Professor Maxey's research in fluid dynamics is focused on dispersed two-phase flows such as suspensions of particles in liquids. Current applications of interest include self-assembly in micro-scale flows, swimming of single cell organisms and blood flow. Other research areas include turbulent flows and mixing with applications to physical and geophysical systems.
Professor Maxey completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Cambridge and received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in 1979. In 1977, he was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Summer Program at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Mechanics and Materials Science at the Johns Hopkins University and subsequently was a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins. He joined the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University in 1982. He is presently Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering and since 1991 has served as Director of the Center for Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence and Computation. He is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Multiphase Flow, an associate editor for Fluid Dynamics Research, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.
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