C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series


The C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series was founded, and has been organized since 2015, in honor of Prof. Chiang C. Mei. It aims to provide a vibrant forum for highly distinguished speakers, from around the world, to share their research with the CEE, MIT, and local Boston community.

The talks are held on Mondays 5-6 pm in Building
1-190 (campus map).
Reception starts at 4:30 pm.

Faculty Organizer: Prof. Lydia Bourouiba (Contact)
Administrative support:

This series is made possible thanks to the support of the C.C. Mei Fund
and the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Upcoming  Spring 2019
03/18/2019 Prof. Jeffrey Koseff Stanford University

The interaction between gravity currents and breaking internal waves

Environmental fluid mechanics

04/08/2019 Prof. Sébastien Candel
Ecole Centrale Paris
Progress and challenges in combustion dynamics
04/22/2019 Prof. Samer Madanat
New York University and UC Berkeley
Flood protection infrastructure, transportation and government networks Transportation
04/29/2019 Dr. David Hibbitt
Founder and retired chairman of ABAQUS Inc. 
ABAQUS and its market:  evolution of an engineering simulation software venture Mechanics
05/06/2019 Prof. Ann Karagozian
UCLA Control of jets in energy and propulsion systems  Energy and propulsion
Upcoming Fall
Prof. Detlef Lohse
Twente University
  Physics of fluids
Prof. Andrew Lo
Fear, greed and financial crisis 10 years later Financial crisis, evolutionary models of human behavior,
nonlinear dynamical systems
12/03/2018 - CANCELLED
Prof. Andrea Prosperetti University of Houston
Resolved Simulations  of Particle Flows TO BE RESCHEDULED FOR 2019-2020
03/19/2018 Prof. Nadine Aubry Northeastern University From reduced models of turbulence to microfluidics Fluid mechanics, low dimensional models, microfluidics
04/09/2018 Prof. Arif Masud         University of Illinois Urbana A new class of numerical methods with enhanced stability and accuracy: application to residual-based turbulence and non-newtonian bio-fluid dynamics
Numerical methods,  fluid dynamics YouTube
04/23/2018 Prof. Serge Hoogendoorn     Delft University of Technology Making mobility smart again

Urban mobility, traffic flow, simulation and management YouTube
05/07/2018 Prof. Maria Feng Columbia University If Bridges Could Talk Advanced imaging and sensing of structures, sustainability and resilience
05/14/2018 Prof. Howard Stone Princeton University New ideas for separation processes
Dynamics of complex fluids

02/27/2017             Prof. Costas Synolakis     University of Southern California Tsunami hydrodynamics,  coastal engineering, Fukushima YouTube
03/06/2017         Prof. Ashok Gadgil Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Inventing environmental technologies for the bottom of the pyramid: some lessons learnt Water treatment, technology placement, systems, energy efficiency YouTube
04/10/2017 Prof. Ruben Kretzschmar ETH Zurich Speciation and biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in a minerotrophic peak wetland  Arsenic, speciation, redox, wetlands
 04/24/2017     Prof. Emanuela Del Gado Georgetown University Soft matter in construction: computational statistical physics of sustainable cements
Amorphous solids, microstructure, non-linear mechanics, cement gels, jammed soft solids
 10/02/2017     Prof. George Sugihara UCSD Understanding nature holistically Chaos and patterns, data-analysis and prediction, ecology, environment, and finance

03/28/2016 Prof. Huajian Gao
Brown University

Mechanics as an enabling tool in bioinspired materials and biological interactions of nanomaterials

Mechanics and materials, fracture amorphous alloys, metallic glasses, lithium ion battery
04/04/2016 Prof. Mimi A. R. Koehl
University of 
Swimming and crawling in a turbulent world
Swimming, turbulence, biofluid dynamics, biomechanics

04/23/2016 Prof. L. Pamela Cook University of 
Non-newtonian fluids and the mathematics of surfactant fluids Fluids, mathematics, surfactant fluids

Prof. James M. Hughes Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health Reflections on emerging microbial threats Emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance,  One Health, SARS, MERS YouTube
Prof. Steve Weiner
Weizmann Institute of Science The complex 3D hierarchical organization of bone: surprising structure-function relations FIB-SEM 3D image reconstruction, embedded geometrical motifs, bone materials YouTube
10/17/2016     Prof. Luis Amaral    Northwestern
Traveling reports from an "illegal alien":  crossing into scientific domains without a degree Complex Systems, data Science, modeling YouTube
10/24/2016 Prof. Jacob Israelachvili University of
California Santa 
Dynamic (non-equilibrium, rate, time, and history-dependent) adhesion and rupture forces in material, soft matter and biological systems Non-equilibrium interaction forces YouTube
10/31/2016 Prof. S. Travis Waller University of New South Wales Representing information and adaptivity in transportation network planning Transport, complex networks, graph theory
03/09/2015 Prof. Henri Van Damme ESPCI-ParisTech and MSE2, MIT-CNRS From sand castles to urban modeling: A physicist's naive thoughts on construction and cities Vernacular architecture,
urban physics,
03/30/2015 Prof. Emmanuel   Villermaux  Université de Provence and Institut Universitaire de France Explosive fragmentation Explosions,
thin films,
Prof. Alessandro Vespignani Northeastern University Physics Department Modeling and forecast of contagion phenomena in the age of big data Complex networks, network theory,
big data,
09/21/2015  Prof. Michael Zhang University of California Davis From individual behavior to COLLECTIVE DYNAMICS:  modeling the control of congestion waves in highway networks
Traffic congestion, flow control, driver behavior, queuing networks YouTube
Prof. Chris Field
Stanford University

Climate change: mapping the problem space and the opportunity space 

Climate change, risk management YouTube

10/05/2015 Prof. Harry L. Swinney
University of Texas at Austin Universality in nature
Instability, pattern formation, dynamical systems YouTube
10/19/2015 Prof. Simon Levin Princeton University The challenge of sustainability Sustainability, modeling, public goods, economics, ecology YouTube