Joel H. Ferziger Joel H. Ferziger

In Memory of Joel Ferziger

Joel H. Ferziger, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, passed away in August 2004 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Joel was an internationally renowned researcher in fluid mechanics, a widely recognized teacher and a close friend to many of his colleagues here at Stanford. His presence is sorely missed by his family, friends, students, and colleagues.
Through a generous gift from Joel’s family, the Mechanical Engineering Department has established theProfessor Joel H. Ferziger Memorial Fellowshipto be awarded to an incoming graduate student each year.  We are actively soliciting contributions to build this endowment further, and we welcome your participation. 

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B.S. The Cooper Union - Chemical Engineering (1957) M.S. University of Michigan - Nuclear Engineering (1959) Ph.D. University of Michigan - Nuclear Engineering (1962)

Awards and Honors

National Science Foundation Fellow, 1957-1960
Fulbright Fellow, The Netherlands, 1967-1968
Visiting Professor, Queen Mary College, London, 1979
Alexander von Humboldt Award, 1987
Max Planck Research Prize, 1991

Research Interests

Computation and modeling of turbulent flows, kinetic theory of gases, combustion.

Joel Ferziger does simulations of turbulent flows and calls himself a 'numerical experimentalist'. To do simulations, it is also necessary to develop new numerical methods, and for large eddy simulations sub-grid scale models are needed. He is also interested in modeling turbulent combustion. He has investigated the effect of turbulence on a flame surface, models for turbulent combustion, and flame extinction and heat transfer near a wall.


Professor Ferziger's students past and present.

Recent Publications

M. Períc and J.H. Ferziger "Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics" Springer, (1996).

G. Bruneaux, T. Poinsot and J.H. Ferziger "Premixed flame-wall interaction in a turbulent channel flow: budget for the flame surface density evolution equation modelling " J. Fluid Mech., 349, 191-219 (1997).

W. Rodi, J.H. Ferziger, M. Breuer and M. Pourquié "Status of Large Eddy Simulation: Results of a Workshop" J. Fluids Engineering, Transactions of the ASME, 119, 248-262, (1997).

Hong G. Im, Thomas S. Lund, and Joel H. Ferziger "Large eddy simulation of turbulent front propagation with dynamic subgrid models" Phys. Fluids, 9(2) 3826-3833, (1997).

D. A. Briggs, J. H. Ferziger, J. R. Koseff & S. G. Monismith "Turbulent mixing in a shear-free stably stratified two-layer fluid" J. Fluid Mechs., 354, 175-208, (1998).

Mixing and Available Potential Energy in Stratified Flows

Simulation of Coastal Upwelling. I. Linear Stability and the Early Turbulent Regime

Simulation of Coastal Upwelling. II. Effects of Coastal Geometry and Turbulent Mixing




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