Howard A. Stone

Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Office Phone
D326 Engineering Quad

B.S., University of California at Davis, 1982; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1988


Honors and Awards

  • American Philosophical Society, 2022
  • Royal Society of the United Kingdom, 2022
  • G.I. Taylor Medal, Society of Engineering Science, Madrid Spain, October 2018
  • 4th Annual Indira Foundation Distinguished Lecture, IIT Bombay, October 2017
  • Pearson Lectures, Department of Chemical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara, 2017
  • Elsevier Lecture in Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
  • William C. Reynolds Memorial Seminar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2017
  • President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2017
  • Fluid Dynamics Prize, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics, 2016
  • Penner Lecture, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego, 2016
  • Lacey Lectures, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Caltech, 2016
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, 2015
  • Rowland Visiting Fellow (first appointed in a new program), Rowland Institute at Harvard, 2015
  • G.K. Batchelor Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, University, 2014
  • National Academy of Sciences, 2014
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011
  • Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, UC Davis, 2009
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2009
  • Southwest Mechanics Lecture, 2009
  • Brooke Benjamin Lecture in Fluid Mechanics, Oxford University, 2008
  • G.K. Batchelor Prize in Fluid Mechanics, 2008
  • Fellow, Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, 2003
  • Midwest Mechanics Lecturer, 2002-3
  • Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Award, 1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa teaching Prize, 1994


  • Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, Graduate Program in Molecular Biology
  • Associated Faculty, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Omenn-Darling Bioengineering Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Materials Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics

Research Interests

Professor Stone's research interests are in fluid dynamics, especially as they arise in research and applications at the interface of engineering, chemistry, physics, and biology.  In particular, he has developed original research directions in several areas of fluid mechanics, including recent studies of fluid-structure interactions, electrokinetically driven motions of colloidal particles, and fluid mechanics investigations involving bacteria and biofilms (the latter in collaboration with several groups in the Department of Molecular Biology). Over the years, he has investigated a spectrum of problems in microfluidics including studies and applications involving bubbles and droplets, red blood cells, bacteria, chemical kinetics, etc. The research themes and papers on his website give some indication of the breadth and depth of these studies.

Selected Publications
  1. S. Shin, O. Shardt, P.B. Warren and H.A. Stone 2017 Membraneless water filtration using CO2. Nature Communications 8, 15181.
  2. M.K. Kim, F. Ingremeau, B. Bassler and H.A. Stone 2016 Local and global consequences of bacterial quorum sensing in flow. Nature Microbiology 1, 15005.
  3. D. Vigolo, S. Radl and H.A. Stone 2014 Unexpected trapping of particles at a bifurcation. PNAS 111, 4770-4775.
  4. C. Duprat, S. Protiere, A.Y. Beebe and H.A. Stone 2012 Critical drop sizes for manipulating mist with flexible fiber arrays. Nature 482, 510-513.
  5. W.D. Ristenpart, A.L. Belmonte, J.C. Bird, F. Dollar and H.A. Stone 2009 Non-coalescence of oppositely charged drops. Nature. 461, 377-380.