Steven W. Van Sciver

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory


Mechanical Engineering Department
Florida State University
1800 E. Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32310
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  • Flow Visualization in Cryogenics
  • High Reynolds Number Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Liquid Helium and Other Cryogens
  • Cryogenic Multiphase Phase Flow
  • Cryogenic Insulation Systems
  • Characterization of Cryogenic Fuels for Space Propulsion
  • Cooling Systems for Superconducting Magnets
  • Properties of Materials and Fluids at Low Temperature
  • Instrumentation for Cryogenic Systems


Dr. Van Sciver is a Distinguished Research Professor and John H. Gorrie Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is also a Program Director at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). Dr. Van Sciver joined the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the NHMFL in 1991, initiating and teaching a graduate program in magnet and materials engineering and in cryogenic thermal sciences and heat transfer. He also led the NHMFL development efforts of the cryogenic systems for the NHMFL Hybrid and 900 MHz NMR superconducting magnets. Between 1997 and 2003, he served as Director of Magnet Science and Technology at the NHMFL. Dr. Van Sciver is a Fellow of the ASME and the Cryogenic Society of America and American Editor for the journal Cryogenics.

Prior to joining Florida State University, Dr. Van Sciver was Research Scientist and then Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1976 to 1991. He was also Associate Director of the Applied Superconductivity Center. Dr. Van Sciver received his PhD in Low Temperature Physics from the University of Washington-Seattle in 1976. His BS degree (1970) is in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University.

Dr. Van Sciver is author of over 170 publications in low temperature physics, liquid helium technology, cryogenic engineering and magnet technology. He is also author of the textbook, Helium Cryogenics, published by Plenum Press (1986).

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