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Fernando To Receive Honorary Doctorate from Grenoble

Nina Welding • DATE: February 27, 2014

Harindra Joseph Fernando, the Wayne and Diana Murdy Family Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, has been selected to receive an honorary doctorate from the Université de Grenoble [Université Joseph Fourier] in France. The presentation will take place as part of the Honoris Causa Ceremony on March 20, 2014, in Grenoble. The université is home to the Laboratoire Des Ecoulements Geophysiques et Industriels (LEGI) that hosts the largest and most sophisticated rotating platform in the world for studies on Coriolis forces in environmental and geophysical flows that arise due to the rotation of the Earth.

An expert in fluid mechanics, specifically in atmospheric and oceanic flows as well as industrial flow involving density variations, Fernando is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to experimental and theoretical fluid dynamics with applications to geophysical flows.

Fernando is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also an elected member of the European Academy. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the (founding) director of the Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics at Arizona State University with an appointment in the School of Sustainability.

A College of Engineering faculty member since 2010 — serving concurrent appointments in civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences and aerospace and mechanical engineering, Fernando has published more than 225 papers spanning some 55 different archival international journals covering basic fluid dynamics, experimental methods, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences and engineering, air pollution, alternative energy sources, acoustics, heat transfer, hydraulics and fluids engineering. Currently, he is leading two large Department of Defense initiatives, one on complex-terrain weather with relevance to aviation and the other on air-sea interactions in the Indian Ocean with application to climate and navigation.

He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, an editor of the journals Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics and Non-Linear Processes in Geophysics of the European Geophysical Union, and an associate editor of the journals Physics of Fluids (American Institute of Physics) and Hydro-Environmental Research (International Association of Hydraulics Research.)

Fernando received his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering (1979) from the University of Sri Lanka and his M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysical fluid dynamics (1982, 1983) from The Johns Hopkins University.