Dr Patrick HUERRE



  • 2012-present: Emeritus Director of Research (CNRS)

  • 2012-present: Member, Académie des sciences, Paris

  • 2015: Visiting Professor, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, UC Berkeley

  • 1991-2012: Director of Research (CNRS)

  • 1989-2012: Professeur de Mécanique, Ecole Polytechnique

  • 2003-2012: President, European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH)

  • 1999-2009: Associate-Editor, Journal of Fluid Mechanics

  • 1990-2008: Director of the Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX)

  • 1994-1998: Co-Editor-in Chief, European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids

  • 1978-1989: Assistant-, then Associate-, then Professor of Aerospace Engineering,
    University of Southern California

  • 1975-1978: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds

  • 1971-1975: Research Assistant, Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University



My research interests cover a wide variety of hydrodynamic instabilities and transition phenomena in shear flows. Main contributions include the effective use of absolute/convective instability concepts to rigorously distinguish between amplifiers and oscillators in fluid mechanics, the introduction of the notions of linear and nonlinear global mode to account for the dynamics of flow oscillators and the identification of super-directivity as a key mechanism for the production of sound in shear flows. I am presently investigating the local and global dynamics of buoyant jets and plumes, as well as the structure of critical layers in the generation of “zombie” vortices in astrophysical proto-planetary disks.



  • 1976: PhD in Aeronautical Sciences, Stanford University

  • 1971: Master of Science in Aeronautics, Stanford University

  • 1970: Ingénieur des Arts et Manufactures, Ecole Centrale Paris


Honors and Awards

  • 2012: The Laufer lecture, University of Southern California

  • 2010: Chevalier des Palmes Académiques

  • 2003: Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

  • 2002: Membre de l'Académie des sciences

  • 2002: Grand prix Lazare Carnot, Académie des sciences

  • 1998: The Batchelor lecture, University of Cambridge

  • 1993: Fellow of the American Physical Society

  • 1992: Prix Montyon, Académie des sciences

  • 1989: TRW Award for Teaching Excellence, Univ. Southern California


Selected Publications



E-mail : huerre@ladhyx.polytechnique.fr

Office tel : + 33 1 69 33 52 52

Address :

Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique (LadHyX)

CNRS - Ecole Polytechnique

F-91128 Palaiseau cedex France