G. M. "Bud" Homsy received his B.S. at UC Berkeley, his MS/PhD at the University of Illinois, and had a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at Imperial College, London. Professor Homsy joined Stanford’s Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 1970, where he taught for 30 years before joining the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara in 2001. He joined the Mathematics Department at the University of British Columbia in 2011 and served as Deputy Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences until his retirement in 2013. He is currently an Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington and teaches part time.
Professor Homsy’s field of research is fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, and he has published over 150 papers in the lead journals in the field. He has made contributions in the areas of stability of time dependent flows; flow through porous media, including pore level modeling and viscous fingering; thermal convection; fluid-particle systems, including fluidized beds and suspensions; interfacial flows, including Marangoni flows, coating flows, electrohydrodynamics, and contact line dynamics; and non-Newtonian flows.
Professor Homsy has held many professional positions, including Vice-Chair and Chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Department Chair at Stanford on two occasions, Department Chair at UCSB, Director of IMMS at UCSB, and Deputy Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at UBC. He has held Associate Editorships of SIAM J. Applied Math, Int. J. Multiphase Flow, and Physics of Fluids. His honors include Fellow of the APS, Bing Fellow at Stanford, Midwest Mechanics Speaker, Talbot Lecturer at UIUC, the Batchelor Visitor at DAMTP, Cambridge and an honorary doctorate from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse. He was the Principal Investigator for the production of "Multimedia Fluid Mechanics", Cambridge, (2001) and its second edition (2008). He is the recipient of the APS Fluid Dynamics Prize for 2004, and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006.