G. Paul Neitzel

Doctor of the University

G. Paul Neitzel holds the position of Doctor of the University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His interests are in fluid mechanics and his research has spanned a number of different areas within that discipline. Topics range from hydrodynamic stability of unsteady flows and flows driven by surface-tension effects, vortex breakdown, and bioreactor fluid mechanics, to permanent noncoalescence and nonwetting, including optical levitation and translation of droplets above solid surfaces.  He is presently engaged in research studying droplet impacts on smooth and roughened inclined surfaces, with an interest in providing a firmer scientific basis for forensic blood-spatter analysis.

Dr. Neitzel has held faculty positions at Arizona State University and, most recently, the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as working at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground.  He has been a visiting professor at Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany), Université d’Aix-Marseille II (France) and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (England).  He has also served in a variety of advisory roles, most notably, with NASA.



Ph.D.  1979, The Johns Hopkins University

M.S.  1974, The Johns Hopkins University

B.S.  1969, Rollins College



2018 – Present:  Doctor of the University, WSE Mechanical Engineering

2018 – Present:  Professor Emeritus, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

1990 – 2018:  Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

1979 – 1990:  Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Arizona State University

1969 – 1979: Mathematician, Aerospace Engineer, U.S. Army Ballistic Research Laboratories



2011:  Zeigler Outstanding Educator Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

2001: Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1994:  Fellow, American Physical Society

1990:  Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

1985:  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

1985:  Science and Engineering Research Council Research Fellowship, United Kingdom

1983:  Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation

1992:  Honorary Member, Pi Tau Sigma

1981:  Research Initiation Grant, National Science Foundation


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