Qian Liao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 2004
  • M.S., Urban and Environmental Science, Peking University, China, 1999
  • B.S., Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1996

Research Focus:

  • Environmental fluid mechanics.
  • Quantitative imaging based flow measurement techniques.
  • Turbulent dispersion and mixing.
  • Fate and transport of chemical and biological constituents in environmental flows.
  • Lake circulation and dynamics.
  • Sediment transport.
  • Numerical simulation of environmental flows.


  • Liao, Q., Cowen, E. A. (2005) "An efficient anti-aliasing spectral continuous window shifting technique for PIV". Experiments in Fluids , vol. 38, no. 2, pp.197-208.
  • Liao, Q., Cowen, E. A. (2002) "The information content of a scalar plume -- a plume tracing perspective". Environmental Fluid Mechanics, vol.2., no. 1-2., pp.9-34.
  • Cowen, E.A., Chang, K.-A., Liao, Q. (2001) "A single-camera coupled PTV-LIF technique". Experiments in Fluids, vol.31, no. 1., pp.63-73.
  • Chang, K.-A., Cowen, E.A., Liao , Q., Zarruk, G.A. (2000) "Simultaneous velocity and concentration fields in a turbulent round jet". Journal of Visualization, vol.3, no.2., frontispiece.