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Larsson, Johan

Johan Larsson
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Member, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation
3149 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Dr. Larsson has broad interests within the fields of fluid mechanics, turbulence, combustion and predictive computational science. His interests range from the very fundamental to the rather applied: his ideal research question is one which solves a highly applied problem through a rigorous and creative fundamental approach. Large-scale simulations on thousands of processors are an important tool in this research, enabling detailed turbulence simulations or quantification of simulation uncertainties.

Current project topics include: enabling large eddy simulation to be applied at realistic (high) Reynolds numbers through approximate wall-modeling; developing grid-adaptation techniques for turbulence simulations; developing models for transcritical combustion; and developing physics-based uncertainty quantification approaches for complex multi-physics systems.


  • PhD, University of Waterloo, Canada, 2006
  • MSc, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2002
  • BSc, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1999

Honors and Awards 

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2015
  • Best MSc Thesis in the ME Department, 2015 (to student Andrew Trettel)

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • American Physical Society
  • American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics

Selected Publications 

Related News 

Burgers Program Features Topics in Turbulence
Graduate students from 30 universities and 7 countries come to College Park. June 11, 2018

Larsson Named Associate Editor of AIAA Journal
Larsson will serve in this new role through 2020. February 12, 2018

Joint UMD/NAVAIR Workshop Addressed Future of Turbulence Simulations for Aerospace Applications
Two-day workshop focused on the future of turbulence simulations for aerospace applications attracts attendees across government, academe and industry. December 15, 2016

Larsson Receives NSF CAREER Award
Larsson targets turbulent flows to improve future modeling capabilities. January 29, 2015

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. April 1, 2013

Johan Larsson joins Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research areas include fluid mechanics, turbulence, combustion and computational science. March 25, 2013