Mechanical and aerospace engineer Howard Stone and his collaborators used experiments, simulations and theoretical calculations to study how fluid flow affects biofilms -- sticky aggregations of microorganisms that are known to form string-like streamers in response to turbulent flows (represented above). Learn more about Stone's research in the University's 2011 research report, Discovery.
Illustration by Roberto Rusconi
Research at Princeton
Posted October 13, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
From the advancement of mathematical theory and sociological understanding to the development of cleaner-burning fuels and novel electronic devices, research at Princeton aims to expand the frontiers of human knowledge and improve societal well-being.
Scholarship and research are essential aspects of the University's enterprise. Increasing fundamental knowledge and addressing real-world problems, Princeton scientists and scholars pursue research across the spectrum of intellectual inquiry. Every member of the faculty is engaged in scholarly research; each year the members of the faculty publish more than 2,000 scholarly documents. In addition, graduate students and upperclass undergraduates pursue independent research.
While many research projects begin with individual scholars and scientists working within their academic departments, many others are interdisciplinary and bridge academic disciplines. Research collaborations also extend well beyond the Princeton campus, reaching across the country and around the world.
For more information about research at Princeton, view current publications and the Dean for Research website.
This map of the universe, created by the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), shows the pattern of polarized light emitted by the Milky Way galaxy. Learn more about WMAP and other research in the University’s 2011 research report, Discovery. (Image courtesy of David Spergel)