Lian Shen is the Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, the Director of the Fluid Mechanics Lab and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He primarily works on the computational and theoretical study of fluid dynamics in areas including turbulence, boundary layers, water waves, multiphase flows, and flow-structure interaction. The projects originate from a wide range of applications, including mechanical engineering, environmental fluid mechanics, geophysical fluid dynamics, renewable energy, and biofluids; however, basic research aiming at the fundamental mechanisms in fluid dynamics is always a major theme.
His research is supported by NSF, DOE, ONR, NOPP, NOAA, and private industry. He received his Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.