University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Lian Shen

Professor, Director, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Office: 229 Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 612-625-7527

Sc.D. 2001, Fluid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. 1993, Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China




  • Computational fluid dynamics
    DNS and LES of turbulent flows; simulation of free-surface flows; computation of nonlinear waves

  • Turbulent boundary layers at smooth and rough undulatory surfaces
    Flow over wavy boundaries; wind-wave interaction; marine atmospheric boundary layer

  • Free-surface and multi-fluids flows
    Free-surface turbulence; interfacial transport; wave-turbulence interaction; wave breaking

  • Sustainable energy
    Ocean wave and wind as renewable energy resources; offshore wind farms; floating wind turbines; wave energy converters

  • Environmental fluid mechanics
    Transport at water surface and effect of surfactants; air-water transfer of heat and greenhouse gases

  • Radiative transfer
    Optics in water environment; hydrodynamic-optical effect on ecological-biogeochemical systems

  • Scientific computing and modeling
    High-performance large-scale parallel computing; data-intensive computing; multi-physics modeling