Paul B. Reinhold Professor
Packard Lab 452
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Phone Number: 
(610) 758-4107
Donald Rockwell

Areas of Research

Fluid/Structure Interaction
Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Phenomena
Engineering Mechanics


Donald Rockwell's research interests are focused on the physics of vortex-dominated flows and the associated areas of flow-induced vibration and noise generation.  He has been the Director/Principal Investigator for research programs funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, NASA's Lewis and Langley Research Centers, Lockheed-Martin, Pratt and Whitney, Arrow International, and Combustion Research and Flow Technologies.

Rockwell has given seventeen keynote addresses and plenary lectures at international conferences in six countries. He was invited by AFOSR and ONR to chair three international workshops that brought together world leaders in the areas of unsteady flow and flow-structure interaction to define frameworks for long-range research objectives and funding. Rockwell served as editor and editor-in-chief of Experiments in Fluids for 15 years and was honored with a dedicated issue with contributions from international authorities. He is an author of over 210 journal publications. Over 170 of these publications have been cited at least 10 times. He developed short courses on flow-structure interaction (jointly with Professor Eduard Naudascher) held at sixteen locations worldwide involving participants from over seventy industrial and government organizations. He has served as a consultant for industrial firms in six countries.

Rockwell was appointed an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and elected an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received the Fluid Dynamics Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion.


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bucknell University