University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Paul J. Strykowski

Morse Alumni Professor
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Office: ME 237
Phone: 612-626-2008

Ph.D. 1986, M.S. 1983, Mechanical Engineering, Yale University
B.S. 1982, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin



Research examines both the fundamental physics and applied fluid mechanics of nonreacting and reacting free shear flows. Studies include transitional and turbulent free shear flows experiencing density variation, curvature, compressibility, and heat release. Particular attention is paid to the underlying local and global stability characteristics of the shear flow and the extent to which these features impact flow control. Spatio-temporal stability theory is used to understand flow receptivity, most notably in scenarios where absolute and convective instability dictate flow dynamics. Flow conditions range from low-speed liquid flows to high-speed compressible gas flows.

Professor Strykowski is a Morse Alumni professor and is the recipient of George Taylor-IT Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and George Taylor Career Development Award.