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Eric Johnsen

Eric Johnsen

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, Mechanical Engineering

Scientific Computing and Flow Physics Laboratory


2380C GGB
2350 Hayward, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 647-1450


PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2008
MS, California Institute of Technology, 2002
BS, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on multiphase flow, cavitation and bubble dynamics, computational fluid dynamics, high-speed flow and shock waves, turbulence and mixing, interfacial instabilities, plasmas, and high-performance computing. Applications include biomedical engineering, energy, aeronautics, turbomachinery, naval engineering and high-energy density physics.

Research Areas

Biomechanics & Biosystems Engineering, Energy, Fluids, Multi-scale Computation

Honors & Awards

  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2013
  • Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research, 2012
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2010
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford, 2007-2009
  • Centennial Prize, Mechanical Engineering, Caltech, 2008

Faculty Type

Tenured and Tenure-Track

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