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Michael S. Triantafyllou Michael S. Triantafyllou

Michael S. Triantafyllou was born and raised in Athens Greece. He attended the Experimental High School of the University of Athens and then studied Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, graduating with a diploma in 1974. He completed graduate studies at MIT, earning a Dual SM in Ocean Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (1977), and a PhD in Ocean Engineering in 1979.

At MIT, Michael has been in with Ocean Engineering Department since 1978: as Research Associate (1978-79), Assistant Professor (1979-83), Associate Professor (1983-90), Professor (1990-present). He has also been Director of the Testing Tank Facility since 1989 and is Chairman of the Joint Committee in Applied Ocean Sciences & Engineering, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography (1997-2002).

During sabbatical leaves: Associate Professor (1985-86) and Professor (1994-95) at the National Technical University of Athens. Visiting Professor (1986) Kyushu University. Also, Visiting Professor, National Technical University (NTH), Trondheim, Norway (1993); Visiting Professor, ETH Zurich, April 1999.

Awards include: Best Graduate paper award (S.N.A.M.E.) 1978; H.L. Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization (1983-1985); ABS/Linnard Prize for best paper in the Transactions of SNAME (1997); Highlight Paper of 1995 Scientific American; Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation (1998).

Michael has published over 120 articles from his research work, focused on these topics: Generation and control of vorticity to control the flow around swimming bodies. Biomimetic development of unsteady propulsion and maneuvering (work on RoboTuna reported in the Scientific American, 1995). All aspects of the mechanics of cables with application to ocean engineering. Vortex induced vibration of bluff bodies including basic theoretical and experimental work, as well as the development of predictive tools.

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