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Applied Mathematics

School of Natural Sciences
UC Merced, ACS-327
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343, USA
fblanchette!AT%ucmerced.edu (no robot can crack that code!)

Brief Background

Before coming to UCM, I was a researcher at the James Franck Institute (2004-2006) where I worked primarily with Wendy Zhang. During the year 2003-2004, I was part of the Mechanical Enginering department at UCSB, working with Eckart Meiburg. Before that (1999-2003), I was a graduate student in Applied Mathematics at MIT from September 1999 to July 2003 where I studied Fluid Dynamics under the supervision of John Bush. Prior to to this, I was born and raised in Montréal and obtained my B.S. in Applied Mathematics at the Université de Montréal . You may find a more complete CV here.

Research interests

My research interests are all related one way or another to fluid dynamics. More precisely, I am interested in interfacial flows between immiscible fluids (drops and bubbles), with a focus on situations where the surface tension is not constant. I also study sedimentation, where lots of particles settle under the influence of gravity. I am also interested in the erosion of these particles by fluid flow. I study these flows in an ambient fluid where the density may vary (stratified flow), for example because of temperature or salinity variations. I also studied how penguins huddle, for fun.
You can find more details here


And if you are interested in doing graduate studies with me, you can look up our Applied Mathematics Graduate program.
You may find information about past and current research students and postdocs here


A big part of my job is


Also, I am member of the steering committee for the Mathematics portion of


and a group member of the Mathematics Diagnostic test Project


Last modified: July 2010