Burgers Program Maryland
Inspired by the intellectual heritage of J.M. Burgers, the mission of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics at the University of Maryland is to enhance the quality and international visibility of the research and educational programs in fluid dynamics and related areas at the University of Maryland in partnership with the J.M. Burgerscentrum (JMBC) in The Netherlands. Fluid dynamics in this context is viewed to include a broad range of dynamics, from nanoscales to geophysical scales, in simple and complex fluids. The establishment of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics was celebrated with an inaugural symposium at the University of Maryland in November 2004. At the second Burgers Symposium James Wallace gave a talk commemorating the legacy of Frans T. M. Nieuwstadt. The interdisciplinary Burgers Program encompasses over 70 faculty members spread over 22 different units in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the College of Chemical and Life Sciences and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. For detailed information go to http://www.burgers.umd.edu/.
Burgers Visiting Faculty and Student Exchanges - In 2003 the Burgers Program created a Burgers Visiting Professorship in fluid dynamics. We have been able to attract distinguished professors from universities abroad to spend up to a year at the University of Maryland working with our faculty and their graduate students. The first Burgers Visiting Professor was Bruno Eckhardt, Professor of Theoretical Physics from Phillips Universität in Marburg, Germany. He spent the 2004-2005 academic year with us. In 2005-2006 we enjoyed the visits of two Burgers Associate Professors: Dr. Sasa Kenjeres of J. M. Burgers Center in the Netherlands and Dr. Serge Simoëns of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France. In May 2007 Prof. Jerry Westerweel, Director of the Laboratory for Aero and Hydrodynamics of Delft University of Technology was our Burgers Visiting Professor for three months. In the spring of 2008 Prof. Willem van de Water of the Eindhoven University of Technology visited our Program to work with Prof. Wolfgang Losert of our Physics Dept. for 2 ½ months. In addition, several graduate students from JMBC have had visits of several months at Maryland. Faculty from the University of Maryland are encouraged to spend a sabbatical at one of the Dutch Universities associated with JMBC. For instance, Kenneth Kiger, who was a speaker at the Burgersdag 2006, earlier had spent a sabbatical year with the JMBC research group in Delft. Burgers Lectureship - We have also initiated an annual Burgers Lecture which is given by a distinguished visitor who comes to the campus for several days or even weeks in November. This is always the keynote lecture at our annual Burgers Symposium, which takes place in the week before the annual Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting of the American Physical Society. In 2003 Prof. Frans Nieuwstadt, then Director of the Laboratory for Aero and Hydrodynamics of Delft University of Technology, was our lecturer. Since then, Prof. Bruno Eckhardt , Prof. Charles Meneveau of Johns Hopkins University, Prof. Gijs Ooms, Chairman of the Burgers Center in the Netherlands, Prof. Detlef Lohse of Twente University, Prof. Wim van Saarloos of Leiden and Prof. Kees Vuik of Delft have been our Burgers Lecturers. Annual Graduate Student/Post-doctoral Fellow Showcase with Johns Hopkins University - In collaboration with the Center for Applied and Environmental Fluid Mechanics of Johns Hopkins University, the Burgers Program has put on an annual graduate student/post-doctoral fellow showcase symposium in the spring of each year, beginning in April, 2005. The venue for the symposium alternates between sites each year. After a keynote address by a faculty member from the visiting institution, students and research associates give short presentations on their research. Members of the fluid dynamics community from around the region are invited to attend the symposium with the hope that the presentations will interest these attendees and create employment opportunities for the presenters. Tutorial School on Fluid Dynamics - This new initiative will be inaugurated in late May 2010, with plans to offer it every year. The subject of the first School is Turblence. The level of instructions is aimed a level beyond that of a first graduate course in the subject area. Almost 40 graduate student and post-doc participants from the U.S. and other coutries, including nine from JMBC, will attend. Fluid Dynamics Reviews seminars - This seminar series, which has continued for over forty years at the University of Maryland, has been incorporated into the Burgers Program. It is supported by the Minta Martin research fund. The format allows for faculty and their students and post-docs from the Burgers Program as well as for visitors to give presentations five or six times per semester. The seminar series has sponsored the visits of a long list of very distinguished speakers over the many years it has been a part of the campus’ intellectual life..
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