Stuart Williams

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

About

Academic Experience

Dr. Williams currently teaches ME 206 (Dynamics) and graduate level courses in fluid power (hydraulics & pneumatics) and experimental fluid mechanics.

Research Experience

Research within this lab is focused on investigating micro- and nano-scale fluid phenomena. At this scale there are a number of phenomena that dictate hydrodynamic behavior that would normally be negligible in the macro-scale domain including thermal, optical, electrical, and capillary forces. These forces are utilized to design and fabricate novel microfluidic devices capable of a variety of tasks; some examples include (i) hydrodynamic pumping without moving parts, (ii) droplet generation, (iii) particulate trapping and/or sorting, (iv) biological characterization, and (v) self-assembly. Microfluidic investigations are centered around Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). This laboratory is well-versed in PIV and can obtain a picture of flow fields within micrometer-sized fluid channels. Our goal is to explore the fundamental physics associated with microfluidic hydrodynamics, electrokinetic mechanisms, and colloid-based phenomena and develop related applications involving enhanced engineered materials or point-of-care diagnostics.

Service Experience

Louisville Regional Science Fair UofL Signature Partnership (Central High School)

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)