Department of Mechanical and Enviromental Engineering
Professor Homsy's research interests are in fluid mechanics and transport, and in particular in interfacial flows, polymer and viscoelastic fluid mechanics, porous media flows, and microgravity fluid mechanics. His group uses a combination of analytical theory, large scale numerical simulation, and experimental studies in order to understand these flows from a fundamental point of view.
G. M. "Bud" Homsy was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He obtained all his degrees in Chemical Engineering. After a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at Imperial College, London, he joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at Stanford University in Fall, 1970, where he taught before joining the faculty of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2001. His field of research is fluid mechanics and hydrodynamic stability and has authored over 150 papers. He has held many professional positions, including Vice-Chair and Chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, two terms as Department Chair at Stanford, Chairman of the Board of USRA, and Associate Editorships of SIAM J. Applied Math and Physics of Fluids. He is a Fellow of the APS, a Bing Fellow at Stanford University, and has been the Talbot Lecturer at UIUC, and the Batchelor Visitor at DAMTP, Cambridge. He received the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the APS in 2004 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. He was the Principal Investigator for the production of "Multimedia Fluid Mechanics", Cambridge, (2001).