Transport Phenomena is ubiquitous to many activities relating to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, biological and materials sciences, as well as space technology. For scientific progress new areas, interdisciplinary research is now necessary to take on the challenges of diverse scientific problems. The vast base of knowledge that encompasses such activities has further necessitated that we share our individual expertise across traditional scientific boundaries, and initiate projects based on our collective knowledge and experience. With the broad goal of furthering such scientific research, we are continuing with this series of conferences where we shall dedicate our efforts to share ideas for healthy new research programs.
In order to tackle the challenges of interdisciplinary research in Transport Phenomena, we require active interaction in forums where scientists with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise may identify current issues and contribute new ideas. Besides having interaction amongst individuals with diverse scientific backgrounds, we need the willingness to experiment with new and unorthodox ideas, together with the adaptive ability to handle new types of problems. We believe that recognition of the new challenges through interdisciplinary activity and pursuit of ideas across traditional disciplines would provide strength to research in Transport Phenomena. It is indeed the intention of the organizers of the ITP (Interdisciplinary Transport Phenomena) Conference Series to be a set of forums to stimulate intense discussions that may lead to a better understanding of the scientific principles that apply to cross-disciplinary research. While we recognize the basic similarities of various types of Transport Phenomena, we are in need for scientific interaction to identify areas to which our expertise can be broadened to apply across disciplines. Besides maintaining this theme, we need to provide the scientific community with an avenue for dissemination of their research results. We are grateful to all of the participants who have expended a great deal of time and effort in putting together high-quality scientific papers.
Our sincere thanks go to our respective institutions for lending the support for this conference, and particularly the University of Southern California (USC) and Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) as the sponsors. We are very grateful to members of the Local Organizing Committee for putting in enormous amounts of time and energy in getting this conference to where it is now.
The conference organizing committee is grateful to various members of the scientific committee who have provided valuable help in getting this conference organized. Thanks are also due to Ashok Sangani and Sumanta Acharya for coordinating financial support from the US National Science Foundation.
We can indeed look forward to a successful conference.
Satwindar Singh Sadhal,
Chair & Scientific Secretary (
Cornelia Breitkopf, Co-Chair and Local Host (Germany)
David M. Eckmann,