Fluid Dynamics Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2020 1 October 2020

From inception to 1991, this award was presented as the Fluid Dynamics and Plasmadynamics Award. In 1992 it became the Fluid Dynamics Award and is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics. This annual award is generally presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition. Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2019

  • Dr Hermann F Fasel
    University of Arizona
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Fluid Dynamics Award
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering innovation and leadership for using computational fluid dynamics as a tool for the scientific analysis of hydrodynamic instability mechanisms, transition to turbulence, and active flow control.

2018

  • Dr Helen L Reed PE
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    Award: 2018 Fluid Dynamics Award
    AIAA Citation: For lifetime achievements in the fundamental understanding, modeling, and control of boundary-layer laminar-to-turbulent transition for aerospace vehicles from subsonic to hypersonic.

2017

  • Dr Miguel R Visbal
    USAF AFRL/RQVA
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to understanding complex unsteady flows and multidisciplinary interactions using high fidelity methods.

2016

  • Prof Moshe Matalon
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the development of combustion theory, for revolutionizing understanding of chemically reacting flows, and for work on the hydrodynamic theory of premixed flames.

2015

  • Prof Philip L Roe
    University of Michigan
    Awarded
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: For seminal contributions to the design of numerical algorithms for simulations of compressible flows."

2014

  • Prof Paul E Dimotakis
    California Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: "For fundamental contributions to turbulent mixing and combustion through careful and thorough experiments using novel techniques."

2013

  • Prof Donald O Rockwell
    Lehigh University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to a fundamental understanding of vortex dominated flows and their characterization with quantitative imaging.

2012

  • Prof Graham V Candler
    University of Minnesota
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the development of advanced computational methodologies to predict flow stability and transition to turbulence in complex configurations.

2011

  • Dr Hans G Hornung
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For numerous important theoretical and experimental contributions related to the transition between normal and Mach reflections and nonequlibrium boundary layer transition.

2010

  • Bram Van Leer
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal groundbreaking work in computational fluid dynamics, especially in the development of shock capturing methods, and outstanding contributions in aerospace education.

2009

  • Dr Parviz Moin
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal contributions to turbulence research, particularly the advancement and application of large-eddy and direct simulation, and for leadership in the fluid mechanics community.

2008

  • Dr Marvin E Goldstein
    NASA Glenn Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For seminal theoretical contributions to rapid-distortion theory towards understanding the roles of receptivity and nonlinearity in transition to turbulence, and towards explaining the boundary-layer Klebanoff modes.

2007

  • Dr Ronald J Adrian
    Arizona State University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For landmark contributions in the development of laser Doppler velocimetry, particle image velocimetry and stochastic estimation techniques, and for sustained leadership in fluid dynamics.

2006

  • Dr Philippe R Spalart
    Boeing Commercial Airplanes
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of contributions to applied turbulence modeling and of pioneering work in the direct simulation of turbulent boundary layers and in merging fluid dynamics concepts and aero-acoustic models for aircraft-related noise predictions.

2005

  • Dr Jay P Boris
    Naval Research Laboratory
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering and seminal contributions to the fields of computational fluid dynamics, reacting flows, and atmospheric contaminant transport.

2004

  • Prof Alexander J Smits
    Princeton University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For innovative experimental research in turbulent flows

2003

  • Prof William S Saric
    Texas A&M University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering work on flow instabilities, their understanding, prediction and their control for the betterment of aeronautical products

2002

  • Dr Fazle Hussain
    Texas Tech University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his seminal contributions towards the understanding of turbulence through quantitative analyses of coherent structures and insights into their consequences to the aerodynamic context

2001

  • Dr Israel J Wygnanski
    University of Arizona
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his fundamental contributions to our understanding of organized motion in free and bound shear flows and for his pioneering leadership in active flow control

2000

  • Prof Roddam Narasimha
    Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For new insights into many branches of fluid dynamics, including transition and the interface between laminar and turbulent flows, turbulent shear flows and the atmospheric surface layer, and rarefied gas dynamics, as well as for his exceptional leadership in aeronautics research and teaching

1999

  • Prof William C Reynolds
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions in turbulence physics and applications through innovative experimental, analytical, and computational research, and in chemical equilibrium analysis of complex multi-phase systems

