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C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series

The C.C. Mei Distinguished Speaker Series was founded and has been organized since 2015, in honor of Prof. Chiang C. Mei. It aims to provide a vibrant forum for highly distinguished speakers, from around the world, to share their research with the CEE, MIT, and the local Boston community.

The talks are held on Mondays 4:15-5:00 pm in Building 1-190 (campus map).
Reception starts at 4:00 pm. Check our event page for upcoming speakers.

2023 Speakers

Prof. Wei Chen

Northwestern University
Data Driven Computational Design of Engineered Material Systems

Prof. Arun Majumdar

Stanford University
Climate & Sustainability: The defining issue of the 21st century

Prof. Pradeep Sharma

University of Houston
Flexoelectricity & Electrets

Prof. Paulo Monteiro

University of California, Berkeley
Synchrotron X-ray probes to study the multiscale structure of concrete

2022 Speakers

Prof. Alan Needleman

Texas A&M University
Discrete defect plasticity & implications of requiring non-negative dissipation

Prof. Alain Goriely

University of Oxford
The Mechanics of Chirality: from Darwin’s Perversion to Feynman’s Obsession

2019 Speakers

Prof. Stéphane Zaleski

Sorbonne University
Challenges in the modeling of multiphase flow from large to small scales

Prof. Detlef Lohse

Twente University
Rayleigh vs. Marangoni

Prof. Andrea Prosperetti

(No recording available)
University of Houston 
Resolved simulations of particulate flows

Prof. Jeffrey Koseff

Stanford University
The interaction between gravity currents and breaking internal waves

Prof. Sébastien Candel

Ecole Centrale Paris
Progress and challenges in combustion dynamics

Prof. Samer Madanat

New York University and UC Berkeley
Flood protection infrastructure, transportation, and government networks

Dr. David Hibbitt

Founder & retired chairman of ABAQUS Inc.
ABAQUS and it’s market: evolution of an engineering simulation software venture

Prof. Ann Karagozian

Control of jets in energy and propulsion systems

Speaker Archives


10/01/2018 Prof. Andrew Lo MITFear, greed and financial crisis 10 years laterFinancial crisis, evolutionary models of human behavior,
nonlinear dynamical systems
03/19/2018Prof. Nadine AubryNortheastern UniversityFrom reduced models of turbulence to microfluidicsFluid mechanics, low dimensional models, microfluidicsYouTube
04/09/2018Prof. Arif MasudUniversity of Illinois UrbanaA new class of numerical methods with enhanced stability and accuracy: application to residual-based turbulence and non-newtonian bio-fluid dynamicsNumerical methods,  fluid dynamicsYouTube
04/23/2018Prof. Serge HoogendoornDelft University of TechnologyMaking mobility smart againUrban mobility, traffic flow, simulation and managementYouTube
05/07/2018Prof. Maria FengColumbia UniversityIf Bridges Could TalkAdvanced imaging and sensing of structures, sustainability and resilienceYouTube
05/14/2018Prof. Howard StonePrinceton UniversityNew ideas for separation processesDynamics of complex fluidsYouTube


02/27/2017Prof. Costas SynolakisUniversity of Southern CaliforniaTsunami hydrodynamics,  coastal engineering, FukushimaYouTube
03/06/2017Prof. Ashok GadgilLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryInventing environmental technologies for the bottom of the pyramid: some lessons learntWater treatment, technology placement, systems, energy efficiencyYouTube
04/10/2017Prof. Ruben KretzschmarETH ZurichSpeciation and biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in a minerotrophic peak wetland Arsenic, speciation, redox, wetlandsYouTube
 04/24/2017Prof. Emanuela Del GadoGeorgetown UniversitySoft matter in construction: computational statistical physics of sustainable cements
Amorphous solids, microstructure, non-linear mechanics, cement gels, jammed soft solids
 10/02/2017Prof. George SugiharaUCSDUnderstanding nature holisticallyChaos and patterns, data-analysis and prediction, ecology, environment, and financeYouTube



03/28/2016Prof. Huajian GaoBrown UniversityMechanics as an enabling tool in bioinspired materials and biological interactions of nanomaterialsMechanics and materials, fracture amorphous alloys, metallic glasses, lithium ion batteryYouTube
04/04/2016Prof. Mimi A. R. KoehlUniversity of
Swimming and crawling in a turbulent worldSwimming, turbulence, biofluid dynamics, biomechanics
04/23/2016Prof. L. Pamela CookUniversity of
Non-newtonian fluids and the mathematics of surfactant fluidsFluids, mathematics, surfactant fluidsYouTube
05/02/2016Prof. James M. HughesEmory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public HealthReflections on emerging microbial threatsEmerging infections, antimicrobial resistance,  One Health, SARS, MERSYouTube
Prof. Steve WeinerWeizmann Institute of ScienceThe complex 3D hierarchical organization of bone: surprising structure-function relationsFIB-SEM 3D image reconstruction, embedded geometrical motifs, bone materialsYouTube
10/17/2016Prof. Luis AmaralNorthwestern
Traveling reports from an “illegal alien”:  crossing into scientific domains without a degreeComplex Systems, data Science, modelingYouTube
10/24/2016Prof. Jacob IsraelachviliUniversity of
California Santa
Dynamic (non-equilibrium, rate, time, and history-dependent) adhesion and rupture forces in material, soft matter and biological systemsNon-equilibrium interaction forcesYouTube
10/31/2016Prof. S. Travis WallerUniversity of New South WalesRepresenting information and adaptivity in transportation network planningTransport, complex networks, graph theoryYouTube


03/09/2015Prof. Henri Van DammeESPCI-ParisTech and MSE2, MIT-CNRSFrom sand castles to urban modeling: A physicist’s naive thoughts on construction and citiesVernacular architecture,
urban physics,
03/30/2015Prof. Emmanuel   VillermauxUniversité de Provence and Institut Universitaire de FranceExplosive fragmentationExplosions,
thin films,
05/04/2015Prof. Alessandro VespignaniNortheastern University Physics DepartmentModeling and forecast of contagion phenomena in the age of big dataComplex networks, network theory,
big data,
09/21/2015Prof. Michael ZhangUniversity of California DavisFrom individual behavior to COLLECTIVE DYNAMICS:  modeling the control of congestion waves in highway networksTraffic congestion, flow control, driver behavior, queuing networksYouTube
09/28/2015Prof. Chris FieldStanford UniversityClimate change: mapping the problem space and the opportunity spaceClimate change, risk managementYouTube
10/05/2015Prof. Harry L. SwinneyUniversity of Texas at AustinUniversality in natureInstability, pattern formation, dynamical systemsYouTube
10/19/2015Prof. Simon LevinPrinceton UniversityThe challenge of sustainabilitySustainability, modeling, public goods, economics, ecologyYouTube