William Saric

University Distinguished Professor

George Eppright '26 Chair in Engineering

William Saric

Office: HRBB 602C
Phone: 979.862.1749
Fax: 979.845.6051
Email: saric@tamu.edu

Research Interests

  • Wind-tunnel and flight experiments in the areas of boundary-layer stability and transition
  • Laminar flow control
  • Low-Reynolds-number aerodynamics
  • Networks
  • Theoretical and computational studies in hydrodynamic stability
  • Nonlinear waves
  • Stratified fluids
  • Taylor-Gortler vortices
  • Flight measurements of air quality

Awards & Honors

  • 2006 - Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2006 - Member, The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas
  • 2005 - Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • 2005 - MMAE Department, IIT Alumni Recognition Award
  • 2003 - AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award
  • 1996 - NATO (AGARD) Scientific Achievement Award
  • 1993 - G.I. Taylor Medal, Society of Engineering Science
  • 1993 - Life Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 1982 - Fellow, American Physical Society (APS)


  • PhD Mechanics, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1968
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1965
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 1963

Selected Publications

Saric WS. 1986 Visualization of Different Transition Mechanisms. Phys. Fluids. 29:2770

Reed HL, Saric WS. 1989 Stability of Three-Dimensional Boundary Layers. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 21:235-84

Saric WS. 1994 Görtler Vortices. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 26:379-409

Reed HL, Saric WS, Arnal D. 1996 Linear Stability Theory Applied to Boundary Layers. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 28:389-428

Saric WS, Reed HL, Kerschen EJ. 2002 Boundary-Layer Receptivity to Freestream Disturbances. Ann. Rev. Fluid Mech. 34:291-319

Saric WS, Carpenter AL, Reed HL. 2011 Passive control of transition in three-dimensional boundary layers, with emphasis on discrete roughness elements. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 369 (1940):1352-64; April 2011

Saric WS. 2007 Boundary-Layer Stability and Transition. Springer Handbook of Experimental Fluid Mechanics Springer-Verlag Berlin-Heidelberg, Ed: C. Tropea, A. Yarin, J. Foss. Chap C.12, pp 886-96

Saric WS, Carrillo RB, Reibert, MS. 1998 Nonlinear Stability and Transition in 3-D Boundary Layers. Meccanica 33:469-87

Benmalek A, Saric WS. 1994 Effects of Curvature Variations on the Nonlinear Evolution of Görtler Vortices. Phys. Fluids 6(10):3353-67

Saric WS, Nayfeh AH, Lekoudis SG. 1976 Experiments on the Stability of Liquid Films Adjacent to Supersonic Boundary Layers. J. Fluid Mech. 77:63 87