Gregory Chini

Co-Director of Integrated Applied Mathematics
Phone: (603) 862-2633
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W113, Durham, NH 03824
Gregory P. Chini

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1999
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1996
B.S., Aerospace Engineering (with Highest Distinction), University of Virginia, 1993

Prof. Greg Chini joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at UNH in 1999. Since then, Prof. Chini has also worked as a visiting researcher in the Division of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology and in the Theoretical Mechanics Division of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Nottingham University (UK). He is a regular participant in the Annual Woods Hole Summer Program in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.

Prof. Chini teaches undergraduate courses in Fluid Dynamics (ME 608) and Thermodynamics (ME 503) along with several advanced fluid dynamics and applied mathematics courses, including Waves in Fluids (ME 7/812), Viscous Flow (ME 909), and Asymptotic Methods (IAM 940). In 2007, Prof. Chini was appointed founding Co-Director of the CEPS Ph.D. Program in Integrated Applied Mathematics.

Research Areas

Prof. Chini's research interests are in the allied fields of fluid dynamics and physical applied mathematics. His research involves the mathematical modeling of geophysical, environmental, biological and industrial flows. The existence and stability of coherent features (e.g. nonlinear waves, vortices, plumes, and boundary layers) in such flows are of particular interest. Using hybrid analytical-numerical techniques (e.g. asymptotic, variational, and spectral methods), he aims to develop simplified models of complex fluid-mechanical systems; these models are used for identifying key physical processes and for purposes of prediction, design, and control. His specific areas of interest include:

Geophysical (especially Oceanographic), Environmental, Biological and Industrial Fluid Dynamics
Mathematical Modeling, Asymptotic and Variational Analysis, Bifurcation Theory, Physical Applied Mathematics, Numerical Solution of PDEs
Nonlinear Dynamics, Optimal Transport, and Mixing in Turbulent Convection and Boundary Layers
Elasto-Capillary Phenomena in Biology and Soft Matter, Pulmonary Alveolar Mechanics.

For more information, please see the Integrated Applied Mathematics web page.


  • Ph.D., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • M.S., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, Cornell University
  • B.S., AerospaceAero&AstornauticalEng, University of Virginia

Courses Taught

  • IAM 940: Asymptotic&Perturbation Methds
  • ME 503: Thermodynamics
  • ME 712: Waves in Fluids
  • ME 909: Viscous Flow
  • ME 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Michel, G., & Chini, G. P. (2019). Strong wave–mean-flow coupling in baroclinic acoustic streaming. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 858, 536-564. doi:10.1017/jfm.2018.785

Hewitt, D. R., Chini, G. P., & Neufeld, J. A. (2018). The influence of a poroelastic till on rapid subglacial flooding and cavity formation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 855, 1170-1207. doi:10.1017/jfm.2018.624

Wen, B., & Chini, G. P. (2018). Reduced modeling of porous media convection in a minimal flow unit at large Rayleigh number. Journal of Computational Physics, 371, 551-563. doi:10.1016/

Wen, B., & Chini, G. P. (2018). Inclined porous medium convection at large Rayleigh number. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 837, 670-702. doi:10.1017/jfm.2017.863

Chini, G. P., Montemuro, B., White, C. M., & Klewicki, J. (2017). A self-sustaining process model of inertial layer dynamics in high Reynolds number turbulent wall flows. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375(2089), 20160090. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0090

Hamlington, P. E., Van Roekel, L. P., Fox-Kemper, B., Julien, K., & Chini, G. P. (2014). Langmuir–Submesoscale Interactions: Descriptive Analysis of Multiscale Frontal Spindown Simulations. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44(9), 2249-2272. doi:10.1175/jpo-d-13-0139.1

Hassanzadeh, P., Chini, G. P., & Doering, C. R. (2014). Wall to wall optimal transport. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 751, 627-662. doi:10.1017/jfm.2014.306

Wen, B., Chini, G. P., Dianati, N., & Doering, C. R. (2013). Computational approaches to aspect-ratio-dependent upper bounds and heat flux in porous medium convection. Physics Letters A, 377(41), 2931-2938. doi:10.1016/j.physleta.2013.09.009

Marston, J. B., Chini, G. P., & Tobias, S. M. (n.d.). Generalized Quasilinear Approximation: Application to Zonal Jets. Physical Review Letters, 116(21). doi:10.1103/physrevlett.116.214501

Beaume, C., Chini, G. P., Julien, K., & Knobloch, E. (n.d.). Reduced description of exact coherent states in parallel shear flows. Physical Review E, 91(4). doi:10.1103/physreve.91.043010

Most Cited Publications