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Fotis Sotiropoulos is a Greek born American engineering professor and researcher known for his contributions in computational fluid dynamics for river hydrodynamics, renewable energy, biomedical and biological applications. He currently serves as the dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University, a position he has held since October 15, 2015.[1]

Fotis Sotiropoulos
Fotis Sotiropoulos in 2018
BornAugust 30, 1963
NationalityUnited States
Known forComputational fluid dynamics for fluid structure interaction, river hydromechanics and morphodynamics, wind and tidal energy systems, aquatic swimming and heart valve hemodynamics
TitleSUNY Distinguished Professor and Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Academic work
InstitutionsStony Brook University, University of Minnesota, Georgia Institute of Technology


Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Sotiropoulos earned his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece (1986). In 1987 he moved to the US to pursue his graduate studies. He received a M.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Penn State University (1989) and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Cincinnati (1991). From 1991 to 1995 he was a postdoctoral associate and assistant research scientist at the University of Iowa Institute for Hydraulic Research in Iowa City, IA.


Fotis Sotiropoulos serves as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University, effective October 15, 2015.[2] Prior to that, Sotiropoulos served as the director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory,[3] the founding director of the EOLOS wind energy research field station,[4] and the James L. Record Professor of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2006-2015). Prior to that, he was on the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering (1995-2005).[5]


2019: American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days Borland Lecture in Hydraulics[6][7]

2018: Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)[8]

2017: State University of New York Distinguished Professor[9]

2017: American Society of Civil Engineers Hunter-Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award “For generating a quantum leap forward in the development and application of computational fluid dynamics for waterways.”[10][11]

2014: Sackler Distinguished Lecturer, The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel[12]

2011: APS/DF Gallery of Fluid Motion Contest Winner (with T. Le, D. Coffey, and D. Keefe), American Physical Society, 64st APS/DFD meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. Video entry: “Vortex formation and instability in the left ventricle”[13]

2009: Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS):For seminal contributions in vortex dynamics, flow-structure interactions, and chaotic dynamics in civil, mechanical and biomedical applications.”[14]

2009: APS/DFD Gallery of Fluid Motion Contest Winner (with I. Borazjani), American Physical Society, 61st APS/DFD meeting, San Antonio, Texas. Video entry: “Why don't mackerels swim like eels? The role of form and kinematics on the hydrodynamics of undulatory swimming”[15]

2008: James L. Record Professorship, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota


Sotiropoulos has made seminal contributions in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), spanning a broad range of topics in turbulence, vortex dynamics, flow-structure interactions, and chaotic dynamics.  His work has been inherently interdisciplinary and impacted numerous fields in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, and aquatic biology.  He has developed the Curvilinear Immersed Boundary method[16] for solving the Navier-Stokes equations in domains with arbitrarily complex deformable objects with fluid-structure interaction. His numerical methods have been integrated with novel experiments to enable high-fidelity numerical simulations of real-life fluid mechanics problems in areas such as wind and tidal energy systems,[17][18][19][20] river hydromechanics and morphodynamics,[21][22] fish swimming,[23][24] and hemodynamics of native and prosthetic heart valves.[25] Sotiropoulos is the developer of the open source Virtual Flow Simulator (VFS) CFD code,[26] which is used by industry to optimize wind farms[27][28] and tidal energy projects[19] and assess and mitigate the risk of extreme river flooding on transportation infrastructure.[29]


