Michael D. Graham is the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also holds appointments in the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1986 and his PhD. from Cornell University in 1992. After postdoctoral appointments at the University of Houston and Princeton University, he joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. He chaired the department from 2006-2009.
Professor Graham’s research activities focus on theoretical and computational studies of the fluid dynamics of complex fluids. Recent interests include: the rheology and dynamics of polymer solutions and suspensions, especially under confinement; blood flow in the microcirculation, swimming microorganisms; multiscale computational methods; and instabilities and turbulence in complex fluids. He is coauthor of a textbook “Modeling and Analysis Principles for Chemical and Biological Engineers”. For further information, see http://grahamgroup.che.wisc.edu.
Among Professor Graham’s awards are the Best Student Paper Award from the Environmental Division of AIChE in 1986, a CAREER Award from NSF in 1995, the François Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics from the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics in 2004, Fellowship in the APS in 2011 and the Kellett Mid-Career Award at UW-Madison in 2012. He has presented many named and plenary lectures, including the 2013 Ronald F. Probstein Lecture in Engineering Science at MIT. He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics from 2005-2012. Presently he is a member of the editorial board of Physical Review E and is Editor of the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics.