Arne J Pearlstein

Arne J Pearlstein
Arne J Pearlstein
(217) 333-3658
3056 Sidney Lu Mech Engr Bldg

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  • Ph.D. Engineering UCLA 1983
  • Engineer UCLA 1979
  • B.S. Engineering UCLA 1977
  • M.S. Engineering UCLA 1977

Academic Positions

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2006-date
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, 2000-2006
  • Faculty Fellow, Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UIUC, 1999-2006
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UIUC, 1989-2000
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1983-89
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1986-89
  • Member, Program in Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, 1986-89

Research Statement

Professor Pearlstein conducts computational and analytical studies of incompressible flow, with applications to materials processing-including directional solidification of alloys and electronic materials, electrodeposition and electrophoresis-and other mass transfer processes. He also investigates hydrodynamic stability vortex shedding and chemically reacting systems. He is currently working to develop proper orthogonal decomposition models of dynamic flight maneuvering using virtual control surfaces generated by trapped vorticity.

Professor Pearlstein discovered multi-valued stability boundaries in hydrodynamic stability problems, showed that they were associated with closed neutral curves, and physically explained their origin. He also developed a theoretical/computational approach for predicting nonuniform molecular weight distributions in materials produced by free-radical photopolymerization, accounting for propagation and termination kinetics, monomer diffusion and nonuniform light absorption.

Research Areas

  • Chemistry
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio
  • Security and Defense

Selected Articles in Journals


Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 1976-date

Teaching Honors

  • Teachers Rated as Excellent, UIUC, Spring 2020
  • MechSE Two-Year Effective Teaching Award, 2007
  • Engineering Council Advisor List for Outstanding Advising, UIUC, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2017, 2023
  • Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Advising, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1993

Research Honors

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2014
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1985

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 310 AL3 - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 320 AE1 (ME 320 AL2, ME 320 OE1, ME 320 AL1) - Heat Transfer
  • TAM 531 - Inviscid Flow
  • TAM 536 - Instability and Transition