Gund Fellow, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jeff Marshall is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the NSF-funded Smart Grid IGERT Program at the University of Vermont. Professor Marshall studies the mechanics of incompressible fluids and particulate flows, with applications to energy, biological and aerospace systems. His technical focus is on modeling of three-dimensional vortex flows and on the dynamics of flows containing adhesive particles. Some of the application areas of his recent work include modeling of multi-species biofilm dynamics, microalgae growth processes in turbulent flow, automated dust removal from solar panels, oscillatory diffusion (a new diffusion process for particulates in a porous media in the presence of acoustics), and turbine wake vortex interactions in wind farms.

Professor Marshall has authored 123 journal publications and book chapters, 90 conference papers and abstracts, and two books (Inviscid Incompressible Flow, John Wiley & Sons, 2001 and Adhesive Particle Flow, Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a recipient of the Henry Hess Award from ASME, the Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office, and the CIES Fellowship from the French Ministry of Education.


• Marshall, J.S. and Li, S., Adhesive Particle Flow: A Discrete Element Approach, Cambridge University Press, New York (2014).
• Marshall, J.S., Inviscid Incompressible Flow, John Wiley & Sons, New York (2001).

Recent Published Papers

  • Saunders, D.C., Marshall, J.S., and Hines, P.D., “The effect of time scales on wind farm power variability with nonlinear model predictive control,” Wind Energy, Vol. 20, No. 11, pp. 1891-1908 (2017).
  • Dizaji, F.F., and Marshall, J.S., “On the significance of two-way coupling in simulation of turbulent particle agglomeration,” Powder Technology, Vol. 318, pp. 83-94 (2017).
  • Jin, X., and Marshall, J.S., “The role of fluid turbulence on contact electrification of
    suspended particles,” Journal of Electrostatics, Vol. 87, pp. 217-227 (2017).
  • Myers, O., Del Maestro, A., Wu, J.R., and Marshall, J.S., “Long-range interacting
    pendula: A simple model for understanding complex dynamics of charged particles in an
    electric curtain device,” Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 121, 154501 (10 pages)(2017).
  • Saunders, D.C., and Marshall, J.S., “Transient lift force on a blade during cutting of a
    vortex with non-zero axial flow,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 819, pp. 258-284

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Recipient of the Henry Hess Award from ASME
  • The Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office
  • CIES Fellowship from the French Ministry of Education

Associations and Affiliations

  • Professor, UVM Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2006-present
  • Director, UVM Smart Grid IGERT Program, 2012-present
  • Fellow, Gund Institute for Environment, 2018-present
  • Sustainability Fellow, 2018-present
  • Faculty Associate, UVM Transportation Research Center, 2013-present
  • Director, UVM School of Engineering, 2006-07


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Fluid mechanics and particulate flows; renewable energy (wind energy, algae biofuels, solar panel dust mitigation); complex systems; vortex dynamics and vortex-structure interaction; biofluid flows, Lagrangian and multiscale computational methods; thin-film flows


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering. University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering. University of California, Los Angeles


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Office Location:

201 Votey Hall

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