Matthew J. Rau

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Matthew J. Rau

Assistant Professor

Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


SEH 3600 | Office Hours: Thursday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm; By appointment

Professor Matthew Rau studies multiphase flows with an emphasis on transport in the environment. His current focus includes the study of microplastics transport in aquatic systems along with studying aggregating biological particles, their behavior in turbulence, and how they influence the carbon cycle in the ocean. His group performs a variety of experimental methods and develops and deploys novel measurement techniques in the field to study phenomena that can't be replicated in the lab. 

  • B.S., University of Dayton, 2009

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, 2016

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, U.S. Naval Research Lab

  • Fluid mechanics, thermal science and energy

  • Mechanical engineering

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2021

  • National Research Council, Research Associateship Program Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2015

  • Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division (EPPD) Student Member of the Year, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015