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At the macroscopic level, fluids have traditionally been modeled using numerical scheme based on partial differential equations (e.g. Navier-Stokes equations). In recent years there has been a growing interest in the simulation of complex flows using particle methods (e.g. Molecular Dynamics and Cellular Automata). In this paper a variety of projects currently underway at San Jose State University are described. The unifying theme is the application of unconventional methods to fluid mechanics problems.