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Harald van Brummelen is Full Professor and group leader of the Multiscale Engineering Fluid Dynamics Group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. His research focuses on the development, analysis and application of mathematical-physical models and advanced numerical techniques for multiscale flow problems in engineering applications, with particular emphasis on interface and free-boundary problems, coupled problems, and transitional molecular/continuum flows. His work mostly concentrates on high-tech applications such as semi-conductor lithography and inkjet printing. Van Brummelen's research interests span a broad range of topics in Computational Science and Engineering, including multiscale problems and techniques; coupled problems; fluid-structure interaction;free-boundary and interface problems; phase-field models; isogeometric analysis; immersed methods; kinetic models and the Boltzmann equation; moment-closure approximations; reduced-order modeling; and error estimation and adaptivity.

Academic background

Harald van Brummelen received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Twente University of Technology in 1997. He continued his academic career as a Doctoral researcher in the  Modeling, Analysis and Simulation cluster at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, obtaining his PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2002. In 2001, he joined the Engineering Mechanics group at Delft University of Technology, where he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2003. In 2008, he became Associate Professor in the Institute for Precision and Microsystems Engineering at the same University. In 2009, Van Brummelen joined Eindhoven University of Technology as Full Professor, holding the chair on Multiscale Engineering Fluid Dynamic, with an appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a secondary appointment in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Prof. Van Brummelen is the current scientific director of the Dutch national research school on Engineering Mechanics, and Secretary General of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS). He is a recipient of the J.-L. Lions Award and the Bill Morton prize, and various other grants and awards. Prof. van Brummelen is an associate editor of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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