Yun (Tom) Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Yun (Tom) Liu


Dr. Yun Liu obtained his PhD from Purdue University, West Lafayette, in 2016 and joined Purdue Northwest as an Assistant Professor in 2017.

Select Publications

1. Y Wu, Y Liu, S Shao, J Hong. On the internal flow of a ventilated supercavity. J. Fluid Mechanics, 862, 1135-1165, 2019

2. A Balakrishna, S Shao, Y Liu, J Hong. Effect of Cavitator Geometry on the Ventilation Demand to Form and Sustain a Ventilated Supercavity. arXiv preprint arXiv:1903.10021. 2019

3. T Dasari, W Yu, Y Liu, J Hong. Near-wake behavior of a utility-scale wind turbine. J. Fluid Mechanics 859, 204-246 2019

4. M Heisel, T Dasari, Y Liu, J Hong, F Coletti, M Guiala. The spatial structure of the logarithmic region in very-high-Re rough wall turbulent boundary layers. J. Fluid Mechanics, 857, 704-747 2018

5. B Li, L Wang, Y Liu, J Liu. Drag distribution of non-uniform building from surface pressure measurements in wind tunnel. Building and Environment. 143, 618-631, 2018

6. Y Liu, J Roll, S.M. Van Kootan, X Deng. Schlieren photography on freely flying hawkmoth. Biology letters 14(5), 2018

7. Y Liu, B Cheng, S P. Sane, X Deng. Aerodynamics of dynamic wing deflection in translating wings. Experiments in Fluids 56:131,2015

8. B Cheng, J Roll, Y Liu, DR Troolin, X Deng. Three-dimensional vortex wake structure of flapping wings in hovering flight. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11 (91), 20130984, 2014

9. Y Liu, B Cheng, X Deng. An application of smoke-wire visualization on a hovering insect wing. Journal of Visualization, 16(3), 185-187, 2013

10. Y Liu, B Cheng, G Barbera, DR Troolin, X Deng. Volumetric Visualization of the near – and far – field wake in flapping wings. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 8 036010, 2013

11. N Hao, Y Liu, J Wang, WC Yang, JM Yang. Low speed wind tunnel experiments on an oblique wing. Acta Aerodynamica Sinica.3, 2013

12. Y Liu, WC Yang, JM Yang. A visualization study of the near-wall behaviors of an oblique plate at different angles of attack. Journal of visualization 14 (2), 141-148, 2011

Why I became an engineer…

I was fascinated by the airplanes, space shuttles and rockets when I was young and this simple interest and curiosity naturally guided me to do many things related to engineering and finally to choose to study and work in engineering.

What engineers can do to make a difference…

In my opinion, the challenges in this century is quite different from before, the problems/challenges today are more complex and sophisticated. Most problems are coupled with topics not limited to engineering but might also include biology, psychology and so forth. So to be engineers today we have to have abilities to work with other people from different backgrounds and have to have an open mind to learn and appreciate knowledge outside of engineering.

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Meet Professor Liu

Yun (Tom) Liu


(219) 785-5381

Office Location:

Westville Campus, TECH 010


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Purdue University, West Lafayette 2016
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering University of Science and Technology of China 2011
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering University of Science and Technology of China 2008

Areas of Expertise

  • Bio-fluid mechanics
  • Renewable energy
  • Three-dimensional flow measurement/visualization
  • Optical flow diagnostics
  • Multiphase flow

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • 2020 Proposal Submission Grant, Purdue University Northwest.
  • 2019 NSF-Major Research Instrument Grant.
  • 2019 Honorable Mention for Best Design Award, Global Space Balloon Challenge. (Club Supervisor)
  • 2018 Catalyst Grant Award ($7000), Purdue University Northwest.

Curriculum Vitae