Tom I-P. Shih Appointed Editor-in-Chief of AIAA Journal Written 10 December 2020



Tom Shih, AIAA Fellow and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

December 10, 2020 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has selected Tom Shih, an AIAA Fellow and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, as its new editor-in-chief for the AIAA Journal. He succeeds Professor Alexander Smits of Princeton University, who has served as editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal since January 2015. Shih will become the eighth editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal.

Professor Shih has articulated an excellent vision for the future of the AIAA Journal,” stated Robert Pitz, Chair, AIAA Publications Committee. “He has outstanding scholarly credentials, extensive editorial experience, significant executive skills, and strong connections to professional leaders in government, academia, and industry.”

The AIAA Publications Committee oversees the search and selection effort for new editors-in-chief. This year’s search committee was led by Karl Bilimoria, NASA Ames Research Center, who is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Air Transportation. Shih was chosen from among a group of highly qualified candidates.

Shih chaired Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2009 to 2019, where he fostered industry and government engagement with education. His diverse research interests include computational fluid dynamics; gas-turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer; and thermal management of aerospace systems. He brings extensive publishing experience to his new role as a prolific scholar and as an editorial board member and associate editor for a wide range of technical journals, including service to the Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Shih’s past honors include the 2020 AIAA Thermophysics Award, the 2015 AIAA Energy Systems Award, the 2010 AIAA Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, and the 2010 AIAA Sustained Service Award. Shih is a member of the NASA Advisory Council – Aeronautics Committee, as well as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a member of the Review Board, Collaborative Center for Aeronautical Sciences, Air Force Research Laboratory.

Currently, Shih chairs the AIAA Committee on Higher Education and is a member of the AIAA Committee on Standards for Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Ethics Committee.

The AIAA Journal is devoted to the advancement of the science and technology of astronautics and aeronautics through the dissemination of original archival research papers disclosing new theoretical developments and/or experimental results. The topics include aeroacoustics, aerodynamics, combustion, fundamentals of propulsion, fluid mechanics and reacting flows, fundamental aspects of the aerospace environment, hydrodynamics, lasers and associated phenomena, plasmas, research instrumentation and facilities, structural mechanics and materials, optimization, and thermomechanics and thermochemistry. The journal was established by AIAA in 1963, following the merger of the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences and the American Rocket Society, and grew out of these predecessor societies’ journals, the Journal of the Aerospace Sciences and ARS Journal, respectively.

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