Dmitri Vainchtein

Assistant Professor of Instruction in Mechanical Engineering

Office Hours

Tuesday 1:00 – 2:50 pm
Wednesdays 11:00 – 11:50 pm


Dmitri Vainchtein is an Assistant Professor of Instruction and the head of the Chaotic Systems Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. His main research interests are resonance phenomena in multi-scale dynamical systems, in particular with application to microscale fluid mechanics and plasma physics.


  • Ph.D., Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia, 1997
  • M.S., Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1995
  • B.S., Physics, Institute of Physics and Technology, 1993

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, September 2015 - present
  • Assistant Professor, Deparment of Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, September 2008 - 2015
  • J. Ford Postdoctoral fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2005-2008
  • Postdoctoral fellow, University of California Santa Barbara, 2001-2005
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University, 2000-2001

Recent Publications

  • On localized mixing in action-action-angle flows (2013), Wu Fan and Dmitri Vainchtein, Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation 19, pp.67-73.
  • Quasiadiabatic dynamics of charged particles in a space plasma (2013), Lev Zelenyi, Anatoly Neishtadt, Anton Artemyev, Dmitri Vainchtein, and Helga Malova, Physics-Uspekhi 56, pp.347-394.
  • Resonance phenomena and long-term chaotic advection in volume-preserving systems (2012), Dmitri Vainchtein and Alimu Abudu, Chaos 22, art.# 013103.
  • Resonant acceleration of charged particles in the presence of random fluctuations (2011), Anton Artemyev, Dmitri Vainchtein, Anatoly Neishtadt, and Lev Zelenyi, Physical Review E 84, art.# 046213.
  • Dynamics of electrons in a parabolic magnetic field perturbed by an electromagnetic wave (2011), Anatoly I. Neishtadt, Dmitri L. Vainchtein, and Alexei A. Vasiliev, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 53, art.# 085014.

Research Interests

  • Multiscale Dynamical Systems
  • Plasma Physics
  • Microfluidics

Funding Sources

  • National Science Foundation
  • Energy Commercialization Institute