Summer Meeting 2012

The Summer meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, June 27th, in the Third Floor Colloquium Room (room 3206) of the Mathematics building at the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Our speaker will be Elias Balaras, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Professor Balaras will present a lecture entitled "Tackling Turbulence in Biological Flows"  An abstract is below.

You are also cordially invited to attend the pre-lecture dinner with the speaker.


The pre-lecture dinner will be held at Mulligan's Grill at the University of Maryland Golf Club. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Four entrees are available for your selection: Jerk Salmon ($27), Chicken with Peach Salsa ($25), Mushroom Risotto ($23), or Grilled Primer Rib ($32). Pricing is inclusive of salad, entree choice, all soft beverages (sodas, coffee, tea, etc.), dessert, tax and gratuity.

To attend the dinner, please send your entree choice along with a check for the appropriate amount (made out to SIAM Washington- Baltimore Section) early enough to be received by Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to our Treasurer, Stephen Pankavich, 12  1st St., Annapolis, MD  21401.

PLEASE include your full name, email address and phone number with your check so that we can send you a confirmation of your reservation and may contact you in the event of any unexpected changes. If you cannot get your check to him by that date and you still want to come to dinner, then please email him by Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at We can accommodate at most fifteen diners on this occasion, so be sure to reserve in advance.

Our events attract both members and non-members of SIAM and are always lively, friendly, and informative. We look forward to seeing you.


Title: Tackling Turbulence in Biological Flows

Elias Balaras, Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Abstract: Over the past decade the continuous increase in computer power and the advent of inexpensive parallel computers lead to significant advancements in the science of computation. Turbulence research has particularly benefited from these developments and large-scale computations contributed invaluable information on the structure and dynamics of a variety of engineering flows.  There are, however, applications from biology and physiology where the high-fidelity tools have received considerably less attention as a result of exceedingly complex coupled problems that are encountered, but the potential rewards and impact if one were successful are great.  A characteristic example is that of blood flow in the heart, in large arteries, or around bioprosthetic valves.  Recent advances in material technologies and actuator miniaturization have also sparked new interest in biomemetics.  Fish swimming, insect locomotion and bird flight are examples where massive computations can help bring to fruition novel devices, such as Micro-Aero Vehicle, and contribute a new fundamental understanding to the science of their locomotion.  We present an overview of the latest simulation tools applicable to such flows with petascale parallel performance. Several examples will be presented with particular emphasis on multiscale problems relevant to the cardiovascular circulation and related biomedical devices.

Location & Parking

For dinner:
For lecture:

The lecture hall, room 3206, is located on the third floor above the rotunda, one floor above the Norbert Wiener Center offices, in the Mathematics building. The Mathematics building is across Rt. 193 from the University golf course, so it is recommended that diners drive between locations.

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