Fluid Mechanics Centennial

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the appointment of professor J.M. Burgers in Delft. This appointment is generally considered the initiation of modern research in fluid mechanics in the Netherlands. To celebrate this centennial there will be a one-day symposium on October 18, 2018.


The theme of the symposium is: 1918 => 2018 => 2118


Confirmed speakers are:

prof. Beverley McKeon (Graduate Aeronautics Laboratory, CalTech)

prof. Ruud Henkes (Shell Technology Center Amsterdam)

dr. Hanneke Gelderblom (TU/e) / dr. Alvaro Marin (UTwente) / dr. Daniel Tam (TUDelft)

dr. Nicole Sharp ("FYFD")

prof. Bas Haring (Leiden Univ.)


The symposium is free of admission, but to participate you need to register here (registration closes on October 5, 2018)


Program for Fluid Mechanics Centennial

10:00 | Registration + Coffee

10:30 | Opening | Tim van der Hagen

10:45 – 11:45 | Self-Similarity and Structure in Wall-Turbulence; Looking Forward with an Eye on the Past Beverley McKeon

11:45 – 12:00 | Intermezzo | Fons Alkemade

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch + Coffee

13:00 – 14:00 | The Future of Fluidmechanics

Daniel Tam | Alvaro Marin | Hanneke Gelderblom

14:00 – 15:00 | Communicating the next 100 years of Fluidmechanics: Lessons from J.M. Burgers

Nicole Sharp| FYFD

15:00 | Coffee

15:15 – 16:15 | The Power of the Scaling Law - Ruud Henkes | Shell

16:15 – 17:15 | Entertaining presentation | Bas Haring

17:15 | Borrel / Unveil artwork

Prof. Beverley McKeon
Caltech, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech
Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics

Prof Beverley McKeon received her B.A. and M.Eng from University of Cambridge and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003. In 2006 she moved to Caltech as an assistant professor and became full professor in 2011. After being an associate director of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT) she is currently the Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics.

dr. Hanneke Gelderblom

Dr. Hanneke Gelderblom received her Ph.D. at the Physics of Fluid group at Twente University in 2013. After being a Visiting scientist at Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique at Ecole Polytechnique Paris with Prof. Christoph Clanet she joined as a NWO Project Leader at Twente University. Currently she is an assistant professor in Capillary Phenomena in (bio-)fluids at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU\e).

dr. Alvaro Marin

Dr. Alvaro Marin received his Ph.D. from the University of Seville in 2008. After being a postdoctoral fellow at the Physics of Fluids group at Twente University and the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics in Munich he joined the Physics of Fluids group in 2016 as an assistant professor.

dr. Daniel Tam
TU Delft

Dr. Daniel Tam received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the Hatsopoulos Microfluids Laboratory in 2008. After being an instructor at applied mathematics at MIT he joined Delft University of Technology in 2012 where he is currently an assistant professor and lecturer at the Laboratory for Aero and Hydrodynamics.

dr. Nicole Sharp

Dr. Nicole Sharp received her B.S.E. from Case Western Reserve University and M.S. from Cornell University, whereafter she completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2014. During her Ph.D., Nicole started the FYFD blog on Tumblr, which has flourished ever since with an audience over 265,000 followers and recognition from publications including The New York Times and Wired Magazine. Nicole has worked for the MIT Lincoln Laboratory and has been a Visiting Science Communication Expert at Harvard University. Currently, she continues to be heavily involved in the fluids community as a writer, video producer, and science communicator.

prof.dr.ir. Ruud Henkes
TU Delft / Shell Projects & Technology

Prof. Ruud Henkes received his Ph.D. at the faculty of Applied Sciences of Delft University of Technology in 1990. After being a research fellow of the KNAW at the TU Delft, he joined Aerospace Engineering as an Associate Professor Aerodynamics in 1995. He moved to Shell Projects & Technology in 1997, where he became the team leader Multiphase Flow in 2001. He was appointed part-time, full professor in Multiphase Flow at Applied Sciences / Mechanical Engineering in Delft in 2009, which is combined with his current role as Principal Technical Expert Fluid Flow at  Shell in Amsterdam.

prof. Bas Haring
Leiden Univ.

Prof.dr. Bas Haring received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence from the University of Utrecht in 1997. After his PhD Bas wrote several books on science, joined Leiden Univ. in 2006 as a lecturer where he setup the master track Media Technology. Bas is known for being a public philosopher, his latest book it entitled “Why Coca-cola is more Expensive than Milk.”