Hans Mayer

 

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Hans Mayer

Assistant Professor
Director, Cal Poly Microfabrication Laboratory

 

Office: 13-244
Phone Number: 805-756-7901
Email: hmayer@calpoly.edu

Dr. Mayer is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He is a proud Cal Poly alumni, having graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2003, and is honored to be working alongside many of his former professors. Before his promotion to a tenure-track position, Dr. Mayer worked as a lecturer at Cal Poly from 2006-2009 and 2013-2019 teaching primarily in the ME department, but periodically teaching in the AERO, BMED, and MATE departments during those times. As of July 2019 he has served as the Director of the Cal Poly Microfabrication Laboratory, having first started working in the lab in 2007. Dr. Mayer also serves as the advisor to the Micro Systems Technology (MST) club at Cal Poly, and is a member of the CENG Safety Committee.  

Academic & Research Interests

  • fluid mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • turbomachinery
  • microfluidics
  • micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • microfabrication and semiconductor processing engineering
  • history of engineering and technology

 Education

  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, California, 2016
  • M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2005
  • B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 2003

Academic Experience

  • 2019 – Present: Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2013 – 2019: Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • 2006 – 2009: Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Current Membership in Professional Organizations

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • History & Heritage Committee participant
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Student Research Projects

Students interested in research opportunities should contact Prof. Mayer by email, scheduling a meeting through Outlook, or stopping by office hours. Please be prepared to fill out a short survey and provide a copy of your current resume.

Peer-Reviewed Publications (Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings)

  • H.C. Mayer, "Bottle Emptying: A Fluid Mechanics and Measurements Exercise for Engineering Undergraduate Students", Fluids b (4) October 2019 (Article Number: 0404183) 
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., “Flat Plate Impact on Water”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 850, September 2018, pp. 1066-1116.
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., "Liquid Film Dewetting Induced by Impulsive Joule Heating", Physical Review Fluids 2, 094003 (2017).
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., “Singular Structures on Liquid Rims”, Physics of Fluids 26, 032109 (2014).
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., “The Nature of Chemical Reaction-Driven Tip-Streaming”, Journal of Applied Physics 113, 174907 (2013).
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., “Walking with Coffee: Why Does It Spill?”, Phys. Rev. E 85, 046117 (2012).
  • Mayer H.C. and Krechetnikov R., “Landau-Levich Flow Visualization: Revealing the Flow Topology Responsible for the Film Thickening Phenomena”, Physics of Fluids 24, 052103 (2012)
  • Anna S.L. and Mayer H.C., “Microscale Tipstreaming in a Microfluidic Flow Focusing Device”, Physics of Fluids 18 (12) December 2006 (Article Number: 121512).
  • R Savage, H Mayer, M Lewis, and DM Marrujo, “Utilizing Quantum Dots to Enhance Solar Spectrum Conversion Efficiencies for Photovoltaics”. Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1120, 2009 (Proceedings Number: 1120-M09-06). 
  • HC Mayer and SL Anna, “A Microfluidic Tensiometer”. Proceedings of the IMECE 2004, 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Nov 13-19, 2004 Anaheim CA (Proceedings Number: IMECE 2004-62096).

Conference Presentations

  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov, “Short Time Phenomena in the Water Impact Problem”, Presented at the 7th Annual Southern California Symposium on Flow Physics, April 13th, 2013.
  • HC Mayer and R. Krechetnikov, “Walking with Coffee: When and Why Coffee Spills”. Presented at the 6th Annual Southern California Symposium on Flow Physics, April 14th, 2012.
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov, “On the Evolution of a Retracting Straight Liquid Sheet Edge: Experimental Study”. Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 20-22, 2011.
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov, “Walking with Coffee: When and Why Coffee Spills”. Developed for the 64th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 20-22, 2011. Presentation given by R. Krechetnikov.
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov, “Flow Visualization of the Landau-Levich Problem”. Presented at the 5th Annual Southern California Symposium on Flow Physics, April 16th, 2011. 
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov, “On the True Nature of Chemical Reaction-Driven Tipstreaming”. Presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 21-23, 2010. 
  • HC Mayer, J Martyn, and R Krechetnikov, “Uniform Release of a Planar Soap Film via Film Boiling”. Presented at the 4th Annual Southern California Symposium on Flow Physics, April 17th, 2010. 
  • HC Mayer and SL Anna, “Observations of Tipstreaming in a Microfluidic Flow Focusing Device”. Presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 20-22, 2005.
  • HC Mayer and SL Anna, “Experimental Observations of Dynamic Surface Tension at Highly Curved Microfluidic Interfaces”. Presented at the 79th Colloids and Surface Sciences Symposium (American Chemical Society), June 13-15, 2005.
  • HC Mayer and SL Anna, “A Microfluidic Tensiometer”. Presented at the 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Nov 13-19, 2004.

Conference Posters and Videos

  • M Houlahan, HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov “Gallium Splash”. Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster #28, 64th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 20-22, 2011.
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov “The Life of a Free Soap Film”. Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster #72, 63rd Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 21-23, 2010.
  • R Diaz, HC Mayer, and R Krechetnikov “Flow Visualization of the Landau-Levich Problem”. Gallery of Fluid Motion Poster #73, 63rd Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 21-23, 2010.
  • HC Mayer and R Krechetnikov “The Life of a Free Soap Film”. Gallery of Fluid Motion Video #107, 63rd Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 21-23, 2010.
  • HC Mayer and SL Anna “Observations of Tipstreaming in a Microfluidic Flow Focusing Device”. Gallery of Fluid Motion Video #30, 58th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics (American Physical Society), November 20-22, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Engineering Student Council Outstanding Lecturer Award, Cal Poly SLO, June 2018
  • Nomination: SWE Most Supporting Professor Award, Cal Poly SLO, Dec 2017
  • Nomination: Don & Paula Heye Outstanding Teaching Award, Cal Poly SLO, Dec 2016
  • Recipient, UCSB GSA Excellence in Teaching Award (STEM Division) 2013, Honorable Mention
  • Recipient, UCSB Department of Mechanical Engineering Excellence Award 2011 - 2012
  • Recipient, Ig-Nobel Prize 2012 – Fluid Dynamics
  • Recipient, UCSB COE & ESC Outstanding TA Award (ME Dept.) 2010 - 2011
  • Co-recipient, UCSB Department of Mechanical Engineering Best TA Award 2009 - 2010
  • Recipient, UCSB Barpal Family Fellowship, 2009 – 2010, 2010 – 2011, 2011 – 2012
  • Participant, CSU Chancellors Doctoral Incentive Program, 2009 - 2013
  • Graduated Summa Cum Lauda, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly SLO, Summer 2003
  • Winner, Efficiency Class, National Hydropower Student Competition, Summer 2003

Office Hours for Winter 2020

DAYS TIME
Monday 2:00 PM-3:00 PM - 13-244
Tuesday 12:30 PM-2:30 PM - 13-244
Wednesday 3:00 PM-4:30 PM - 13-244 or Library 220A/C
Friday 12:30 PM-2:00 PM - 13-244 or Library 220A/C

 

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