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Room: 1254
Mechanical Engineering
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 265-2579
dressler@wisc.edu

Primary Affiliation:
Mechanical Engineering

Profile Summary

In 1987, riblets on the America's Cup boat Stars and Stripes inspried Dressler's life-long fascination with fluid mechanics. Along the way, he spent many years rowing, sailing, coaching rowing, teaching sailing, teaching mathematics and finally, back to teaching Mechanical Engineering. After giving up competitive rowing and sailing, he took up sea kayaking, which helped shift his research interests from wall shear in turbulent boundary layers (drag) to a study of two-phase annular flow (waves and wave break-ups) albeit scaled down to 100 microns. 

Dressler's fundamental goal in teaching, both mathematics and engineering, is to make connections from the mathematics, physics and engineering theories to the natural and technological wonders of every day life. 

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