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Christensen Named AAAS Fellow

Nina Welding • DATE: November 20, 2017

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Kenneth T. Christensen, the Collegiate Professor of Fluid Mechanics and chair of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is being recognized for contributions to the field of experimental fluid mechanics, specifically laser-based measurements of turbulence interactions with complex topography.

An honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, Christensen is one of the 396 members who were acknowledged for their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications. New Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 24 issue of Science. They will also be presented at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, on February 17.

Holding a joint faculty appointment between the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Christensen’s expertise includes an emphasis on flows central to a range of energy, environmental and geophysical applications. His research focuses on turbulence interactions with complex topography encountered in a range of engineering systems, flow interactions and coupling with complex bedforms that form and evolve in both aeolean and subaqueous natural environments, and multi-phase flow within heterogeneous porous media with application to geologic carbon dioxide sequestration.  

Christensen is also a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), as well as an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition, he serves as editor-in-chief of Measurement Science and Technology and is on the editorial board of Experiments in Fluids.

The 2016 Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award recipient for outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering, Christensen has also received the 2006 AFOSR Young Investigator Award, a 2007 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2011 Francois Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics from the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, and the 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as professor, Kritzer Faculty Scholar, and associate head for undergraduate and mechanics programs in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2014.

Umesh Garg, professor of experimental nuclear physics in the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame, was also named a 2017 Fellow.

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