David Saintillan is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.S. in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, France, in 2001, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2006. He then worked as a Junior Research Scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University before joining the University of Illinois in 2008. He was the recipient of the Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society in 2007. His research focuses on complex fluids, biophysical fluid dynamics, and electrokinetics.
Direct measurements show that the fluid flow around swimming microorganisms is more complex than previously thought, with important implications for how they interact and behave.