A/PROF Daniel Chung

A/PROF Daniel Chung




  • Dr Daniel Chung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

    Daniel graduated from The University of Melbourne with a BE (Mechatronics) / BCS in 2003, and then went on to complete his PhD (Aeronautics) at the California Institute of Technology in 2009. Then he was a postdoctoral scholar researching climate physics at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory before joining the department as Lecturer in 2012.

    Research Interests
    Daniel is interested in interdisciplinary research centred around fluid mechanics, including large-eddy simulation and modelling, direct numerical simulation, wall-bounded turbulence (especially over roughness), turbulent convection and planetary boundary layers. Daniel's research is fundamental in nature, aimed at developing and improving the predictive tools used in engineering and meteorology.


Member of

  • Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society. Member 2012 -
  • American Physical Society. Member 2011 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, California Institute of Technology 2009
  • BE, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BCS, University of Melbourne 2003

Awards and honors

  • Nobuhide Kasagi Award for "novel numerical simulations and insightful analysis to answer fundamental questions in turbulence", Eleventh International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP11), Southampton, UK, 2019
  • Gallery of Fluid Motion Award for visual aesthetic and technical insight of poster (co-authors: G. Matheou, J. Teixeira), American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Portland, 2016
  • Milton Van Dyke Award for visual aesthetic and technical insight of poster (co-author: G. Matheou), American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting, Baltimore, 2011
  • W. F. Ballhaus Prize for outstanding aeronautics doctoral dissertation, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories California Institute of Technology, 2009
  • R. B. Chapman Memorial Award for distinguished hydrodynamics research, Division of Engineering and Applied Science California Institute of Technology, 2009
  • A. E. Perry Memorial Prize in fluid mechanics, Faculty of Engineering University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Douglas Fellowship, California Institute of Technology, 2004


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Turbulent flow over surfaces with spatially varying roughness (PhD student)
    Tailoring aircraft surface textures to minimise drag (PhD student)