Tamer Zaki, a winner of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, is recognized for his innovative theoretical and engineering solutions to technological and environmental challenges created when turbulence meets momentum, heat, and mass. He is a professor of mechanical engineering.
Zaki’s work offers novel applications for hydro and aero-dynamics, turbo-machinery, heat transfer, materials processing, and medical interventions with inhaled drug delivery. His research and the work of his lab, Johns Hopkins’ Flow Science and Engineering (FSE), address a classic, complex mechanics problem: Infinitesimal disturbances can cause organized fluid motion to become chaotic. To capture these detailed flow instabilities that precede the onset of turbulence, Zaki creates high-fidelity, scalable numerical simulations with complementary analytical and semi-analytical techniques. Current research areas include modeling and controlling the transition to turbulence, flow manipulation and turbulent drag reduction technologies, and the stability of viscoelastic shear flows.
Zaki is the 2016 and 2017 winner of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science visiting fellowship. A life member of the American Physical Society, he is also a member of JHU’s Institute for Data Intensive Engineering and Science and the Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics. He is the 2017 recipient of JHU William H. Huggins Excellence in Teaching Award and has garnered several awards at Imperial College London. Zaki co-organized the 2018 Mini-symposium on Complex Flows: Dynamics of Viscoelastic and Inertioelastic flows and the 16th and 17th International Symposia on Transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery in 2016 and 2017.
Author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, Zaki is a member of the editorial advisory board of Flow, Turbulence & Combustion. He also referees several journals, including the Journal of Fluid Mechanics; Computers and Fluids; Royal Society Philosophical Transactions; Flow, Turbulence and Combustion; Journal of Turbomachinery; and the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow.
He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and, from Stanford University, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering (2001), a PhD in Flow Physics and Computational Engineering, and a PhD minor in Mathematics (2005).