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Donald R. Webster

Associate Chair, Administration and Finance & Professor
Water Resources Engineering
Mason 1108
404.894.6704
dwebster@ce.gatech.edu

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1994.
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1991.
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Davis, 1989.

Dr. Donald Webster received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994. After a postdoctoral research position at Stanford University and a non-tenure track faculty position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in September 1997. Dr. Webster's research expertise lies in environmental fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on the influence of fluid mechanics and turbulence on biological systems. Research objectives have been pursued in two basic ways: 1) studying the fluid mechanics and turbulence characteristics of environmental and biological flows; and 2) developing advanced experimental techniques and facilities necessary to conduct the research. Dr. Websters educational activities related to biological applications include being the co-PI representing the College of Engineering on an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training program (NSF-supported) to train students in the physics, chemistry, and ecology of chemical and hydrodynamic signaling in aquatic communities. The program includes a series of graduate courses that cut across biology, chemistry and fluid mechanics. As a key part of this program, Dr. Webster has developed a new graduate-level course focused on the fluid mechanics of organisms.

Dr. Webster holds a professional engineering license (PE).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Fluid mechanics
  • Turbulence
  • Turbulent and chaotic mixing
  • Biological, ecological and environmental flow applications, experimental methods

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Invited participant in NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, 2016
  • Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, 2016
  • Fellow, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Class of 1934 Outstanding Innovative Use of Education Technology Award, 2015
  • CEE Leadership in Use of Educational Technology Award, 2014
  • Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • The article, “Bioinspired Algorithm for Autonomous Sensor-driven Guidance in Turbulent Chemical Plumes” was named a Highlight of 2012 by Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
  • Invited participant in 2008-2009 University Leadership Program (ULP)
  • CEE Excellence in Service Award, 2008
  • CEE Outstanding Teacher Award, 2004
  • British Petroleum / CETL Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2001
  • CEE Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activity Award, 2000
  • Lloyd S. Burr Memorial Endowment Scholarship, 1989 – 1990
  • Edward Frank Kraft Scholarship, 1985
  • Graduated with High Honors, University of California at Davis, 1989
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Adhikari, D., D.R. Webster, and J. Yen (2016) Portable tomographic PIV measurements of swimming shelled Antarctic pteropods. Experiments in Fluids 57: 180 (17pp).
  • Webster, D.R., D.M. Majerich, and A.G. Madden (2016) Flippin’ fluid mechanics ‐ Comparison using two groups. Advances in Engineering Education 5(3) (20pp).
  • Young, D.L., B.L. Bruder, K.A. Haas, and D.R. Webster (2016) The hydrodynamics of surface tidal flow exchange in salt marshes. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 172: 128‐137.
  • Murphy, D.W., D. Adhikari, D.R. Webster, and J. Yen (2016) Underwater flight by the planktonic sea butterfly. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 535‐543.
  • True, A.C., D.R. Webster, M.J. Weissburg, J. Yen, and A. Genin (2015) Patchiness and depth‐ keeping of copepods in response to simulated frontal flows. Marine Ecology Progress Series 539: 65‐76.
BOOKS
  • C.B. Woodson, D.R. Webster, and A.C. True, “Copepod Behavior: Oceanographic Cues, Distributions, and Trophic Interactions” in Copepods: Diversity, Habitat, and Behavior, edited by L. Seuront (June, 2014).
  • D.R. Webster “The Structure of Turbulent Chemical Plumes,” in Trace Chemical Sensing of Explosives, edited by R.L. Woodfin, Wiley-Interscience, pp. 109-129 (2007).
  • P.J.W. Roberts and D.R. Webster “Turbulent Diffusion,” in Environmental Fluid Mechanics – Theories and Application, edited by H. Shen, A. Cheng, K.-H. Wang, M.H. Teng, and C. Liu, ASCE Press, Reston, Virginia, pp. 7-45 (2002).
PROCEEDINGS
  • D. Adhikari, D.R. Webster, and J. Yen, “Portable Infrared Tomographic PIV and 3D Kinematics Measurement of Swimming Sea Butterfly” PIV'15 – 11th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry, Santa Barbara, CA, September 2015.
  • D. Adhikari, D.R. Webster, and J. Yen, “Flapping, Wobbling, and Zig-zagging: Tomographic PIV Measurements of Antarctic Sea Butterfly “Flying” Underwater,” DFD15 Meeting of The American Physical Society, Boston, MA, November 2015. Also Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. X, No. X, p. X (2015).
  • D.R. Webster, A.C. True, M.J. Weissburg, J. Yen, and A. Genin, “Copepod Behavioral Response to Simulated Frontal Flows,” DFD15 Meeting of The American Physical Society, Boston, MA, November 2015. Also Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. X, No. X, p. X (2015).
  • A.N. Skipper, D.R. Webster, and J. Yen, “Calanoid Copepod Behavior in Thin Layer Shear Flows: Freshwater Versus Marine,” DFD15 Meeting of The American Physical Society, Boston, MA, November 2015. Also Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. X, No. X, p. X (2015).
  • D. Adhikari, D.R. Webster, and J. Yen, “Pteropod ‘Flight’ as Indicator of Ocean Acidification,” Response of Pteropods to Ocean Acidification and Climate Change Workshop, Cambridge, England, June 2015.
REPORTS
  • E.K. Longmire, D.R. Webster, D.L. Gefroh, and J.S. Lowengrub, Dynamics of Pinch-Off in Liquid Jets Flowing into Immiscible Liquid Ambients, University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Report 98/101, 1998.
  • D.R. Webster and E.K. Longmire, Vortex Rings from Cylinders with Inclined Exits, University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Report 97/157, 1997.
  • D.R. Webster and J.A.C. Humphrey, Instability in Coiled Pipe Flow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Thrust Area Report FY 91, pp. 2-37 - 2-41, 1992.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Outreach Webinar “What is Turbulence and Why Do We Care?” organized by Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) – Ocean Systems, January 2013
  • Invited plenary speaker for Seventh International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, Ottawa Canada, 2011
  • “The Hydrodynamics of Chemical Cues among Aquatic Organisms”, Stanford University, September 2009
  • “Quantifying Chemical and Hydrodynamic Signal Structure for Aquatic Ecology”,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA, June 2004.
  • “Quantifying Chemical and Hydrodynamic Signal Structure for Aquatic Ecology”,Environmental Engineering Program, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA, February 2004.