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Steve Weinstein

Steve Weinstein
Department Head, Chemical Engineering, Professor

Phone: 585-475-4299
Office: INS/2107

Dr. Steven Weinstein received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and his MSE and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  He worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 18 years after receiving his PhD, and joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology in January of 2007.  His areas of expertise are published significantly in the field of coating, including thin film flows, die manifold design, wave stability, curtain flows (flows in thin sheets of liquid), and web dynamics, and has 7 patents in these areas.  He co-authored an invited review article on Coating Flows in the prestigious Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics (2004, Vol. 36). Dr. Weinstein has won the CEK Mees award for excellence in research and technical writing (1992; honorable mention 1998), the highest research award bestowed by Eastman Kodak Company, and was recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Coating Science and Technology in 2000.  He has served on the board of directors of this society since 2004. 

While at Kodak, SDr. Weinstein was also an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.  Mechanical engineering courses taught at RIT included core graduate mathematics for engineers, graduate convective phenomena, and undergraduate fluid dynamics.  Dr. Weinstein was named head of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at RIT in fall of 2008.  This department houses the new chemical engineering (approved 9/08) and biomedical engineering programs (approved 9/09) at RIT.  In addition to performing his administrative duties and serving on a variety of college and university committees, he is currently teaching chemical engineering courses on material balances in reactive systems, fluid dynamics, chemical thermodynamics, reactor design, separation processes, and applied mathematics.

Research Areas

Dr. Weinstein’s current research areas are varied, collaborative, and are predominantly theoretical yet application oriented.  His main efforts focus on wave propagation in spatially developing flows, with a focus on absolutely and convectively unstable waves subjected to continual forcing.  He is also examining the use of Pade approximants to extend the regime of applicability of truncated virial equations of state.  Other recent areas in which he has focused are coating die manifold design, thermoelectric systems, adsorption of organic molecules on carbon nanotubes, and the role of rheology on clearance of mucus in the lungs by cilia.

Recent Publications

  • Barlow, N. S. Schultz, A. J., Weinstein, S. J., and Kofke. D. A.  2012 An asymptotically consistent approximant method with application to soft and hard-sphere fluids.  To appear in Journal of Chemical Physics.
  • Sandoz-Rosado, E. J., Stevens, R. J., and Weinstein, S. J.  2012, On the Thomson Effect in thermoelectric device. To appear in International Journal of Thermal Sciences.
  • Barlow, N. S., Weinstein, S. J., and Helenbrook, B. T.  2012, On the response of spatially developing flow to oscillatory forcing with application to liquid sheets, J. Fluid Mech699, 115-152.
  • Shetty, S., Ruschak, K. J., and Weinstein, S. J.  2012,  Model for a two-cavity coating die with pressure and temperature deformation, Polymer Engineering & Science 52(6), 1173–1182
  • Rogers, R. E., Bardsley, T. L., Weinstein, S. J., and Landi, B. J.  2011,  Solution-phase adsorption of 1-pyrenebutyric acid using single-wall carbon nanotubes, Chemical Engineering Journal 173 ,486-493.
  • Norton, M. M., Robinson, R. J., and Weinstein, S. J.  2011,  Model of ciliary clearance and the role of mucus rheology, Physical Review E  83, 011921-1 to -12.
  • Barlow, N. S., Helenbrook, B. T., Lin, S.P., and Weinstein, S. J.  2010,  An Interpretation of absolutely and convectively unstable waves using series solutions, Wave Motion 47, 564-582.
  • Theisen, E. A., Davis, M., Weinstein, S. J., and Steen, P. H.  2010,  Transient behavior of the planar-flow melt spinning process, Chem. Eng. Sci. 65, 3249–3259.
  • Oakes, J. M., Day, S., Weinstein, S. J., and Robinson, R. J. 2010, Flow field analysis in expanding healthy and emphyematous alveolar models using particle image velocimetry, J. Biomech. Eng. 132, 021008-1 to -9.
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