Eric Brown

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science & Physics
Room / Office: Mason M2
Office Address:
9 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208284
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-7411
Fax: (203) 432-7654
  • B.S., Harvey Mudd College
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


Experimental fluid dynamics and soft matter. My current interests include the following problems:

  1. Development of low-dimensional models for coherent structures in turbulence that can efficiently solve a wide variety of problems with applications ranging from climate and weather to heating and cooling systems.
  2. Demonstration of a fluid dynamo in the laboratory using suspensions of magnetic particles in liquid-metals, to understand the origin and dynamics of planetary magnetic fields.
  3. Understanding some of the unusual mechanical properties of suspensions and granular materials, such as shear thickening and jamming, and design such materials with properties tuned for specific applications.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award for "Large-scale structures in turbulent dynamo experiments with liquid-metal suspensions," 2013.

Selected Publications:

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Selected Patents:

  • Gripping and releasing apparatus and method, USPTO Appl No. 13/641,230