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Parviz Moin honored with OAA from University

Paul Dye

Professor Parviz Moin was recently honored by the University with an Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest honor the University bestows to alumni.

The University of Minnesota and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics recently honored Parviz Moin with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his work on direct numerical simulations and large-eddy simulation of turbulent flows. Moin is an alumnus of the University (’74) and currently serves as Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Moin received his Masters and doctorate of philosophy from Stanford in 1975 and 1978, respectively. He is also the Director of DOE’s Alliance for Strategic Computing Center for Integrated Turbulence Simulations and the Founding Director of Stanford’s new Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

Professor Moin is recognized for his research in direct numerical simulation of turbulence and their application to industrial processes. He is the founding director of the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford and NASA Ames, which was established in 1987 as a research consortium between NASA and Stanford.
Norbert Peters, Director of the Institute of Combustion Technology at RWTH Aachen University, remembers one of the ways Moin contributed to a fundamental change in the understanding of fluid mechanics in the early ‘80s.

“There were many people who did not believe that turbulence could be studied on the basis of the Navier-Stokes equations,” Peters said. “They would argue that its origin lies in molecular dynamics – but the rapid development of DNS in turbulence studies, for which Parviz has Iaid the foundation with his pioneering publications in the 80's, have disproved this argument and today DNS is a well-established and powerful tool in turbulence research.”

Lisa Porter, associate administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA, echoed Peters’ sentiments.

“Professor Moin is one of the most well-known and highly regarded computational fluid dynamicists in the world,” she said. “I knew of him long before it was my honor to get to how him - it is often said that you should never meet your idols because there is no better cure for admiration than direct contact. I am pleased to report that this was certainly not the case with Parviz. My respect and admiration for him continue to grow.”

Dr. Moin is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lawrence Sperry Award in 1986, the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1985, the American Physical Society’s Fluid Dynamics Prize in 1996 and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2002. The APS Fluid Dynamics Prize is the highest award that the Fluid Dynamics Division of the APS bestows upon its members, and recognizes outstanding achievement in fluid dynamics research.

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