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3115 Engineering Sciences Building
Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
U.S.A.

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I am a gradute student at the Physics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I work with Professor Nigel Goldenfeld on the problem of fully developed hydrodynamic turbulence. Our approach to describing turbulence is from the perspective of statistical mechanics. We employ tools developed in the context of quantum field theory as well as stochastic processes to describe high Reynolds number fluid flows. What separates our approach from others, that use similar techniques, is that we try to incoroprate the features of turbulent flows that are always present in real experiments such as shear, the presence of boundaries and their roughness.

Despite ubiquity of turbulent flows in everyday life and its importance in diverse fields such as ecology, transport and healthcare, many features of turbulence are still poorly understood. Furthermore, besides immediate practical relevance of a better grasp on turbulent flows, the problem of turbulence may hide the keys to some fundamental questions about nature, such as spontaneous stochasticity in deterministically defined systems, and anomalous dissipation in systems with vanishing friction.