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J. Kim Vandiver

J. Kim Vandiver

Dean for Undergraduate Research
Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering

Room 10-110
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-258-0207  
Fax: 617-258-5288  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Juliet Perdichizzi
Room 10-110
Phone: 617-253-8058  

Research Contact:

Barbara Smith

Room 5-320

Phone: 617-253-0137




Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering, January 1975
Massachusetts Institute of Technology/WHOI
S.M. in Ocean Engineering, August 1969
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. in Engineering, June 1968
Harvey Mudd College of Science and Engineering


MIT Service:

1985-present: Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
1979-1985: Associate Professor
1976-1978: Doherty Assistant Professor
1975-1979: Assistant Professor
1975: Research Associate


Principal Publications in last five years:

  1. Vandiver, J. K., A Universal Reduced Damping Parameter for Prediction of Vortex-Induced Vibration, 21st International Conference on OMAE, Paper 28292, June 23-28, 2002, Oslo.
  2. Vandiver, J. K. and Donnelly, J., The Use of Scatter Diagrams for the Selection of Current Profiles for the Design of a Riser Experiencing Vortex-Induced Vibration, Paper No. 15395, Proceedings of 2003 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, May 2003
  3. Vandiver, J. K. and Peoples, W., The Effect of Staggered Buoyancy Modules on Flow-Induced Vibration of Marine Risers", Paper No. OTC 15284, Proceedings of 2003 Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, May 2003.
  4. Vandiver, J. K. and Marcollo, H., High Mode Number VIV Experiments, IUTAM Symposium on Integrated Modeling of Fully Coupled Fluid-Structure Interactions Using Analysis, Computations, and Experiments, June 1-6, 2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.
  5. Vandiver, J. K., Marcollo, H., Swithenbank, S., and Jhingran, V., High Mode Number Vortex-Induced Vibration Field Experiments, Offshore Technology Conference, Paper Number 17383, Houston, Texas, May 2-5, 2005.
  6. Vandiver, J. K., Swithenbank, S., Jaiswal, V., and Marcollo, H., The Effectiveness of Helical Strakes in the Suppression of High-Mode-Number VIV, Offshore Technology Conference, Paper Number 18276-PP, May 1-4, 2006, Houston, Texas. Received the Arthur Lubinski, ASME OTC 2006, Best Paper Award.
  7. Vandiver, J. K., Swithenbank, S., Jaiswal, V., and Jhingran, V., Fatigue Damage from High Mode Number Vortex-Induced Vibration, Proceedings of OMAE 2006: 25th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Paper No. OMAE2006-9240, June 4-9, 2006, Hamburg, Germany,

Scientific & Professional Societies:

Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers


Honors & Awards: Selected from last five years.

2012: Gordon Y. Billard Award
2011: Arthur C. Smith Award

2006: ASME A. Lubinski Best Paper Award for the Offshore Technology Conference
2005: Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals
2001: MacVicar Award for Excellence in Teaching
1998-1999: MIT President’s Award for Community Service

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