VIDEO: Between solids and fluids cool things happen
This video highlights the research lab of Howard A. Stone, Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Stone studies problems of engineering, physics and chemistry in the field of fluid mechanics.
“Fluid mechanics is cool because it occurs everywhere around you,” Stone says. Principles of fluid mechanics are at work, he notes, when you engage in such everyday activities as washing your hair or mixing salad dressing,
Stone discusses the fundamental research being done by his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the area of microfluidics, which involves making devices the size of a human hair and manipulating fluids within them, and also the field of biofilms, where the group’s work has yielded surprising results.
Stone is known both for his cutting edge fundamental research and for his mentorship. He says in the video that he wants his research lab to be a place where people enjoy not only the work they do but also each other. “Having an environment where everyone can grow and collaborate and become better people and better human beings is the great thing about being at a university,” Stone says.
Funders of Howard Stone's lab include Project X Fund, Unilever Research, National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research.
Video by Volker Steger.