There are a number of events that will be held in conjunction with DFD 2017. Information will be added here as it becomes available.

These events required registration in advance unless otherwise indicated.

Ticket holders for these events have 5 minutes from published start time to check-in or lose their seat. Those who were unable to secure tickets should go directly to the event to check for availability.

All free events are now full, however you can ask to be put on an event waitlist here.

DFD & APS Sponsored Events

Persuasion for Women: Success in Meetings and Negotiations

Saturday November 18,  15:00 – 17:00
Hyatt Regency Denver  Limited to 30 attendees: sign up during registration to be guaranteed a spot.

Sponsored by: APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and the National Science Foundation
Organized by: Kathy Prestridge, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Too often, women neglect to ask for the raises and resources they need to do their best work. This workshop is designed to give women graduate students and postdocs in physics and related fields the professional skills they need to:

  • negotiate a job offer
  • interact positively on teams, including with a mentor or advisor
  • articulate goals and think tactically about how to achieve them
  • enhance their personal presence during negotiations
  • develop alliances

This will be a highly interactive workshop in which we discuss specific negotiation strategies and tactics that are useful for achieving professional goals. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of difficult professional situations to discuss. This workshop is funded by the American Physical Society (Committee on the Status of Women in Physics) and the National Science Foundation.

Workshop leaders: Karen Daniels (NC State University), Kathy Prestridge (LANL).

Young Investigator Workshop

Sunday November 19, 12:35- 13:25
Hyatt Regency Denver

Sponsored by: Colorado State University and University of Colorado, Boulder
Organized by: John Crimaldi, University of Colorado, Boulder and Karan Venayagamoorthy, Colorado State University

Directors from governmental agencies, e.g., NSF, AFOSR, and ONR will lead a luncheon discussion on their funding awards programs for early career researchers. To attend this free workshop/lunch, attendees must be registered for the DFD meeting and be eligible for at least one of the awards. Space is limited and attendees are required to sign up in advance during registration. Eligibility requirements and additional information on the CAREER Program and the Young Investigator Programs can be found at and Lunch will be served.

Fluids Education Lunch

Sunday November 19, 12:35- 13:25
Hyatt Regency Denver

Sponsored by: DFD Education and Outreach Committee
Organized by: Randall Tagg, University of Colorado, Denver

Lunch will be served to preregistered participants, but all are welcome.

During the Fluids Education lunch we will identify a series of technical competencies that students need to pursue fluid dynamics research. This includes, for example, the experimental realization of pumping and flow control systems, methods of flow visualization, and flow parameter measurement via techniques like Laser Doppler Velocimetry. Competencies in computational and analytical methods may also be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on how to affordably and flexibly deliver and evaluate these competencies on an individual basis and in courses.

All the Faces of Fluid Dynamics

Sunday November 19, 12:35-14:05  Note that this 90 minute event extends beyond the lunch period.
Hyatt Regency Denver

Sponsored by: The Media and Science Relations Committee
Organized by: David Hu, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lunch will be served to the first 50 preregistered participants, but all are welcome.

Three junior faculty from diverse backgrounds will talk about their personal experiences as scientists in an increasingly diverse community. Virginia Tech mechanical engineer Sunny Jung discusses working with children with disabilities. University of Utah chemical engineer Tony Butterfield speaks on LGBTQ+ Equality.  Michigan Tech mechanical engineer Hassan Massoud speaks on his experiences with immigration. The event will be emceed by David Hu (Georgia Institute of Technology) and David Saintillan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).  We will have 30 minutes of informal talks, 30 minutes of question and answer period, and 30 minutes of mingling.  The audience will learn about how to recognize stereotypes and unconscious bias in their everyday lives, and how to react to them.  This workshop will help to give under-represented members of APS a safe place where their voice can be heard.

APS/DFD Conference Reception

Sunday November 19, 19:00 – 21:30
Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1 block from the Colorado Convention Center)

This year the DFD Conference Reception will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House which is one block from the Colorado Convention Center and a short walking distance. Originally, the building was a multi-purpose structure accommodating concerts, operas, theatrical shows, conventions, basketball, auto shows and even circuses, with flags flying from its domes and light bulbs outlining its pediments, cornice, and corners. The historic shell of the old Auditorium Theatre was rebuilt in 2005 and named the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, honoring “Denver’s First Lady of Opera”. In addition to the main hall, the building has been beautifully restored offering many open spaces and areas for gathering and conversing for an evening reception. Several entertainments are planned. This is always a great way to catch up with others in the field and make new connections.

