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Stefan Llewellyn Smith

Professor and Department Chair, MAE

Fluid dynamics and environmental engineering.

Professor Llewellyn Smith's research interests lie mostly in fluid dynamics and applied mathematics.  He works in particular on geophysical fluid dynamics, vortex dynamics, fluid-structure interaction and asymptotics.  He also has an interest in Mathematics in Industry.

Problems and areas he has worked on in the past include altimetric measurement of large-scale ocean turbulence, friction welding, critical layers on vortices, scattering by stratified and three-dimensional vortices, vortex dynamos, instability of colliding vortex rings, short-wave scattering by vortices, acoustic scattering in superfluids, tidal conversion, dispersion in plumes, near-inertial oscillations, Maxwell's problem, sea-breeze scatterometry, edge waves, hydrate dissociation, internal waves, horizontal convection and vortex shedding.

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Stefan G. Llewellyn Smith received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 1996. He was a research fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge, from 1996 to 1999, working in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He spent a year from 1996 to 1997 on a Lindemann Trust Fellowship at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. He joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCSD in 1999 as Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering. His research interests include fluid dynamics, especially its application to environmental and engineering problem, acoustics and asymptotic methods.

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