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Our Mission

Inspired by the intellectual heritage of J. M. Burgers, the mission of the Burgers Program is to enhance the quality and international visibility of fluid dynamics research and educational programs at the University of Maryland with the help of an endowed Burgers Fund. Fluid dynamics in this context is viewed to include a broad range of dynamics, from nanoscales to geophysical scales, in simple and complex fluids.

2018 Summer School: Topics in Turbulence

The Burgers Program at the University of Maryland, in collaboration with the Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics at Johns Hopkins University, is organizing a Turbulence Summer School during June 4-8, 2018. This Summer School is aimed at graduate students and will feature lectures from several distinguished speakers as well as hands-on tutorials focused on analyzing DNS data.


Burgers Program Activities

  1. Annual Burgers Program Lectures and Symposia

    • 2004 – Bruno Echardt – Philipps Universität, Marburg - Dynamics of turbulent shear flows.
    • 2005 - Charles Meneveau, Johns Hopkins University. - On dynamical models of turbulence.
    • 2006 – Gijs Ooms, Scientific Director of JMBC - How particles interact and form bridges in shear flow near a wall at low Reynolds number.
    • 2007 - Detlef Lohse, Twente University – Zipping wetting and other surface phenomena.
    • 2008 – Wim van Saarloos, Leiden University - Flow instabilities and turbulence of visco-elastic fluids.
    • 2009 – Kees Vuik, Technical University of Delft – Preconditioners for incompressible flows.
    • 2010 – W. J. Briels, Twente University – Memory and transient forces in soft matter.
    • 2011 – Marie Farge, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris - Is the resistance of fluid flow still an open problem in the fully-developed turbulent regime?
    • 2012 – Henk Dijkstra, Utrecht University – Will the Atlantic Ocean circulation collapse before the end of this century?
    • 2013 – Ulrike Feudel, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg – Concepts of dynamical systems theory in environmental science.
    • 2014 – Katepalli Sreenivasan, New York University – Convection at extremely high Rayleigh numbers.
    • 2015 – Juergen Kurths, Humboldt University, Berlin – Sychronization and complex networks: Are such theoretical approaches useful for Earth science?
    • 2016 – Jayanta Bhattacharjee, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science – Scaling law for the turbulent energy spectrum in density-stratified fluids: Kolmogorov or Bolgiano-Obukhov?
    • 2017 - Fuquing Zhang, Pennsylvania Stat University - The -5/3’ atmospheric energy spectra, and the ultimate limit of weather predictability.
  2. Burgers Visiting Professors

    • 2004-2005 academic year - Bruno Eckhardt - Philipps Universität, Marburg
    • 2005-2006 academic year - Sasa Kenjeres, JMBC & Technical University, Delft; Serge Simoëns, CNRS & École Centrale de Lyon
    • May - July 2007 - Jerry Westerweel, JMBC & Technical University, Delft
    • May - June 2008 - Willem van de Water, JMBC & Technical University
    • Nov. 2008 - Wim van Saarloos, Leiden University
    • Oct. – Dec. 2010 - Wim Briels, Twente University
    • Nov. 2011 - Marie Farge, CNRS & École Normale Superieure, Paris
    • Nov. – Dec. 2012 - Henk Dijkstra, Utrecht University
    • Apr., May, Nov. 2013 - Ulrike Feudel, Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg
    • Nov. 2015 - Jürgen Kurths, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
    • Nov. 2016 - Jayanta Bhattacharjee, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, India
    • Nov. 2017 - Fuquing Znang, Pennsylvania State University
  3. Summer Research Schools on Fluid Dynamics

    • June 2010 - Topics in Turbulence
    • June 2011 - Granular Flows: From Simulations to Astrophysical Applications
    • June 2013 - Data Assimilation in the Geosciences
    • June 2015 - Topics in Turbulence
    • June 2016 - Nonlinear Waves
    • June 2018 - Topics in Turbulence
  4. Collaborative research publications supported by the Burgers Program

The Burgers Program is supported by funding from the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the A. J. Clark School of Engineering.