Faculty Profile

Gabriel Juarez

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Gabriel Juarez
Gabriel Juarez
Assistant Professor
4415 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 265-6367

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics


  • PhD, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2009
  • MS, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University, 2006
  • BA, Physics, Cornell University, 2004

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2016 - date
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2012 - August 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Jan 2010 - May 2012

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Research Interests

  • Engineering coral reef recovery
  • Experimental soft matter
  • Low Reynolds number fluid mechanics
  • Microbial oil degradation
  • Microfluidic rheology of complex fluids

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Juarez, G., T. Gastopoulos, Y. Zhang, M.L. Siegel, and P.E. Arratia, "Regular and irregular splashing of drops on geometric targets," Phys. Fluids 24, 091105 (2012)
  • Juarez, G., T. Gastopoulos, Y. Zhang, M.L. Siegel, and P.E. Arratia, "Splash control of drop impacts with geometric targets," Phys. Rev. E 85, 026319
  • Juarez, G., I.C. Christov, J.M. Ottino, and R.M. Lueptow,￿"Mixing by cutting and shuffling 3D granular flow in spherical tumblers,"￿Chemical Engineering Science,￿Volume 73, 7 May 2012, Pages 195￿207
  • Juarez, G., P. Chen, and R.M. Lueptow, "Transition to centrifuging granular flow in rotating tumblers: a modified Froude number," 2011 New J. Phys. 13 053055
  • Juarez, G. and P.E. Arratia, "Extensional rheology of DNA suspensions in microfluidic devices,"￿Soft Matter, 2011,7, 9444-9452
  • Juarez, G., K. Lu, J. Sznitman, and P.E. Arratia, "Motility of small nematodes in wet granular media,"￿2010 EPL 92 44002
  • Juarez, G., R.M. Lueptow, J.M. Ottino, R. Sturman and S. Wiggins, "Mixing by cutting and shuffling,"￿2010 EPL 91 20003
  • Juarez, G., R.M. Lueptow, and J.M. Ottino, "Granular coarsening: Phase space and evolution analogies," Phys. Rev. E 81, 012301
  • Juarez, G., J.M. Ottino, and R.M. Lueptow, "Axial band scaling for bidisperse mixtures in granular tumblers," Phys. Rev. E 78, 031306


  • ￿Milton Van Dyke Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (￿2011)

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, SP18 (SP18)