Professor, Mechanical Engineering
BioDr. Aubry is currently serving as Dean of Engineering at Northeastern University. Her awards include the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and her election as Member of the National Academy of Engineering and as Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She has served as Chair of the National Academies’ U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM) and is serving as Vice-Chair (to become Chair-Elect and Chair) of the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics. Dr. Aubry has been serving on many APS and ASME committees, numerous NSF and National Research Council review panels, and a certain number of advisory boards and review panels in the U.S. and in foreign countries, including Austria, France, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea. She currently serves as Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics. She has given numerous invited seminars on her research at various universities and conferences. Recent lectures include a keynote lecture at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems (2003), a conference invited lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society) (2006), the Grace Hopper Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania (2007), the Haythornthwaite Foundations' Distinguished Lecture at Temple University (2008), the Lindseth Lecture at Cornell University (2008), a plenary lecture at the Complex Fluids & Microfluidics Workshop, Melbourne, Australia (2008), an invited lecture at the Microfluidics Gordon Research Conference, Lucca, Italy (2009), a plenary lecture at the National Congress of Physics of Mexico and an invited lecture at the Fluid Dynamics Congress of Mexico (2010), and distinguished lectures at both the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo in Canada (2011).
B.Sc. 1984, National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble
M.S. 1984, Scientific and Medical University of Grenoble
Ph.D. 1987, Cornell University
Professor Aubry’s research is in the area of fluid dynamics. She pioneered the modeling of open flow turbulence and other complex flows and systems using advanced decomposition techniques and dynamical systems theory. Her current group’s research focuses on microscale flows or microfluidics, including micromixers, droplet generators, and manipulators of particles suspended in liquids in miniature channels. Particularly, her team has proposed new techniques for effective mixing, droplet generation, and assembly of micro- and nano-sized neutral particles at fluid-fluid interfaces into two-dimensional arrays (monolayers). While many others use passive methods such as altered geometries to achieve some of these goals, the group uses mostly active techniques, particularly external electric fields. The tools used to study such systems are theoretical, numerical and experimental, taking into account the strongly coupled multiphysics involved particularly at the boundary between fluid dynamics and electrostatics.
Selected PublicationsRecent journal articles only
• Chabreyrie, R., Chandre, C. and Aubry, N. Complete chaotic mixing in an electro-osmotic channel by destabilization of key periodic orbits, Physics of Fluids 23, 072002, 2011.
• Janjua, M. and Nudurupati, S., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Electric field induced self-assembly of micro- and nanoparticles of various shapes at two-fluid interfaces, Electrophoresis 32, 518-526, 2011.
• Singh, P., Joseph, D.D. and Aubry, N. Dispersion and attraction of particles floating on fluid-liquid surfaces, Soft Matter 6, 4310-4325, 2010.
• Jorgensen, B., Sorensen, J.N. and Aubry, N. Control of vortex breakdown in a closed cylinder with a rotating lid, 2010, Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics 24, 483-496, 2010.
• Hwang, K., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Destabilization of Pickering emulsions using external electric fields, Electrophoresis 31, 850-859, 2010.
• Lieber, S.C., Boudewijn, P.K., Aubry, N., Vatner, S.F. and Gaussin, V. Design of a miniature tissue culture system to culture mouse heart valves, Annals of Biomedical Engineering 38, 674-682, 2010.
• Janjua, M. and Nudurupati, S., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Effect of parameters on redistribution and removal of particles from drop surfaces, Soft Matter 6, 1157-1169, 2010.
• Chabreyrie, R., Vainchtein, D., Chandre, C., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Using resonances for the control of chaotic mixing within a translating and rotating droplet, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 15, 2124-2132, 2010.
• Nudurupati, S., Janjua, M., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Electrohydrodynamic removal of particles from drop surfaces, Physical Review E 80, 010402(R), 2009.
• Aubry, N. Simple recipe for electroosmotic mixing in microchannels, in Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies, eds. K.E. Herold & A. Rasooly, Horizon Scientific Press, UK, p. 201-209, 2009.
• Janjua, M., Nudurupati, S., Fischer, I., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Electric field induced alignment and self-assembly of rods on fluid-fluid interfaces, Mechanics Research Communications 36, 55-64, 2009.
• Chabreyrie, R., Vainchtein, D., Chandre, C., Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Using resonances for the control of chaotic mixing within a translating and rotating droplet, Mechanics Research Communications 36, 130-136, 2009.
• Uguz, A.K. and Aubry, N. Quantifying the linear instability of a flowing electrified two-fluid layer in a channel for fast electric times, Physics of Fluids 20, 092103, 2008.
• Lieber, S.C., Qiu, H., Chen, L., Shen, Y.T., Hong, C., Hunter, W.C., Aubry, N., Vatner, S.F. and Vatner, D.E. Cardiac dysfunction in aging conscious rats: Altered cardiac cytoskeletal proteins as a potential mechanism, The American Journal of Physiology - Heart Circ. Physiol. 295, 860-866, 2008.
• Aubry, N. and Singh, P. Physics underlying controlled self-assembly of micro and nanoparticles at a two-fluid interface using an electric field, Physical Review E 77, 056302, 2008.
• Aubry, N., Singh, P., Janjua, M. and Nudurupati, S., Micro- and nanoparticles self-assembly for virtually defect-free, adjustable monolayers, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS) 105, 3711-3714, 2008. (Featured in the Volume Preface.)
• Uguz, A.K., Ozen, O. and Aubry, N. Electric field effect on a two-fluid interface instability in channel flow for fast electric times, Physics of Fluids 20, 031702, 2008.
• Chabreyrie, R., D. Vainchtein, C. Chandre, Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Tailored mixing inside a translating droplet, Physical Review E 77, 036314, 2008.
• Nudurupati, S., Janjua, M., Aubry, N. and Singh, P. Concentrating particles on drop surfaces using external electric fields, Electrophoresis 29, 1164-1172, 2008. (Featured on Volume Cover.)
• Li, F., Ozen, O., Aubry, N., Papageorgiou, D. and Petropoulos, P., Linear instability of a two-fluid interface for electro-hydrodynamic mixing in a channel, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 583, 347-377, 2007.
• Jin, Q., Verdier, C., Singh, P., Aubry, N., Chotard-Ghodsnia, R. and Duperray, A. Migration and deformation of leukocytes in pressure driven flows, Mechanics Research Communications, 34, 411-422, 2007.
• Singh, P. and Aubry, N. Transport and deformation of droplets in a microdevice using dielectrophoresis, Electrophoresis, 29 (4), 644-657, 2007. (Featured on Volume Cover.)
• Pillapakkam, S., Singh, P., Blackmore, D. and Aubry, N. Transient and steady state of a rising bubble in a viscoelastic fluid, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 589, 215-252, 2007.
• Nudurupati, S.C., Aubry, N. and Singh, P. Electrohydrodynamics of yeast cells in traveling electric fields, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 39, 3425-3439, 2006.
• Ozen, O., Aubry, N., Papageorgiou, D. and Petropoulos, P., Monodisperse drop formation in square microchannels, Physical Review Letters, 96, 144501, 2006.
• Aubry, N. and Singh. P., Control of electrostatic particle-particle interactions in dielectrophoresis, Euro Physics Letters, 74, 623-629, 2006. (Featured on Journal Promotional Materials and Covers.)
• Goullet, A., Glasgow, I.K. and Aubry, N., Effects of microchannel geometry on pulsed flow mixing, Mechanics Research Communications, 33, 739-746, 2006.
• Ben-Abdallah, P, Ni, B., Ould El Moctar, A., Aubry, N. and Singh, P., Tunneling control of neutral particles in suspension in nanofluidic flow, Journal of Applied Physics, 99, 094303, 2006.
• Ozen, O., Aubry, N., Papageorgiou, D. and Petropoulos, P., Electrohydrodynamic linear stability of two immiscible fluids in channel flow, Electrochimica Acta, 51, 11425, 2006.
• Aubry, N. and Singh, P., Influence of particle-particle interactions and particle rotational motions in traveling wave dielectrophoresis, Electrophoresis, 27, 703-715, 2006.
• Kadaksham, J., Singh, P. and Aubry, N., Manipulation of particles using dielectrophoresis, Mechanics Research Communications, 33, 108-122, 2006.
• Kadaksham, J., Singh, P. and Aubry, N., Dielectrophoresis induced clustering regimes of viable yeast cells, in Microfluidic Applications in Biology, eds. Niels Lion, Joel Rossier and Hubert Girault, Wiley, 2006. (Also published in the journal Electrophoresis.)