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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Brent Houchens

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Rice University

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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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