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Philip Yecko

Associate Professor of Physics

Professor Philip Yecko's main area of interest is fluid dynamics. Phil has worked on astrophysical, biological, geophysical, magnetic and multi-phase fluid dynamics, studying flows of accretion disks, atomization and sprays, bubbles, droplets, coherent structures, mixing and vortices in the ocean, convection, pulsation and turbulence in stars, magnetic drug delivery, ferrofluids, suspension rheology and pattern-forming instabilities. Students interested in this sort of research are encouraged to get involved.

Prof. Yecko's research benefits from a three-fold approach: combining mathematical and theoretical methods, such as asymptotic models and stability theory, together with computational models, including direct numerical simulations, and laboratory experiments. Phil has an ongoing experimental program at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Lab, and is a regular participant in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics summer program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (GFD). Phil also has active collaborations with researchers in Italy, France and at several U.S. universities.

Phil enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses in fluids, physics, astrophysics, nonlinear dynamics and numerical modeling and simulation, and has previously taught at Trinity College Dublin, Columbia, M.I.T., Montclair State and Università Napoli Federico II, Italy, primarily undergraduate but also graduate and PhD level courses. Most recently, Phil has developed and taught a hybrid-online course in advanced computational modeling and, at Cooper, is teaching Physics Lab and Modern Physics.

Prof. Philip Yecko earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his S.B. in physics from M.I.T.

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