Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science - Applied Physics


Paul E. Dimotakis

Paul E. Dimotakis

John K. Northrop Professor of Aeronautics and Professor of Applied Physics

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Caltech, 1968; M.S., 1969; Ph.D., 1973. Research Fellow, 1973-74; Research Fellow and Lecturer, 1974-75; Assistant Professor, 1975-81; Associate Professor, 1981-85; Professor, 1986-95; Northrop Professor, 1995-; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chief Technologist, 2006-11.


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Research Overview

Professor Dimotakis focuses on experimental and computational research on turbulent mixing and chemical reactions in subsonic and supersonic free-shear flows; hypersonic propulsion; mixing and the geometry of surfaces and interfaces in turbulence; scalar dispersion in turbulent flows; and related areas.

Space-Related Research

Recent space-related research has been in collaboration with JPL on remote sensing of the atmosphere from space and on the technical feasibility of an asteroid-return mission. Other space-related research has been on high-speed/hypersonic endoatmospheric flight and propulsion, and parachute dynamics for entry, descent, and landing.

List of Research Areas

fluid physics, dynamics of turbulence, chemically reacting flows, combustion

APh News about Paul E. Dimotakis

  • Professor Dimotakis Elected to the National Academy of Engineering »
  • Professor Dimotakis Receives AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award »
  • Professor Dimotakis Receives NASA Group Achievement Award »

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