William Liou

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William Liou
Chair and Professor
(269) 276-3430
F-234 Floyd Hall, Mail Stop 5343
Mailing address: 
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5343 USA
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. Aeronautical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Teaching interests: 
  • Aerodynamics
  • Bio-, micro- and computation fluid dynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Thermodynamics
Research interests: 
  • Computational Biofluid Mechanics of Cerebrospinal and Cardiovascular Flow Systems
  • Stability, Transition, and Turbulent Flow Simulations
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics

Dr. WIlliam Liou is chair of Western Michigan University's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he oversees the academic and research activities of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students.  He is the founding director of Western's Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation and the CAViDS Hybrid Electric Applied Research Lab. A prolific researcher, Liou has secured numerous funded research projects and his work has appeared in hundreds of technical reports, publications, book chapters and conference presentations. Prior to joining WMU in 1997, he was a senior research associate at the Institute for Computational Mechanics in Propulsion at NASA's Glenn Research Center. 

Liou has received numerous honors, including the following:

  • Western Michigan University Excellence in Discovery (2015 and 2016)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, 2012.
  • Western Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Scholar, 2009.
  • National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs Award of Excellence, 2004.
  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

He has served as an editor of International Journal of Aerospace Engineering and Journal of Cardiovascular Disorders.

Details on Liou's academic and research activities are available in his CV.