Dr. Brent Houchens
Brent Houchens received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in the areas of fluid mechanics, heat transfer and magnetohydrodynamics modeling. He studies bulk semiconductor crystal growth processing and fundamental fluid flows. This work involves surface tension effects including thermocapillary driving, and electromagnetic effects including magnetic stirring and damping. Professor Houchens combines computational techniques such as spectral methods and linear stability analysis with regular and singular perturbation theory (asymptotics) to bridge numerical and analytical models. This allows for the study of flows which are difficult to analyze from a purely numerical standpoint.
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