413, Weil Hall


ranka1Sanjay Ranka, Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering

PHD, 1988 Computer Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Ph: (352) 514-4213
Fx: (352) 392-1220
Room E432, CSE Bldg


sinnottSusan Sinnott, Professor, Department of Material Science and Engineering

PHD, 1993 Physical Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Ph: (352) 846-3778
Fx: (352) 846-3355
Room 154, RHN Bldg


slinnDonald N. Slinn, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering

PHD, 1995 Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
Ph: (352) 392-9537
Room 575, Weil Hall