Penrose Professorships Awarded
The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics has named two faculty members to chaired professorships: Professor Graham Candler has been appointed the Russell J. Penrose Professor, and Associate Professor Ryan Elliott has been appointed the Russell J. Penrose Faculty Fellow.
Professor Candler has been an AEM faculty member for 20 years. His areas of research include computational fluid dynamics, hypersonic aerodynamics, high-temperature gas physics, and thermochemical nonequilibrium flows. Professor Candler is a McKnight Presidential Professor, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and has received numerous research awards. He has been appointed as the Russell J. Penrose Professor for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2012.
Professor Elliott has been an AEM faculty member for 7 years. His areas of research include martensitic phase transformations, shape memory alloys, atomistic materials simulation, and stability and bifurcation. Professor Elliott was a McKnight Land-Grant Professor from 2009-2011 and is an Associate Fellow of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. He has also worked on developing the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (KIM), an online infrastructure for assessing the transferability of interatomic potentials. He has been appointed as the Russell J. Penrose Faulty Fellow for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2012.
The Russell J. Penrose Professorship is specific to Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and was established on October 9, 1990, through a generous gift from Mr. Russell J. Penrose. This gift was matched by an equal contribution from the Permanent University Fund. The Professorship seeks to “obtain and retain distinguished faculty who are outstanding in their teaching and research capabilities. The Professorship is designed to provide the individual who holds this position with the title of this distinction as well as financial resources in recognition of the significant contributions which they are making to their fields as well as to the department.” Previous Penrose Professors include Daniel Joseph and Richard James. The Penrose Faculty Fellow is a new chaired professorship, and Professor Elliott is the first faculty member to hold the title.