The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Goessmann Laboratory

Chemical Engineering Department
Amherst, MA 01003-9303
United States

Room 262D


Professor Davis’ research is in the area of physical applied mathematics, with applications primarily in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena. His interest in these areas was piqued by an undergraduate course in fluid mechanics at MIT. The instructor, Professor Howard Brenner, subsequently acted as a mentor as Professor Davis completed an undergraduate thesis, a course in interfacial transport processes (as the only enrolled student), and several other graduate courses in transport phenomena while maintaining a perfect GPA at MIT.  Professor Davis furthered his expertise in interfacial flows by studying with Professor Sandra Troian while earning his PhD at Princeton University.

Professor Davis utilizes analytical and numerical methods to provide physical insight and an enhanced fundamental understanding of the underlying phenomena. He has made significant contributions to the dynamics of thin liquid films on heterogeneous surfaces, interfacial flows, hydrodynamic stability, and microscale flows involving the dynamic interaction of microparticles with nano-textured surfaces. Much of his current research is focused on blood flow through capillary networks and related subjects in biofluid dynamics.