1998

  • Prof Anatol Roshko
    California Institute of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For research and teaching in gas dynamics and turbulence, particularly separated flow, bluff-body aerodynamics, and the structure of turbulent flow

1997

  • Dr Milton D Van Dyke
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions in perturbation methods and profound influence on the use of analytical methods in aeronautics through the text ''Perturbation Methods in Fluid Mechanics

1996

  • Prof Robert W MacCormack
    Stanford Univeresity
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering work in Computational Fluid Dynamics and the development of numerical algorithms which are used all over the world

1995

  • Philip G Saffman
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contributions to the understanding of vortex dynamics and turbulence

1994

  • Peter Bradshaw
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the understanding and prediction of turbulent flow, with special reference to aeronautical applications; and for contributions to experimental techniques in aerodynamics

1993

  • Dr Antony Jameson
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of numerous contributions to computational fluid dynamics and the development of many widely used computer programs which have immeasurably improved the capability to analyze and understand complex flows

1992

  • Prof Julian D Cole
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding and pioneering contributions in perturbation theory, computational transonic aerodynamics, and hypersonic flow theory that have provided the foundation for numerous advances in aeronautics

1991

  • Dennis M Bushnell
    NASA Langley Research Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For exceptional leadership and inventiveness in turbulence control for drag reduction and for supersonic low-disturbance wind tunnels, and for significant pioneering work in high Mach number turbulent boundary layers, slot injection, and turbulence modeling

1990

  • Prof Hans W Liepmann
    California Inst of Technology
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the theory and practice of compressible flows; for his insight into the fundamental phenomena of transition and turbulence; and for his educational activities that produced leaders in fluid dynamics

1989

  • R Thomas Davis
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering contribution coupling theoretical analysis and computational techniques for the solution high Reynolds number viscous flow applications from low speed to hypersonic flight conditions

1988

  • Dr Harold Mirels
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding personal innovation and technical leadership that established key guidelines for the modeling and scaling of plasma physics and chemical lasers

1987

  • Dr Gino Moretti
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering work in computational fluid dynamics, and the application of innovative numerical techniques to complex problems in gas dynamics. By stressing the need for consistency between computational models and fluid physics, he has set a standard for all those involved in CFD

1986

  • Dr Steven A Orszag
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For pioneering research in conceiving and developing new methods for the numerical simulation of fluid flows, and his unique contributions toward understanding the nonlinear behavior of fluids in motion

1985

  • Dr Edward T Gerry
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For inventiveness and leadership in the development of the CO2 gas-dynamic laser and for his many contributions to revealing the relevant physics

1984

  • Dr Tuncer Cebeci
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding and numerical computation of aerodynamic flows, in particular the problems of two and three dimensional laminar and turbulent boundary layers.

1983

  • Prof Seymour M Bogdonoff
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion and of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics.

1982

  • Prof John L Lumley
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding, analysis,and experimental techniques in turbulence, polymer, additives, and particle motions in fluids

1981

  • Dr Arthur Kantrowitz
    Dartmouth College
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For leadership and profound influence in broad areas of science and technology through the inspired application of fluid and plasma dynamics to the disciplines of atomic and molecular physics, electromagnetics, optics and medicine

1980

  • Dr Eli Reshotko
    Case Western Reserve University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contribution to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion and of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics

1979

  • Prof Charles H Kruger
    Stanford University
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to nonequilibrium high temperature flows as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics

1978

  • Dr Charles E Treanor
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For innovative research in nonequilibrium gas flows. His work in molecular energy transfer kinetics and numerical modeling methods has provided major theoretical bases for analyzing gas dynamic lasers. His scientific leadership has been clearly manifested through technical publications, research management activities and service to his profession

1977

  • Mr. Harvard Lomax
    NASA
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding contributions to the theoretical analysis of supersonic aerodynamics by small perturbation theory and to the computer stimulation of aerodynamic problems by pioneering research in the development of numerical methods with application to computational fluid dynamics.

1976

  • Dr Mark V Morkovin
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding personal contributions in basic and applied research on transition and turbulent flow, and for many years of service as a stimulating and stabilizing influence on research in this field