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 Adam M. Fincham


University of Southern California
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Los Angeles, California 90089-1191

RRB 107
Tel. (213) 740-5356
Fax. (213) 740-7774

Academic rank: Research Associate Professor, full-time


1994 Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics)
1991 M.S.A.E., Aerospace Engineering University of Southern California
1989 B.S.A.E., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California

USC Academic Positions:

2002-: Research Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Other Professional Positions:

1998-2004: Chargé de Recherche 1st Classe, LEGI-CNRS-INPG, Universite Joseph-Fourier, Grenoble, France
1995-1998: Chargé de Recherche 2ème Classe, LEGI-CNRS-INPG, Universite Joseph-Fourier, Grenoble, France

Research Interests:

Turbulence and vortex structures in stratified and/or rotating flows, advanced algorithms for Digital Particle Imaging Velocimetry, 3D Scanning Imaging Velocimetry, particle dynamics in turbulent flows with application to oceanic plankton ecosystems, sonic boom interactions with the ocean surface

Selected Publications:

A.M. Fincham and G. Delerce, "Advanced optimization of Correlation Imaging Velocimetry Algorithms," Exp. In Fluids 29, S13-22, 2000.
A.M. Fincham, "3 component, volumetric, time-resolved Scanning Correlation Imaging Velocimetry," Proc. 5th Inter. Symp. on Particle Image Velocimetry, Busan, Korea, pp. 2-16, 2003.
A.M. Fincham, G.R. Spedding, "Low cost high resolution DPIV for measurement in turbulent flows," Exp. in Fluids 23, pp. 449-462, 1997.
D. Codiga, D. Renouard, A.M. Fincham, "Experiments on waves trapped over the continental slope and shelf in a continuously stratified rotating ocean, and their incidence on a canyon," J. Mar. Res. 57, pp. 585-612, 1999.
G.R. Spedding, F.K. Browand, A.M. Fincham, "The structure and late time evolution of bluff body wakes in a stable stratification," J. Fluid Mech. 314, pp. 53-103, 1996.
A.M. Fincham, "Coherent vortex structures in stably stratified rotating fluids," Developments in Geophysical Turbulence, R. M. Kerr & Y. Kimura, eds., Proc. IUTAM Symp. Kluwer series Fluid Mechanics and its Applications, 2000.
A.M. Fincham, T. Maxworthy and G.R. Spedding, "The horizontal and vertical structure of the vorticity field in freely decaying stratified grid turbulence," Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans 23, pp. 155-169 1996.
O. Praud, A.M. Fincham and J. Sommeria, "Decaying grid turbulence in a strongly stratified fluid," J. Fluid Mech. 522, pp. 1-33, 2005.

Professional Societies:

American Physical Society
Acoustical Society of America
European Geophysical Society
American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards:

1986: Archimedes Circle Scholarship
1985-1987: Rockwell International Merit Award Scholarship
1988: International Academic Achievement Award. OISS
1989-1991: All University International Pre-Doctoral Merit Award Fellowship

Courses Taught:

AME 441ab, Aerospace Engineering Senior Lab
AME 441ab, Mechanical Engineering Senior Lab

Recent Professional Development Activities:

Scientific Advisory for International Symposium on Particle Imaging Velocimetry 2001, 2003, 2005

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