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Professor Gary N Coleman MS, PhD

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Professor Gary N Coleman is Visiting Professor within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

Gary Coleman was born in Sedalia, Missouri (USA) and educated at Paxton Community High School (Illinois) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Engineering Mechanics. After working as a stress analyst for McDonnell Aircraft Company in St Louis Missouri, he moved to Stanford University, where in 1990 he received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, under the supervision of Joel Ferziger. Before coming to the UK, he held research posts at NASA Ames Research Center (as a National Research Council Associate) and the Center for Turbulence Research, at Moffett Field California, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was at the University of Southampton from 1999 to 2012, before moving back to the states.  He still collaborates with the group as a visiting professor.




Research interests

  • fluid mechanics
  • turbulence simulation & modelling
  • geophysical fluid dynamics

Research group

Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics

Research project(s)

Numerical study of turbulent manoeuvering-body wakes

Remote sensing of turbulence

Research is currently underway  developing the necessary algorithms which would relate visible surface signatures (detected using satellite-mounted synthetic aperture radars) to their sub-surface turbulent phenomena.  This project thus needs to consider both remote sensing technology available on satellites  and issues relating to fluid dynamics. 


Book Chapters

    Coleman, G. N., & Sandberg, R. D. (2010). Direct numerical simulation of turbulent fluid flow. In R. Blockley, & W. Shyy (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. Chichester, GB: Wiley.
    Coleman, G. N., Hu, Z., Krishnan, L., Li, Q., Sandham, N. D., & Yorke, C. P. (2004). Some recent results from aerodynamics-based DNS. In P. Neittaanmaki, T. Rossi, S. Korotov, E. Onate, J. Periaux, & D. Knorzer (Eds.), European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering: ECCOMAS 2004. (pp. 1-6). Jyväskylä, Finland: European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering.
    Coleman, G. N., & Sandham, N. D. (2002). Direct numerical simulations of separation bubbles, Chapter 24. In B. E. Launder, & N. D. Sandham (Eds.), Closure Strategies for Turbulent and Transitional Flows. (pp. 702-719). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.



Professor Gary N Coleman
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:13/5053

Telephone:(023) 8059 2313
Facsimile:(023) 8059 3058

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