Environmental Fluid Mechanics @ Purdue University

Cary D. Troy, Assistant Professor

Cary D. Troy

Assistant Professor

Hydraulics and Hydrology Group

School of Civil Engineering

Purdue University

Lake Michigan near Michigan City, IN.


Postodctoral position

3-D Hydrodynamic modeling of Lake Michigan using SUNTANS unstructured numerical model.

Educator Workshop

Dune Dynamics:  Exploring Movement of Sand, Water, and Life Along the Southern Shore of Lake Michigan.


New Lab

Official dedication of our new H2O lab.  The lab includes greatly enhanced water research space, a 2-story data visualization room, a waterfall, and a “wet classroom” for active learning.  Check it out!

Experimental channel

The 10m stratified flows facility is now operational!  Stay tuned for more as we add salt!


Welcome to the home page of Cary Troy.  I am an assistant professor in the Hydraulics and Hydrology Group in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.  My research interests lie primarily in the field of environmental fluid mechanics, the study of fluid flows as they naturally occur in the environment.  Current research topics include:


·   Transport and circulation in Lake Michigan

·   Mixing and water quality in inland lakes

·   Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) mapping of water quality and bathymetry

·   Laboratory studies of stratified flows 

Recent Data

Muskegon, Michigan Thermal Transect (2010)

Data obtained from our 2010 Muskegon temperature data with Nathan Hawley from NOAA-GLERL.  Highlights the subsurface thermal variability caused by internal waves, upwellings, and mixed layer deepening.