Welcome to Francois Blanchette's Home Page


Associate Professor (since 2012)
Applied Mathematics group

School of Natural Sciences
UC Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343, USA
209-228-4062
fblanchette!AT%ucmerced.edu

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, with a focus on how such flows behave in the presence of temperature variations. Recently, I also studied how penguins huddle.
You can find more details here

Research

And if you are interested in doing graduate studies with me, you can look up our Applied Mathematics Graduate program.
We also have some very interesting seminars that are more formal or less formal

I am now, since the fall of 2009, the lead of the Applied Mathematics Major. This means that if you have questions about being a Math major at UC Merced, you can send them my way, see the email address above. I have also taught a number of courses at UCM, and more details, as well as an (outdated) teaching statement are here

Teaching



Before coming to UCM (2004-2006), I was a researcher at the James Franck Institute 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. You may find a more complete

CV here.

In Chicago, I was a co-organizer of the fascinating Computations in Science Seminar: Computations in Science , while at MIT I used to be a co-organizer of the very interesting Simple Persons Applied Math Seminar: SPAMS


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Last modified: July 2010