Eckart Meiburg

meiburg [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893-5258
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering II Bldg., Office 2351
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5070


Professor Meiburg's research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. His group primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular highly resolved direct numerical simulations, in order to obtain insight into the physical mechanisms that govern the spatio-temporal evolution of a wide variety of geophysical, porous media and multiphase flow fields. Occasionally, his group extends their analyses to address issues of linear stability as well. Frequently, they collaborate closely with corresponding experimental investigations. Some current interests focus on gravity and turbidity currents, Hele-Shaw displacements, double-diffusive phenomena in particle laden flows, and internal bores.

Professor Meiburg is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, and he directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids ( He received his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Following faculty positions at Brown University and the University of Southern California, Professor Meiburg joined UCSB in 2000. He served as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2003-2007. He has received a Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Senior Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Senior Gledden Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia, and a First Prize at Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.