Gregory Zilman

Principle Research Associate, Professor emeritus
Head of Laboratory of Marine Hydrodynamics
Academic Degrees: MS, PhD
Tel Aviv University, School of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: +972-3-640-9716, E-mail:

Education: Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute (renamed to Marine State Technical University of St. Petersburg)
Research Interests: Naval and Marine Biology Hydrodynamics
Naval hydrodynamics and dynamics of conventional, high speed and AUV vessels
SAR remote sensing
Biologically inspired hydrodynamic imaging
Hydrodynamics of self-propelled organisms

1. Fluid mechanics I.
2. Fluid mechanics II.
3. Introduction to aerodynamics.
4. Transport of contaminants in environment.
5. Swimming and flying in nature. (New)
6. Introduction to Naval hydrodynamics.
7. Ship viscous and wave resistance.
8. Propellers.
9. Ship maneuvering.
10. Ship motion in waves.

Some former and currents grants, collobaration

  • Israeli Science Foundation
  • Israeli Ministry of Science
  • Israeli Ministry of Economy
  • Elbit systems Ltd.
  • Elta Ltd.
  • Israel Aircraft Industry
  • Italian Ministry of Environment Land and Sea
  • US Coast Guard,

    Former and current projects
    Mechanisms of hydrodynamic imaging in Blind Mexican Cave Fish. PLAY
    Settlement of marine larvae on bodies PLAY Bugula Neritina
    Marine biological luminiscence.
    Radar imaging of ship wakes.
    Maneuvering of high speed vessels
    Ship motion in random waves
    Mathematical modelling of AUV dynamics

    Main Awards

  • 1992-The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (OMAE Award):
    In Recognition of the Outstanding Originality and Significance in the Paper "Dead-Water Effects of a Ship".
  • 1994-The Prize of Excellence of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Israel: Presented by the President of Israel

    "A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel has discovered
    a previously unknown navigational aid used by a species of blind fish." Read more here...

    See Short list of publications

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