Christopher White

Department Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Phone: (603) 862-1495
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm S254, Durham, NH 03824
Chris White

Prof. White joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department late in the 2006-2007 academic year. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2001-2004. Following his post-doctoral work, he joined Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Combustion Research Facility. His principal duties at Sandia included lead investigator in the Advanced Hydrogen Fueled Engine Laboratory.

Prof. White teaches ME 646 – Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis and will teach courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer and experimental methods in engineering.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Yale University
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York

Courses Taught

  • ME 503: Thermodynamics
  • ME 608: Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 627: Dynamics
  • ME 755: Senior Design Project I
  • ME 797: Honors Seminar
  • ME 910: Turbulence
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Romero, S., Zimmerman, S., Philip, J., White, C., & Klewicki, J. (2022). Properties of the inertial sublayer in adverse pressure-gradient turbulent boundary layers. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 937. doi:10.1017/jfm.2022.6

Wengrove, M. E., Ebadi, A., White, C. M., & Foster, D. L. (2020). Evaluation of the momentum integral method to determine the wall skin friction in separated flows. EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 61(12). doi:10.1007/s00348-020-03065-8

Montemuro, B., White, C. M., Klewicki, J. C., & Chini, G. P. (2020). A self-sustaining process theory for uniform momentum zones and internal shear layers in high Reynolds number shear flows. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 901. doi:10.1017/jfm.2020.517

Ebadi, A., Bautista, J. C. C., White, C. M., Chini, G., & Klewicki, J. (2020). A heat transfer model of fully developed turbulent channel flow. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 884. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.1006

Ebadi, A., White, C. M., Pond, I., & Dubief, Y. (2019). Mean dynamics and transition to turbulence in oscillatory channel flow. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 880, 864-889. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.706

White, C. M., & Mungal, M. G. (2008). Mechanics and prediction of turbulent drag reduction with polymer additives. ANNUAL REVIEW OF FLUID MECHANICS, 40, 235-256. doi:10.1146/annurev.fluid.40.111406.102156

White, C. M., Steeper, R. R., & Lutz, A. E. (2006). The hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine: a technical review. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, 31(10), 1292-1305. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2005.12.001

Dubief, Y., White, C. M., Terrapon, V. E., Shaqfeh, E. S. G., Moin, P., & Lele, S. K. (2004). On the coherent drag-reducing and turbulence-enhancing behaviour of polymers in wall flows. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 514, 271-280. doi:10.1017/S0022112004000291

White, C. M., Somandepalli, V. S. R., & Mungal, M. G. (2004). The turbulence structure of drag-reduced boundary layer flow. EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS, 36(1), 62-69. doi:10.1007/s00348-003-0630-0

Sreenivasan, K. R., & White, C. M. (2000). The onset of drag reduction by dilute polymer additives, and the maximum drag reduction asymptote. JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, 409, 149-164. doi:10.1017/S0022112099007818

Most Cited Publications