Plenary Speakers

Dr Kathy Prestridge - Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico USA

Kathy Prestridge is the team leader for the Extreme Fluids Team in Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from U.C. San Diego in 1998 and her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1992.  Kathy experimentally studies hydrodynamic instabilities, variable-density and shock-driven mixing, multiphase flows, and turbulence using shock tube and wind tunnel facilities.  She is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Experiments in Fluids and has received four Department of Energy/NNSA Defense Program Awards of Excellence.

Plenary Talk: Richtmyer-Meshkov Experiments at Los Alamos


Dr Andrew Cook - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California USA

Andrew Cook received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. After graduation, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 1998, he’s worked as a computational physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His interests are in direct and large-eddy simulation of turbulent reacting flows, high-order numerical methods, radiation transport, immersed boundary methods, mixture equations of state and interfacial instabilities.

Plenary Talk: Lessons learned from numerical simulations of interfacial instabilities over the past two decades


Dr Oleg Schilling - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California USA

Oleg Schilling is a Staff Theoretical, Computational and Applied Physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He received his B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Columbia University in New York in 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. He expanded his formal training in theoretical physics to include fluid dynamics, turbulence, astrophysics, and computational physics, and conducted doctoral research jointly between the Physics Department at Columbia and the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies. He joined LLNL in 1994 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and began research on compressible turbulent mixing in 1995. He became a staff physicist in 1996 to conduct theory, modeling, and numerical simulation of turbulent mixing induced by Rayleigh–Taylor and Richtmyer–Meshkov instabilities, with an emphasis on the integration of modeling, simulation, and experiment. He has collaborated with students and faculty at many universities on turbulent mixing, has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences, and has published articles on various topics in turbulence.

He chaired the 8th and 14th International Workshop on the Physics of Compressible Turbulent Mixing in 2001 and 2014. In 2004 he was appointed as an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A & M University. He was an invited lecturer at the First and Second International Conference on Advanced Computing and Simulation: The Physics and Computation of RayleighTaylor and RichtmyerMeshkov Instabilities at the University of Cambridge in 2005 and 2007. He served two terms on the Editorial Board of Physical Review E in the Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence topical areas from 2005 to 2010, and was appointed as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering in 2014. He has also served on numerous review panels at LLNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and other agencies.

Plenary Talk: A Comparative Analysis of RANS Model Predictions for Rayleigh-Taylor and Reshocked Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability and Mixing


Dr Dan Clark - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California USA

Dan Clark has been a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 2003 working in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) research and hydrodynamic instability theory and modeling for ICF. Since 2011, Dan has lead the Ignition Design and Post-shot Working Group within the ICF Program at LLNL with responsibility for modeling implosion experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF), understanding the failure modes of current experiments, and developing future implosion designs aimed at improved performance. This group has pioneered the application of high-resolution, three-dimensional radiation hydrodynamics modeling to ICF implosion experiments and has lead to a number of insights that continue to shape the direction of ignition experiments on NIF. Prior to joining LLNL, Dan earned a B.A. In Physics and Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College (1997), and an M.A. (2001) and Ph.D. (2003) in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University.

Plenary Talk: High resolution 3-D radiation hydrodynamics modeling of inertial confinement fusion implosions on the National Ignition Facility


Dr Stuart Dalziel - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Stuart Dalziel is a Reader in Fluid Mechanics and the Director of the GK Batchelor Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. His research, combining experimental and theoretical studies, spans fluid flows in industrial and environmental problems including plumes, gravity currents, granular flows and mixing. A particular focus has been on turbulence in both statically stable and statically unstable stratified flows.

Plenary Talk: Attempts to escape initial conditions