Professional Skills Development Workshop for Women Physicists

Register for this event at this link: Registration - Women Physicist Workshop
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sponsored by: APS with support from NSF and DFD
Contact: Brián Clash, American Physical Society,
Additional Organizer: Amy Lang, Univ. of Alabama

Professional Skills Development Workshops are designed to provide women physicists with professional training in effective negotiation and communication skills, as well as a special opportunity for networking. Participation is open to female postdocs and early career female physicists. Workshops are conducted by professional facilitators and are limited for optimal participation.
Travel Reimbursement: Participants are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements and may receive reimbursement for 1 night at one of the DFD hotels. 
Eligibility: Because the workshops are funded by the National Science Foundation, you must be affiliated with a US institution/facility to be eligible for funding consideration. 

Support for this program has been received from the National Science Foundation under Award No. PHY-1419913.

Contact for registration issues: Monica Malouf (



You must register for these events in advance through the conference registration website.


Young Investigator Workshop

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Contact: Devesh Ranjan, Georgia Institute of Technology,

Program Directors from governmental agencies will lead a luncheon discussion on their funding awards programs for early career researchers. To attend this free workshop/lunch, attendees must be registered for the DFD meeting and be eligible for at least one of the awards. Space is limited, and attendees are required to sign up in advance during registration. Eligibility requirements and additional information on the CAREER Program and the Young Investigator Programs can be found at and Lunch will be served.


Fluids Education Lunch

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sponsored by: DFD Education and Outreach Committee
Contact: Laura Miller, Univ. of North Carolina,
Additional Organizers: Michael Schatz, Georgia Institute of Technology; Maciej Balajewicz, Pratap Vanka, Univ. of Illinois; Jesse Capecelatro, Univ. of Michigan

This year’s Fluids Education Workshop will address how to design and build experimental and computational fluids laboratories that are less expensive and portable for in-lecture use. The workshop will consist of a 30-minute panel discussion and 30-minute demonstrations. Our focus is to discuss ways to implement in-class demonstrations while teaching on an ever shrinking budget. We believe that such tools can serve a variety of audiences such as pre-engineering programs, high schools, community colleges, and interdisciplinary venues. For example, cheap and easy experimental set-ups could be used in applied mathematics courses. Simple computational examples in Python could be used in experimental classes.

All the Faces of Fluid Dynamics

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sponsored by:  Division of Fluid Dynamics
Contact: David Hu, Georgia Institute of Technology,

Four faculty will speak in a panel discussion about their personal experiences successfully increasing diversity in the workplace.  Speakers will include author of the upcoming “A super gay companion to calculus,” Williams College Mathematics Professor Chad Topaz, US Naval Academy Professor Karen Flack, Georgia Tech Department Chair emeritus, Bill Wepfer, and Princeton University Associate Professor Marcus Hultmark. We will begin with 10 minutes of self-introductions, 40 minutes of panel discussion, 20 minutes of question and answer from the audience, and 30 minutes of mingling.   This workshop will help to give under-represented members of APS, especially students, a safe place where their voice can be heard.   Lunch will be served for the first 50 attendees.



Women in Fluids Networking Lunch

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sponsored by: The Division of Fluid Dynamics and the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
Contact: Katherine Prestridge, Los Alamos National Lab,
Additional Organizer:  Laura Miller, Univ. of North Carolina

Networking lunch for female students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and professionals.


Student Lunch

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Contact: Cyrus Aidun, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Additional Organizer: Amy Lang, Univ. of Alabama

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to sign up for lunch with an expert in fluid dynamics.  The expertise of each individual and their affiliation is listed below; they will be open to answering any question on the topic of research or professional advice. 

Students must provide their advisor’s name and contact information upon registration to facilitate constructive feedback. Participants will be asked to complete a feedback form at the conclusion of the event highlighting the discussion topics.

Table 1.      Sivaramakrishnan Balachandar, Univ. of Florida. Large scale simulation of complex flows, transition and turbulence, multiphase flows, environmental flows
Table 2.      Steve Beresh, Sandia National Labs. Optical diagnostics, aerodynamics, PIV, instrumentation and sensors, wind tunnel testing and facility operation
Table 3.      Dana Dabiri, Univ. of Washington. Particle velocimetry methods
Table 4.      John Dabiri, Stanford Univ. Science and technology at the intersection of fluid mechanics, energy, the environment, and biology
Table 5.      James Duncan, Univ. of Maryland. Breaking water waves; bubbles interacting with compliant boundaries; turbulent boundary layers; quantitative flow visualization
Table 6.      Karen Flack, U.S. Naval Academy. Turbulent boundary layers; roughness effects on wall bounded flows; wind and tidal turbines
Table 7.      Ann Karagozian, UCLA. Fluid mechanics and combustion, with applications to advanced rocket and air breathing propulsion systems
Table 8.      Manoochehr Koochesfahani, Michigan State Univ. Turbulent mixing, aerodynamics, experimental methods, biologically inspired flows
Table 9.      Fredrik Lundell, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Dynamics of particle motion in viscous flow, novel assembly techniques for biobased materials, and experimental methods
Table 10.    Jeff Morris, The City Univ. of New York. Complex fluid flows, microrheology, inertial migration, contact line studies, oscillatory and polydisperse rheology
Table 11.    Dimitrios Papavassilou, Univ. of Oklahoma. Computational methods, turbulent transport, flow and mass transfer in bioreactors, micro- and nano-fluidics, and flow through porous media
Table 12.    William Schultz, Univ. of Michigan. Waves, stability, spectral method, mechanics of fish swimming, swallowing physics, industrial processes
Table 13.    Paul Steen, Cornell Univ. Dynamics and instability of capillary surfaces; spectral theories of meniscus motions; capillary flow-forming; rapid solidification processing of amorphous alloys by planar flow casting
Table 14.    Sigurdur Thoroddsen, KAUST. Experimental fluid mechanics, ultra-high-speed video imaging of splashing, coalescence, drop breakup


Lunch for Underrepresented Minority Researchers

Time: During the lunch break
Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Sponsored by: Office of Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology
Contact: Luciano Castillo, Purdue Univ.,
Additional Organizer: Minami Yoda, Georgia Institute of Technology

An opportunity for fluid mechanics researchers from underrepresented minority groups to build community, network with others, and create a platform for mentoring.