  1. ^ "Fotis Sotiropoulos Bio | Office of the President". www.stonybrook.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  2. ^ "Incoming SBU dean: 'I really can't wait'". Newsday. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  3. ^ "SAFL Directors | St. Anthony Falls Laboratory". www.safl.umn.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  4. ^ "A life-size lab chases the wind". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  5. ^ "Georgia Tech Researchers Use Numerical Models to Examine Blood Flow Patterns in Artificial Heart Valves". www.news.gatech.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  6. ^ "CEAS Dean Fotis Sotiropoulos Awarded AGU Borland Lecture in Hydraulics". SBU News. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  7. ^ "Keynote Speakers | Hydrology Days". Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  8. ^ "Fellows". www.asme.org. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  9. ^ "5-10-17 Distinguished Academy - SUNY". www.suny.edu. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  10. ^ "Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award | ASCE | Past Award Winners". www.asce.org. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  11. ^ "Fotis Sotiropoulos Recognized Nationally for Advancing Hydraulic Engineering". SBU News. 2017-05-16. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  12. ^ "Sackler Past Fellows & Lecturers". ias.tau.ac.il. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  13. ^ Le, Trung Bao; Sotiropoulos, Fotis; Coffey, Dane; Keefe, Daniel (2012-09-01). "Vortex formation and instability in the left ventricle". Physics of Fluids. 24 (9): 091110. doi:10.1063/1.4747164. ISSN 1070-6631. PMC 3465351. PMID 23112565.
  14. ^ "APS Fellow Archive". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  15. ^ Borazjani, Iman; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2009-09-01). "Why don't mackerels swim like eels? The role of form and kinematics on the hydrodynamics of undulatory swimming". Physics of Fluids. 21 (9): 091109. doi:10.1063/1.3205869. ISSN 1070-6631.
  16. ^ Borazjani, Iman; Ge, Liang; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2008-08-10). "Curvilinear immersed boundary method for simulating fluid structure interaction with complex 3D rigid bodies". Journal of Computational Physics. 227 (16): 7587–7620. doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2008.04.028. ISSN 0021-9991.
  17. ^ Yang, Xiaolei; Hong, Jiarong; Barone, Matt; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (October 2016). "Coherent dynamics in the rotor tip shear layer of utility-scale wind turbines". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 804: 90–115. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.503. ISSN 0022-1120.
  18. ^ "A Minnesota Blizzard Provides Insight into Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Wakes". Energy.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  19. ^ a b Chawdhary, Saurabh; Angelidis, Dionysios; Colby, Jonathan; Corren, Dean; Shen, Lian; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2018). "Multiresolution Large-Eddy Simulation of an Array of Hydrokinetic Turbines in a Field-Scale River: The Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project in New York City". Water Resources Research. 54 (12): 10, 188–10, 204. doi:10.1029/2018WR023345. ISSN 1944-7973.
  20. ^ Guala, Michele; Fotis Sotiropoulos; Hill, Craig; Musa, Mirko (October 2018). "Performance and resilience of hydrokinetic turbine arrays under large migrating fluvial bedforms". Nature Energy. 3 (10): 839–846. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0218-9. ISSN 2058-7546.
  21. ^ Sotiropoulos Fotis (2019-06-01). "Hydraulic Engineering in the Era of Big Data and Extreme Computing: Can Computers Simulate River Turbulence?". Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 145 (6): 02519002. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0001594.
  22. ^ Sotiropoulos, F.; Khosronejad, A. (March 2017). "On the genesis and evolution of barchan dunes: morphodynamics". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 815: 117–148. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.880. ISSN 0022-1120.
  23. ^ "Does shark skin really reduce drag? Not so fast, study says". Los Angeles Times. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  24. ^ Borazjani, Iman; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2010-01-01). "On the role of form and kinematics on the hydrodynamics of self-propelled body/caudal fin swimming". Journal of Experimental Biology. 213 (1): 89–107. doi:10.1242/jeb.030932. ISSN 0022-0949. PMID 20008366.
  25. ^ Sotiropoulos, Fotis; Le, Trung Bao; Gilmanov, Anvar (2016). "Fluid Mechanics of Heart Valves and Their Replacements". Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics. 48 (1): 259–283. doi:10.1146/annurev-fluid-122414-034314.
  26. ^ Contribute to SAFL-CFD-Lab/VFS-Wind development by creating an account on GitHub, SAFL-CFD-Lab, 2019-06-01, retrieved 2019-08-14
  27. ^ "Virtual Wind Simulator Will Help Optimize Offshore Energy Production". Energy.gov. Retrieved 2019-08-14.
  28. ^ Yang, Xiaolei; Pakula, Maggie; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2018-11-01). "Large-eddy simulation of a utility-scale wind farm in complex terrain". Applied Energy. 229: 767–777. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.08.049. ISSN 0306-2619.
  29. ^ Khosronejad, Ali; Le, Trung; DeWall, Petra; Bartelt, Nicole; Woldeamlak, Solomon; Yang, Xiaolei; Sotiropoulos, Fotis (2016-12-01). "High-fidelity numerical modeling of the Upper Mississippi River under extreme flood condition". Advances in Water Resources. 98: 97–113. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.10.018. ISSN 0309-1708.