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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.

Kiger Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for his achievements in research and pedagogy.

Dean Pines Named University of Maryland's 34th President

Darryll Pines has served as Dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering since January 2009.

Nationwide Urban Flooding Disrupts Local Economies, Public Safety, and Housing Equity

Joint UMD, TAMU study affirms urban flooding is a growing threat across the U.S.

University of Maryland Breaks Ground on E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory

The new building will inspire innovation and entrepreneurship, enable world-class research, and spur economic development.

Pines Receives UMD President's Medal

The President's Medal is the highest honor the university community can bestow.

Burgers Program Features Topics in Turbulence

Graduate students from 30 universities and 7 countries come to College Park.

C.D. Mote, Jr. Named a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors

Colleagues noted his work as a researcher, inventor, educator, mentor and as a leader.

University of Maryland School of Engineering Announces Unprecedented Investment from A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

Building Together: An Investment for Maryland Will Transform UMD Through $219,486,000 Gift

UMD Mourns Passing of Benefactor and Alumnus A. James Clark

University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering community remembers namesake and friend

Three Clark School Students Named 2013-2014 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

Clark School undergraduates Rohrbach, Yanes and Yep named 2013-2014 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

UMD Receives Largest Ever Software Grant from Siemens

UMD students and researchers to gain access to industry technology used to design and manufacture sophisticated products.

Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Publish Articles Among Most Read in Physics of Fluids in 2012

Assistant Professor Johan Larsson and Professor Emeritus James Wallace published articles in Physics of Fluids among the most read last year.

Jim Wallace Appointed Professor Emeritus

ME professor and former Gemstone director will continue work with Burgers Program after his retirement.

Wallace Gives Lecture at Colloquium on Turbulence

ME Professor and Gemstone Director Speaks on Turbulent Boundary Layers in Marseille, France.

Pepco Buys UMd.'s Solar Decathlon-Winning Home for Public Display

'WaterShed' to serve public education, research at Montgomery County site.

Wallace D. Loh Appointed President of University of Maryland

Current University of Iowa Executive VP and Provost named new U-Md. President, effective November 1

Mechanical Engineering Honors Prof. James Wallace & Faculty

Mechanical Engineering faculty were honored at the Faculty Recognition Event and Dinner on Friday, May 12.

Professor James Wallace Receives Major Teaching Award

Professor James Wallace has been named 2005 Maryland Professor of the Year.

ME Undergrad Awarded Prestigious NOAA Scholarship

Jennifer Thompson was awarded a prestigious NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarship.

Professors Wallace, Duncan Elected to Ameican Physical Society Division Executive Committee

This division is the principal professional organization for over five-thousand fluid dynamicists in the U.S. and abroad.


Congratulations to Professor Wallace for this outstanding achievement.

Wallace Appointed to U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Professor James Wallace has been appointed Member-at-Large of the USNC/TAM of the National Academy of Sciences.

Duncan Named Director of Science, Technology, and Society Program

Professor James Duncan has been named Director STS Program, taking the reins from Professor James Wallace.

American Physical Society (APS)