Israel J. Wygnanski to Present AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research Written 13 December 2016

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Israel J. Wygnanski to Present AIAA Dryden Lecture in Research

December 13, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Israel J. Wygnanski, professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, has received the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Dryden Lectureship in Research. Wygnanski, an AIAA Fellow, will present his lecture, entitled “Maturation of Active Flow Control Concepts for Improved Aircraft Performance,” at 5:30 p.m. on January 10, in conjunction with the 2017 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech Forum), January 9–13, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas.

Wygnanski’s work in the area of turbulent flows has shown that externally imposed perturbations can manipulate turbulent flows over a surface, and it created modern Active Flow Control (AFC) processes techniques and equipment, used to effectively manipulate and control turbulent flows. His work has played key roles in the V-22 Osprey/XV-15 flow control project and in analyzing the role of AFC on mitigating flow over the tail of a Boeing 757 aircraft. Wygnanski’s discoveries in the field of AFC may make it possible to transform future aircraft design by actively incorporating AFC into the preliminary design process.

"I accept the honor on behalf of the many participants without whose help neither the recent test flight on the 757 nor the XV-15 test flight would have been possible" said Wygnanski.

Wygnanski is a Fellow of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin. He was also a Senior Fulbright Fellow. Wygnanski became a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1989. His past honors include the 2001 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award, and the 1973 Landau Prize for Research on Transition.

The Dryden Lectureship in Research, named in honor of Dr. Hugh L. Dryden, former director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and a renowned proponent of the value of research programs to aerospace, emphasizes the important role of basic research in the advancement of engineering and science in aerospace, and salutes the work that research scientists and engineers perform.

For more information about the Dryden Lectureship in Research, or the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Carol Stewart at or 703.264.7538.


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