Education
 Ph.D. in Physics from the University of ColoradoBoulder
 M. S. in Physics from University of Illinois, Urbana
 B. S. in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests
Theoretical Physics. Theory and Modeling of Turbulence. Focus of current research includes:
 Turbulence in timedependent mean flows
 The influence of compressibility on turbulent correlations involving pressure
 Development of turbulence models that incorporate transition
 Probability density functions for turbulence and for chaotic advection
 Theory of chaos and dynamical systems
 Quantum information theory
Publications

W. D. Thacker, S. Sarkar, and T. B. Gatski, "Analyzing the Influence of Compressibility on the Rapid PressureStrain Rate Correlation in Turbulent Shear Flows", Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. Vol. 21, pp. 171199 (2007) Click here to view paper (for TCFD subscribers only)

Pablo Hidalgo, Amy W. Lang, William D. Thacker, "POD Study of the Coherent Structures within a Turbulent Spot", AIAA Paper presented at the 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting January 912 2006, Reno NV

W. D. Thacker, S. Sarkar, and T. B. Gatski, "An Analysis of the Rapid PressureStrain Rate Correlation in Compressible Shear Flow", in the Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena in Williamsburg, VA, 2729 June 2005.

C. L. Rumsey, W. D. Thacker, T. B. Gatski, and C. E. Grosch, "Analysis of TransitionSensitized Turbulent Transport Equations", American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Paper 20050523, presented at the 43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 1013 2005, Reno NV.

C. D. Pruett, T. B. Gatski, C. E. Grosch, and W. D. Thacker, " The temporally filtered NavierStokes equations: Properties of the residual stress", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 15, pp. 21272140 (2003).

W. D. Thacker, T. Gatski, and C. Grosch, "Modeling the dynamics of ensembleaveraged linear disturbances in homogeneous shear flow", Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, Vol. 63, pp. 3958 (2000).

W. D. Thacker, T. Gatski, and C. Grosch, "Analyzing mean transport equations of turbulence and linear disturbances in decaying flows", Physics of Fluids, Vol. 11, pp. 26262631 (1999).

W. D. Thacker, "A path integral for turbulence in incompressible fluids", Journal of Mathematical Physics, Vol. 38, pp. 300320 (1997).

W.D. Thacker, "New Formulation of the Classical Path Integral with Reparameterization Invariance", Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 38, pp.23892416 (1997).

V.V. Dixit, T.S. Santhanam, and W.D. Thacker, "A Supersymmetric Dirac Oscillator with Scalar Coupling", Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 33, pp.11141117 (1992).

E. Gozzi, M. Reuter, W.D. Thacker, "Symmetries of the Classical Path Integral on a Generalized Phase Space Manifold", Physical Review vol. D46, pp.757765 (1992).

V.V. Dixit, T.S. Santhanam, and W.D. Thacker, "Mass Matrix with Symmetric Mixing", Physical Review vol. D43, pp. 945947 (1990)

G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi, D. Rohrlich, and W.D. Thacker, "Classical Adiabatic Holonomy in Field Theory", Physical Review vol. D42, 22522262 (1990).

J. Kupsch and W.D. Thacker, "Euclidean Majorana and Weyl Spinors", Fortschritte der Physik vol. 38, pp. 3562 (1990).

E. Gozzi, M. Reuter, and W.D. Thacker, "Hidden BRS Invariance in Classical Mechanics II", Physical Review vol. D40, pp. 33633377 (1989).

G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi, D. Rohrlich, and W.D. Thacker, "On the Removability of Berry's Phase", Journal of Physics A vol. 22, 35133529 (1989), (with G. Giavarini, E. Gozzi and D. Rohrlich).

E. Gozzi and W.D. Thacker, "Classical Adiabatic Holonomy and its Canonical Structure", Physical Review vol. D35, pp. 23982406 (1987).

W. Drechsler and W. D. Thacker, "Generalized Spinor Fields and Gravitation", Classical and Quantum Gravity vol. 4, pp.291318 (1987).

A.O. Barut and W.D. Thacker, "Zitterbewegung of the Electron in External Fields", Physical Review" vol. D31, pp.20762088 (1998).
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