Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Dept.
University of California Santa Barbara
Todd Squires earned dual B.S./B.A. degrees in Physics and Russian Literature at UCLA in 1995, then spent a year as a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge University, where he earned a distinction in Part III of the mathematics tripos in DAMTP. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2005 under the supervision of Michael Brenner and Howard Stone, on problems in colloidal hydrodynamics and electrokinetics. He then spent three years as a Lee A. Dubridge Prize Postdoctoral Fellow and NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech, where he continued theoretical work in electrokinetics and microfluidics, and initiated new studies of nonlinear microrheology with John Brady. He has been an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2005. He continues to investigate a range of topics in micro-scale fluid mechanics and transport, both experimentally and theoretically. Specific areas of interest include linear, nonlinear and interfacial microrheology, and theoretical, experimental and computational studies of electrokinetics and ion transport for flow manipulation, energy storage, and sample preconcentration. Honors include the NSF CAREER award, the Beckman Young Investigator, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, the Francois Frenkiel Award from the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, and the 2010 Allan P. Colburn Memorial Lectureship at the University of Delaware.