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Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics at the University of Maryland

Inspired by the intellectual heritage of Johannes M. Burgers, who had a second career (1955 – 1981) at the University of Maryland after his retirement at the Technical University of Delft , the mission of the Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics is to enhance the quality and international visibility of the research and educational programs in fluid dynamics and related areas at the University of Maryland, in partnership with the J.M. Burgerscentrum (JMBC). Fluid dynamics in this context is viewed to include a broad range of dynamics, from nanoscales to geophysical scales, in simple and complex fluids. The establishment of the Burgers Program was celebrated with an inaugural symposium at the University of Maryland in November 2004. Gijs Ooms, then Scientific Director of the JMBC, gave a lecture on the life and legacy of Burgers on that occasion. The interdisciplinary Burgers Program encompasses almost 80 faculty members spread over 22 different units in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. For detailed information go to

There have been numerous faculty and student exchanges between groups of the JMBC and the Burgers Program. Visitors to Maryland have come from the Technical Universities of Delft and Eindhoven as well as from Leiden, Twente, and Utrecht Universities.  Thirty journal articles have resulted from these exchanges.  At the annual Burgers Symposium in November of each year, the Burgers Lecture has been given by JMBC faculty:  Frans Nieuwstadt, Bruno Eckhardt, Gijs Ooms, Detlef Lohse, Wim van Saarloos, Kees Vuik, Wim Briels, Henk Dijkstra and Harry van den Akker, as well as by several others from France, Germany and the United States. Each spring semester the Burgers Program holds a Ph.D. student/Post-doctoral Fellow showcase Symposium, together with fluid dynamics groups from Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University. Five or six seminars are offered each academic semester in the Fluid Dynamics Reviews series.  Beginning in 2010, the Burgers Program also began offering advanced level, week-long Research Summer Schools.  The subjects have been Topics in Turbulence (three times), Granular Flows: from Simulations to Astrophysical Applications, Data Assimilation in the Geosciences, Nonlinear Surface Waves and, to be offered in June 2019, Multi-Phase Flow. A number of students from the JMBC have participated in each of these Research Summer Schools.

Burgers Program Maryland (USA)

James Duncan, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Director, Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics
T 301 405 5260

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