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Bob Street 

William Alden and Martha Campbell (Em) Professor in the School of Engineering,
(Em) Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics in the Departments of
Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering

473 Via Ortega, Room 305, MC 4020
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
phone/office (650) 723-4969


Professional Education

  • Undergraduate student, Stanford University, 1952-1957
  • Master of Science, Stanford University, Hydraulics (1957)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, Fluid Mechanics; mathematics minor (1963)

Street focuses on studies related to geophysical fluid motions. His research focuses on the modeling of turbulence in fluid flows, which are often stratified, and includes numerical simulation of coastal upwelling, internal waves and sediment transport in coastal regions, flow in rivers, and valley winds in the atmosphere. He is the author of a textbook on "The Analysis and Solution of Partial Differential Equations" and co-author of a textbook on "Elementary Fluid Mechanics." Professor Street received the American Society of Civil Engineers Huber Prize for distinguished research (1972), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers R.T. Knapp Award (1986; jointly with Jeff Koseff), and the ASCE Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize (2002; jointly with Dr. Emily Zedler). He is the recipient of the 2005 Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Lecture Award of ASCE's EWRI and was elected a Distinguished Member of ASCE in 2009.

He held a National Center for Atmospheric Research Senior Post-doctoral Fellowship in 1978 and a Faculty Fellowship in 2007; he was a Queen's Senior Post-doctoral Fellow in Marine Science [Australia] in 1985. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993) and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (2004). He has served as civil and environmental engineering department chair, associate dean of engineering, and vice provost and dean and vice president in the university. At the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, he has served as a Member of the UCAR Board of Trustees from 1983-1994 and as Chairman from 1987-1991. He is currently a member of the UCAR Membership Committee.

Consulting Faculty Colleagues:

Steven Armfield - Computational fluid dynamics [University of Sydney]
Fotini Katopodes Chow - Atmospheric boundary layer, turbulence, and valley wind modeling [UCB]


Elementary Fluid Mechanics

Street, Watters and Vennard, 7th Edition.

Errata and suggested changes: 3rd printing (PDF)

Description, Features, Supplements & Software



IGLASS Report: Enriquez and Street, 2017

An Algebraic Subgrid-Scale Model for Large-Eddy Simulations of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer, Rica Mae Enriquez and Robert L. Street, Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory Rep. 01-2107, Stanford University


Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory