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Computational Fluid Dynamics Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is available, in principle, to all graduate students in engineering, mathematics and the physical and biological sciences. CFD is an integral part of fluid dynamics, often the only available methodology available to analyze certain fluid behaviors, from sub-micro scales to intergalactic cosmological distances.

CFD is highly interdisciplinary and areas of current interest include aerodynamics (e.g. airplane design and race car modeling), flows in porous materials (e.g. remediation of contaminated ground water and extraction of oil from marginal deposits) and combusting flows (e.g. for higher energy conversion efficiencies and less pollutant production). Thus, CFD has become an essential engineering tool in industrial environments ranging from aerospace to food preparation and pharmaceuticals.

Students must complete 12 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to earn the CFD certificate. Course work is selected from three categories:

  • basic mathematics/numerical analysis
  • specific CFD and CFD related courses
  • independent studies and “Topics” courses in closely related fields.

A minimum of one course must be selected from category i), and a minimum of two courses must come from the second category. One course will be permitted from category iii) but is not required.

For more information, please contact  the director of the CFD graduate certificate, Alexandre Martin at