Eric S. G. Shaqfeh

Lester Levi Carter Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University
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Eric Shaqfeh earned a B.S.E. summa cum laude from Princeton University (1981), and a M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) from Stanford University all in Chemical Engineering. In 1986, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. From 1987 through 1989 he was employed as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ before joining the Stanford Chemical Engineering faculty in early 1990. In 2001 he received a dual appointment and became Professor of Mechanical Engineering. As of 2004, he is also a faculty member in the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford.

Shaqfeh’s current research interests include non-Newtonian fluid mechanics (especially in the area of elastic instabilities, and turbulent drag reduction), non-equilibrium polymer statistical dynamics (focusing on single molecules studies of DNA), and suspension mechanics (particularly of fiber suspensions and particles/vesicles in microfluidics).He has authored or co-authored over 200 publications and serves as an Associate Editor of the Physical Review Fluids. He also serves on the boards of four other international journals.

Shaqfeh has received a number of awards including the 2011 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology and the 2018 Alpha Chi Sigma Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AICHE). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2001), the Society of Rheology(2015), and the AICHE (2019) as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2013). Finally, he has held a number of professional lectureships, including the Merck Distinguished Lecturer, Rutgers (2003), the Corrsin Lecturer, Johns Hopkins (2003) the Katz Lecturer, CCNY (2004), the Hougen Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (2004), the Probstein Lecturer at MIT (2011), the Schowalter Lecturer at the AICHE (2021) and most recently, the Gaden Lecturer at Columbia (2022).