Dr. Berson’s research program has focused on the development and/or improvement of bio-processes where existing techniques are limited due to complexities with the working media such as multi-phases, high-solids content, and complex flow fields. Integrating computational fluid dynamics with experimental work has been instrumental in overcoming limitations when experimental observations or measurements are difficult or impractical. Past applications include bioreactor design, kinetic and mechanistic modeling of enzymatic reactions, characterization of fluid forces in complex flow fields, and correlations of fluid forces to mammalian cellular responses. Our recent research has focused on development of a technique to track age of individual phases independent of each other in multiphase systems, which can broadly applied towards areas such as modeling of cardiovascular functions, multiphase reactor systems, and dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere and waterways.
Much of the work has been interdisciplinary in nature, and collaborations and relationships have been established for many of these projects with other researchers from within the JB Speed School of Engineering, the School of Medicine, other universities, national labs, and industry.
Dr. Berson has taught: Kinetics and Reactor Design at both the undergraduate and graduate level; Thermodynamics at both the undergraduate and graduate level; Computer Applications for Chemical Engineers; Unit Operations Laboratory; Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Dr. Berson is currently an elected faculty rep on the University of Louisville Athletic Association. Past and present service activities include: reviewer for 20+ different scientific journals; reviewer for ACS and multiple NSF funding programs; session Chair at AICHE; Chair of the Speed School Promotion and Tenure Committee. He also regularly mentors high school students for science fair and senior capstone projects.