Henry Fu

Assistant Professor
Ralph E. Hoeper Professor of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering, MS 312
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0312
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Research interests

Current research interests include complex biomaterials, and low-Reynolds number hydrodynamics, including the solid and fluid mechanics of swimming microorganisms and microengineered systems.  Specific research projects involve swimming hydrodynamics in Newtonian and non-Newtonian biological fluids and gels, microrheology in gels, swimming hydrodynamics in shear flows, the behavior of chiral particles in shear flows, with application to chiral separation, microrobotic swimming, with application to drug delivery and microtransport and assembly, and flagella-based materials for bioenabled sensing and actuation. 


Henry Fu received a master's degree in Chemistry concurrently with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Harvard University.  His master's work included research in the field of low-temperature laser spectroscopy.  He received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2006 for dissertation work on strongly correlated electron systems in condensed matter.  He then redirected his research field to biological mechanics and fluid dynamics as a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Engineering at Brown University from 2006-2010.  Since July 2010, he has been an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Nevada, Reno, and starting in 2015, he has been the Ralph E. Hoeper Professor of Engineering.  Dr. Fu's research is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


A.B. Chemistry and Physics and Mathematics, Harvard University (2000)
A.M. Chemistry, Harvard University (2000)
Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics, Cambridge University (2001)
    (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos)
Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley (2006)

Awards and honors
Ralph E. Hoeper Professorship of Engineering (2015-2017)
NSF CAREER Award, CBET Fluid Dynamics Program (2013-2018)
Advanced Light Source Predoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (2004-05)
University of California University Fellowship (2003-04)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2000-03)
Herchel Smith Harvard Fellowship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
Harvard College Research Program Grant (1998-99)
Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1997)