Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Flow

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kenneth T. Christensen, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 2001

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 1996

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1995

Professional Experience

Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2012-Present)

Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (January 2013-Present)

Associate Head for Mechanics Programs, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2012-Present)

Associate Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (September 2007-August 2012)

Associate Director, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) Satellite Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2011-Present)

Affiliate, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (December 2009-Present)

Affiliate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2008-Present)

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (April 2005-September 2007)

Assistant Professor, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (January 2004-April 2005)

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico (2002-2004)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2001-2002)

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996-2001)

Awards and Honors

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME; 2012)
Editorial Advisory Board, Experiments in Fluids (2012-present)
Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, College of Engineering, Univ. of Illinois (2012)
Kritzer Faculty Scholar, MechSE Department, University of Illinois (2011-present)
François Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (2011)
Editorial Board, Measurement Science and Technology (2011-present)
Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, Univ. of Illinois (2011)
Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA; 2010)
Research on rough-wall turbulence highlighted in Aerospace America Year in Review (December issue, pg. 15), 2010
Cover article (research on pediatric ventricular assist device), Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (vol. 132, No. 7), 2010
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2007)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Award (2006)
Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education Scholar (UIUC; 8/04)
Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (Oak Ridge Associated Universities; 5/03)
Nominated for Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Prize in Fluid Mechanics (American Physical Society; 6/01)
Stanley J. Weiss Outstanding Thesis Award ( TAM Dept., UIUC; 3/01)
Larson Graduate Fellowship ( TAM Dept., UIUC; 3/00)
SURGE Fellowship (UIUC College of Engineering; 8/96-12/00)
Clark B. Millikan Fellowship (California Institute of Technology; 1995-96)
Special Institute Fellowship (California Institute of Technology; 1995-96)
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (declined)
George Breece Prize for highest GPA in UNM School of Engineering 1995 graduating class

Invited Lectures

University of Notre Dame, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lecture Series, 2013 (upcoming)

51st American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2013 (upcoming)

Keynote Lecture, American Institute of Chemical Engineering Annual Meeting, 2012

Michigan State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2012

50th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2012

François Frenkiel Award Lecture, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, 2011

Delft University of Technology, J. M. Burgers Course on Particle Image Velocimetry, J. M. Burgers Center for Fluid Mechanics, The Netherlands, 2011 (2 lectures)

Delft University of Technology, Department of Process Engineering and Energy, The Netherlands, 2011

Iowa State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2011

49th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2011

World Universities Network (WUN) Seminar Series on Earth Surface Sedimentary Flow Processes, 2010

National Center for Atmospheric Reseach (NCAR), 2008

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brazil, 2008

American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting, 2007

37th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fluid Dynamics Conference, 2007

University of Minnesota, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 2007

Arizona State University, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2006

Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, 2006

3rd International Workshop on Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows, Chicago, 2005

Iowa State University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2004

TSI, Inc., 2004

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2004

California Institute of Technology, Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories, 2002

University of Minnesota, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 2002

University of New Mexico, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2002

Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque), Engineering Sciences, 2001

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Ocean Engineering, 2000

ExxonMobil, Upstream Research Center, 2000

Contact Information

Office: 154 Mechanical Engineering Building
Lab: 129 Talbot Laboratory
Phone: 217.333.0966 (Office)
FAX: 217.244.6534
E-mail: ktc at illinois dot edu

Mailing Address
MechSE Department
University of Illinois
158 Mechanical Engineering Building
1206 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801 USA

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