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Mark Stremler, Ph.D.

  • Engineering Mechanics Graduate Chair
Mark Stremler
Norris Hall 333-P
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Dynamics and control
  • Fluid mechanics

Research Interests

  • Fluid mechanics, including reduced-order mathematical, numerical, and experimental models of fluid flows
  • Fluid-structure interaction, flows dominated by coherent vortical structures, mixing and separation in laminar flows, and fluid dynamics in biological systems
  • Dynamical systems theory and chaos, including topological chaos and applications to fluid motion and mixing


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1998
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: M.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1995 
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1993 
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology: B.S., Mathematics, 1993 

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Otto Moensted Visiting Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark, Spring 2022 
  • Guest co-Editor, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, special issue on vortex dynamics to commemorate the 200th birthday of H. von Helmholtz, 2020-2021
  • Graduate Chair of Engineering Mechanics, 2019-present
  • Director, Multi-Scale Transport in Environmental and Physiological Systems (MultiSTEPS) IGERT Program, 2010-2017
  • Graduate Chair of Engineering Mechanics, 2014-2016
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies in ESM, 2010-2011, 2013-2014
  • Visiting Fellow, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK, 2012
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, 2010
  • Dean's Faculty Fellow, College of Engineering, 2009 - 2012
  • Liviu Librescu Faculty Prize, 2009
  • Army Research Office Young Investigator, 2004

Recent Publications

M.A. Stremler (2021) Something old, something new: Three point vortices on the plane, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics 26(5), 21pp.

W. Yang, E. Masroor & M.A. Stremler (2021) The wake of a transversely oscillating circular cylinder in a flowing soap film at low Reynolds number, Journal of Fluids and Structures 105, 103343, 24pp. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2021.103343

J. Eshraghi, L.K. Rajendran, W. Yang, M.A. Stremler & P.P. Vlachos (2021) On flowing soap films as experimental models of 2D Navier-Stokes flows, Experiments in Fluids 62(162), 20pp.  DOI: 10.1007/s00348-021-03238-z

M.A. Stremler, S. Basu & E. Masroor (2020) Streamline patterns in 2P vortex street equilibria, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 901 E2, 1-4.

W. Yang & M.A. Stremler (2019) Critical spacing of stationary tandem circular cylinders at Re ~100, Journal of Fluids and Structures 89, 49-60 (special issue on Bluff Bodies and Vortex-Induced Vibration).

I. Lazar, J. Deng, M. Stremler & S. Ahuja (2019) Microfluidic reactors for advancing the MS analysis of fast biological responses, Microsystems & Nanoengineering 5(7), 16 pp.

V.S. Krishnamurthy & M.A. Stremler (2018) Finite-time collapse of three point vortices in the plane, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics 23(5), 530-550.

K. Kikuchi, M.A. Stremler, S. Chatterjee, W.-K. Lee, O. Mochizuki & J.J. Socha (2018) Burst mode pumping: A new mechanism of drinking in mosquitoes, Scientific Reports 8, 4885.

A.R. Hyler, N.C. Baudoin, M.S. Brown, M.A. Stremler, D. Cimini, R.V. Davalos & E.M. Schmelz (2018) Fluid shear stress impacts ovarian cancer cell viability, subcellular organization, and promotes genomic instability, PLOS ONE 13(3), e0194170.

V.S. Krishnamurthy, H.Aref & M.A.Stremler (2018) Evolving geometry of a vortex triangle, Physical Review Fluids 3(2), 024702 (17pp).