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Wallace, James

Wallace, James

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics
Mechanical Engineering
0100-K Ellicott Hall, Building 256


  • D.Phil., Oxford University, 1969


Dr. Wallace Retired in 2012.


  • The Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award of the University of Maryland (2006)
  • 2005 Maryland Professor of the Year, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • University System of Maryland Board of Regents Teaching Award (2004)
  • Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni, Georgia Institute of Technology (1995)
  • Achievement Award for Contribution to Science, University of Maryland Sigma Xi Chapter (1992)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1989)
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University of Maryland, College Park (1987-88)
  • Distinguished Service Award in the Engineering Sciences, Washington Academy of Sciences (1984)


  • Chairman, Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society (2003), Councilor (2009-present);
  • Member-at-Large of the United States National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the National Research Council (2003-2006).

Physics of turbulent fluid flow social implications of science and technology


  • R.B. Loucks and J.M. Wallace, "Velocity and Velocity Gradient Based Properties of a Turbulent Mixing Layer," J. Fluid Mech. (2012), in press.


  • J.M. Wallace and P.V. Vukoslavcevic, "Experimental Measurement of the Velocity Gradient Tensor," Ann. Rev. of Fluid Mech. (2010), 42, 157-181.


  • A. Folz and J.M. Wallace, “Near-Surface Turbulence in the Atmospheric Surface Layer,” Physica D (2009), 10.1016/j.physd.2009.06.014.
  • J.M. Wallace, "Twenty Years of Experimental and DNS Access to the Velocity Gradient Tensor:  What have we learned about Turbulence?," Phys. Fluids (2009), 21, 021301, 1-17


  • J.M. Wallace and L. Ong, "Local Isotropy of the Velocity and Vorticity Fields in a Boundary Layer a High Reynolds Number," Phys. Fluids (2008) 20, 101506, 1-7.
  • S. Simoens and J. M. Wallace, "The Flow Across a Street Canyon of Variable Width - Part II: Scalar Dispersion from a Street Level Line Source," Atmos. Environ. (2008), 42, 2489-2503.


  • S. Simoens, M. Ayrault and J.M. Wallace, "The Flow Across a Street Canyon of Variable Width - Part I: Kinematic Description," Atmos. Environ. (2007), 41, 9002-9017.


  • P.S. Bernard and J.M. Wallace, "Turbulent Flow: Measurement, Analysis and Prediction," John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, (2002).


  • E. Balaras, U. Piomelli and J.M. Wallace, "Self-similar States in Turbulent Mixing Layers," J. Fluid Mech. (2001), 446, 1-24.


  • J.-Y. Vincont, S. Simoens, M. Ayrault, and J.M. Wallace, "Passive Scalar Dispersion in a Turbulent Boundary Layer from a Line Source at the Wall and Downstream of an Obstacle," J. Fluid Mech. (2000), 424, 127-167.


  • L. Ong, and J.M. Wallace, "Joint Probability Density Analysis of the Structure and Dynamics of the Vorticity Field of a Turbulent Boundary Layer," J. Fluid Mech. (1998), 367, 291-328.


  • J.M. Wallace and J.F. Foss, "The Measurement of Vorticity in Turbulent Flows," Ann. Rev. of Fluid Mech. (1995), 27, 469-514.

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Wallace Wins Kirwan Award

ME professor honored for work in undergraduate education.

Wallace Named Maryland Carnegie Professor of the Year

The Gemstone Program's James Wallace has been named 2005 Maryland Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.

Dr. James Wallace Receives Faculty Award

Dr. James Wallace received 2004 University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

American Physical Society (APS)