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Associate Professor & Interim Chair
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering & Mathematics
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:microscale fluid mechanics
Biography:Hitt conducts research targeted at understanding the physical behavior and mechanics of complex fluids (e.g., multiphase flows, suspensions, bio-fluids) on microscopic length scales for application to engineering fluidic microsystems (MEMS). Examples of such applications include: novel fluid mixing strategies for chemical "microchips" and micro-scale propulsion concepts for the next generation of small spacecraft/satellites (less than 20 lbs). His research is currently sponsored under grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force and NASA. The research features a balance of theoretical, computational and experimental methods and has appeared in publications such as Physics of Fluids, Smart Materials & Structures, and the SPIE Microfluidics and BioMEMS. His teaching portfolio spans courses in undergraduate and graduate level fluid mechanics, computational methods, and advanced mathematics. He also serves on numerous committees including: Chair of the Engineering & Mathematics Curriculum Committee; Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Committee; the College Computing Committee; the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Admissions Committee, the University First-Year Experience Committee; and the Design Technology and Science Connection (TASC) Committee.