Eric Shaqfeh

Eric Shaqfeh

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University
381 North South Mall
Stauffer III Room 207
Stanford, CA 94305-5025

Administrative Assistant: Annie Jensen,
Phone: 723-7503

Phone:  650-723-3764


Prof. Shaqfeh is the Lester Levi Carter Professor and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, has a dual appointment with Mechanical Engineering, and is a faculty member in the Institute of Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford. Shaqfeh’s current research interests include non-Newtonian fluid mechanics (especially in the area of elastic instabilities, and turbulent drag reduction), nonequilibrium polymer statistical dynamics (focusing on single molecules studies of DNA), and suspension mechanics (particularly of fiber suspensions and particles/vesicles in microfluidics). He has authored or co-authored over 170 publications and has been an Associate Editor of the Physics of Fluids since 2006.


Doctor of Philosophy, March, 1986
Chemical Engineering, Stanford University; Thesis Advisor: Prof. A. Acrivos
Master of Science, June, 1982
Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, June, 1981
Chemical Engineering, Princeton University; (also Engineering Physics Program)

Academic Honors and Awards

Shaqfeh has received the APS Francois N. Frenkiel Award 1989, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award 1990, the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering 1991, the Camile and Henry Dreyfus Teacher--Scholar Award 1994, the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award 1994, the 1998 ASEE Curtis W. McGraw Award, and the 2011 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology. A Fellow of the American Physical Society, he has held a number of professional lectureships, most recently the Merck Distinguished Lectureship, Rutgers (2003), the Corrsin Lectureship, Johns Hopkins (2003) and the Katz Lectureship, CCNY (2004). He was also the Hougen Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (2004) and the Probstein Lecturer at MIT (2011). Shaqfeh was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013.

Selected Journal Publications

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Current Ph.D. Students

Current Rotation Students

Name Research Area
Shifan Mao