The reception is included in the registration fee for those who register as APS Members, Nonmembers, Graduate Students, and Retired Members. Undergraduate students and guests may purchase tickets for $100.

Women in Fluids Networking Lunch

Monday November 20, 12:55-13:45
Hyatt Regency Denver

Sponsored by: The Division of Fluid Dynamics and the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
Organized by: Nathalie Vriend, University of Cambridge

Networking lunch for female students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and professionals.

Student Lunch

Monday November 20, 12:55-13:45
Hyatt Regency Denver

Sponsored by: University of Colorado, Boulder
Organized by: Tadd Truscott, Utah State University

Students attending the meeting can participate in an informal discussion with an expert on various topics. Sign up and select your table during registration.

Table 1. Scott Morris, University of Notre Dame. Balancing fundamental & applied research
Table 2. Douglas Neal, LaVision Inc. The best laid plans… Maintaining a research career once you leave campus
Table 3. Lou Cattafesta, Florida State University. Active flow control career opportunities.
Table 4. Arvind Santhanakrishan, Oklahoma State University. Fluid-structure interaction in biological systems or: How I learned to stop worrying and love biology as an engineer.
Table 5. Sigurdur Thoroddsen, KAUST. Following the opportunities: Multi-continent career paths in experimental fluid mechanics.
Table 6. Tedd Heindel, Iowa State University. The ubiquity of multiphase flows.
Table 7. Philippe Lavoie, University of Toronto. Starting out as a Professor: the transition from high performer to manager.
Table 8. Serhiy Yarusevych, University of Waterloo. Embarking on an academic career: What one needs to know.
Table 9. Julie Crockett, Brigham Young University. Defining specific research topics for your careers: knowing when to keep pushing and when to move on.
Table 10. Barton Smith, Utah State University. Finding a niche.
Table 11. Nicole Sharp, FYFD. Communicating fluid physics to the public (and your fellow scientists).
Table 12. Stephane Dorbolo, University of Liége. Always look on the bright side of life.
Table 13. David Hu, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology. How to survive winning an Ig Nobel Prize.
Table 14. Yoshiyuki Tagawa, University of Tokyo. International academic life between Japan and Europe.

Meet the Physical Review Journal Editors’ Reception

Monday November 20, 18:45 – 20:00
Colorado Convention Center, Lobby D

(Registration is NOT required for this event)

The Physical Review journal editors invite you to join them in conversation and refreshments.  The editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments you may have about the journals.  All are welcome.

APS/DFD Closing Reception and Prize Drawing

Tuesday November 21, 15:30 – 16:15
Colorado Convention Center, Lobby D

(Registration is NOT required for this event)

Please join us for a closing reception at the conclusion of the last sessions on Tuesday. Attendees who stay for the last talk in each session will receive a complementary drink ticket redeemable at the reception and a drawing entry. The drawing prize will be awarded at the reception. Prizes are yet to be determined but may include a Fitbit Blaze, an iPad mini, or complimentary registration for next year’s DFD meeting.

Other Events of Interest

LaVision Tomographic PIV One-Day Workshop

Saturday November 18, 09:00 – 16:00

Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall F-G, Level 3

Contact:  Callum Gray, PhD, 734-485-0913,

How to register

The one-day workshop will cover the principles of Tomographic PIV and Volumetric Lagrangian Particle Tracking (Shake the Box (STB)) along with practical considerations in their implementation.  Imaging theory that relates measurement volume to working distance and aperture will be examined along with methods used to determine optimum seeding density and spatial velocity resolution.  Volume self-calibration and reconstruction algorithms will be presented along with a discussion of advanced processing techniques such as sequential motion tracking enhancement (SMTE).  3D cross correlation, velocity extraction and data post processing will also be covered.  Practical considerations and best practices acquired from a range of application areas will be discussed along with presentation of a range of measurement covering a range of fluid dynamic phenomena.  Recommendations for designing a volumetric PIV experiment will be presented with ample time for discussions about individual applications during the breaks and immediately after the conclusion of the course.

Complimentary breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided and ample time for group discussion will be available through the day and at the end of the formal presentations.  If you have Tomographic PIV results from your own work and would like to participate please contact to discuss inclusion in the workshop.

Breakfast will be available from 8:15am until 9:00am when the workshop begins with lunch around noon. Refreshments will be served at the morning and afternoon breaks.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) Reception

Monday, 20 November, 19:00 – 20:30

Hyatt Regency, Location TBD

Join an open reception for alumni and friends of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program.  This program is an interdisciplinary summer program for graduate students held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute since. 1959.  The purpose of the reception is to bring them together, along with any other interested parties.  Information on how to participate in the program will be provided.