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Kenneth T. Christensen, Department Chairman

Kenneth T. Christensen is a Professor and the Collegiate Chair in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Notre Dame, with a joint appointment in the Departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences.  He also presently serves as the Department Chair of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and as a Provost's Fellow at Notre Dame.  Prior to August 2014 he was a Professor, Kritzer Faculty Scholar and Associate Head for Undergraduate and Mechanics Programs in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Affiliate appointments in Aerospace Engineering and Geology.  He received his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1995, an M. S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 1996 and a Ph. D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 2001.  He began as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico in 2002 and joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 2004, where he was promoted to Associate Professor (2007) and Full Professor (2012).  He directs a research group that pursues experimental studies of turbulence, geophysical flows and microfluidics and also served as the Associate Director of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) Satellite Center at Illinois (2011-2014) and for which he still serves as a WPI Principal Investigator.

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Associate Chairman

Dr. James Schmiedeler
373 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
574-631-6403
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Joseph M. Powers
365B Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
574-631-5978
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Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Timothy C. Ovaert
146 Multidisciplinary Research Building
574-631-9371 
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