David G. Goodwin Memorial Lecture

May 26, 2022, 4:00 PM

Jim and Sandy Hall Auditorium, 135 Gates • Thomas

Reception to follow in Gates-Thomas 235

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David G. Goodwin

The Lecture is in memory of David G. Goodwin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics, Emeritus, who passed away on November 11, 2012. Professor Goodwin was best known for developing ways to grow thin films of high-purity diamond. Diamond films—transparent, scratch-resistant, and efficient dissipaters of the heat generated by high-powered computer chips—are now routinely used to protect electronic and optical components, and diamond-coated drill bits can be found at any hardware store.

The Lecture will be held annually and is made possible by the Division of Engineering and Applied Science and the support of family, friends and colleagues through donations to the David G. Goodwin Memorial Fund.

Data-driven modeling of fluids

Clancy Rowley, Princeton University

Fluid flows can be extraordinarily complex, and even turbulent, yet often there is structure lying within the apparent complexity. Understanding this structure can help explain observed physical phenomena, and can help with the design of control strategies in situations where one would like to change the natural state of a flow. This talk addresses techniques for obtaining simple, approximate models for fluid flows, using data from simulations or experiments. We discuss a number of methods, including principal component analysis, balanced truncation, and Koopman operator methods, and focus on a new method for optimizing projections of nonlinear systems. We apply these techniques to several flows with complex behavior, including a transitional channel flow and an axisymmetric jet.

Clancy Rowley

Clancy Rowley is the Sin-I Cheng Professor of Engineering Science in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, and is an associated faculty in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his doctoral degree from Caltech, both in Mechanical Engineering. He has received several awards, including an NSF CAREER Award and an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. His research interests lie at the intersection of dynamical systems, control theory, and fluid mechanics, and focus on reduced-order models suitable for analysis and control design.