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NDSU to host international physics conference 


Top scientists from around the globe will journey to Fargo this summer as NDSU hosts a premier international physics conference.

The Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics 20th International Conference will focus on theory and applications of simulation methods for fluid mechanics that, in contrast to traditional computational fluid dynamics methods, are derived from a microscopic model. These methods continue to increase in popularity because of the simplicity of the algorithms and their suitability for high performance parallel computations.

According to Alexander Wagner, associate professor of physics at NDSU and the conference’s organizer, systems that have been studied with the methods of interest to this conference cover a wide range of applications from oil recovery from rocks and sands to separation of milk components and from microfluidic device simulations to astrophysical phenomena.

Ninety presenters will represent a variety of fields, including physics, mathematics, engineering and geology and come from 19 countries including Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Brazil, Netherlands, France, South Korea, Iran  and the U.S.

Hosting the conference, which has been held in Rome and Beijing, provides a major opportunity to increase NDSU’s international visibility. Wagner said about 60 of the presenters hadn’t heard of NDSU before they decided to come to this conference. For many attendees this will be their first time in Fargo, and for some attendees this will be their first time in the U.S.

The conference attendees and the research they bring will create lasting impressions on NDSU faculty and graduate students. “It provides our students a first-hand opportunity to get an impression of the quality and quantity of work done by graduate students all over the world.”

So far Wagner is aware of five research groups on campus who will present at the conference. From physics - Daniel Kroll, Thomas Ihle and Wagner groups will present and from mechanical engineering - Iskander Akhatov and Yechun Wang groups will present.

The conference is scheduled for August 8-12 at NDSU’s Richard H. Barry Hall in downtown Fargo. For more information and to register, visit

Invited conference presenters include:

Ronojoy Adhikari, Chennai Institute of Technology, Chennai, India

Luca Biferale, University of RomeTor Vergata, Rome

Michael E. Cates, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Aleksandar Donev, New York University, New York

Burkhard Dünweg, Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz, Germany

Guiseppe Gonnella, Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Jari Hyvaluoma, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Raymond Kapral, University of Toronto; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

George Karniadakis, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

Tony Ladd, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Ron Larson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jeffrey Morris, The City College of New York, New York

Stefano Ubertini, University of Naples, Parthenope, Naples, Italy

Stuart D.C. Walsh, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis



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Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2013 8:33:23 AM