Dr. Joseph Katz is the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He received his BS degree from Tel Aviv University and MS and PhD from Caltech, all in Mechanical Engineering. After 5 years at Purdue University, he joined Johns Hopkins University in 1988. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Physical Society (APS), and a Gilman Scholar at JHU. He was the Technical Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering for 10 years, and currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Journal Editors of ASME. He founded the Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics at JHU, and presently serves as its Director. He has received several awards including the 2004 ASME Fluids Engineering Award and several best paper awards. His research focuses on experimental fluid mechanics and development of optical diagnostics techniques. His group has been involved in characterization of turbulent single and multiphase flows, such as: (i) Breakup of crude oil and droplet dynamics, (ii) cavitation and bubble dynamics, (iii) flow structure and turbulence within turbomachines, (iv) boundary layers, canopy flows, and rapidly strained turbulence, (v) flow induced vibrations, (vi) ship bow waves, (vii) turbulence in the coastal bottom boundary layer, and (viii) swimming behavior of marine plankton both in the laboratory and in the ocean. His group has also been involved in development and applications of Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and its derivatives in the laboratory and in the ocean (& cornfields), as well as Holographic PIV, and microscopic digital holography. His work has been published in more than 120 journal papers, six patents, and more than 190 conference papers. He has advised numerous graduate students and post-docs, and has been funded by ONR, NSF, NASA, DOE, AFOSR, NOAA, Bosch LLC, and GOMRI.
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