Warhaft, Zellman

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests: Zellman Warhaft conducts experiments on the mixing properties of turbulence, which transports heat, momentum and matter many orders of magnitude better than molecular agitation. His interest in this area was stimulated by his work on the effect of weather on microwave radio propagation (Melbourne '67-'69) and on related problems at Ditton Park ('69-'75). He has maintained this contact with geophysics, an area in which turbulent transport is vitally important. In '72, he worked with the air-sea interaction tunnel of the IMST (Marseille). When he was at Penn State ('75-'77) he had close ties to the Meterology Dept. After coming to Cornell, he has spent a sabbatical at KNMI de Bilt (The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). His present interests are in the fundamentals of the small scale structure of the scalar and velocity fields in high Reynolds number turbulent flows and the effects of turbulence on the formation of raindrops in clouds. Professor Warhaft is also concerned with the social and environmental aspects of engineering and (apart from his more formal teaching obligations) teaches a course on this topic called "Components and Systems: Engineering in a Social Context".  He is affiliated with the Science and Technology Studies Department, with the Peace Studies Program and with the Atkinson Center for a sustainable future at Cornell.  He was Associate Dean for Diversity in the Engineering College from 2003 - 2007 and is presently addressing faculty diversity across the university.

Email: zw16@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-3898
Website:  http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=zw16