MAE Professors Smits and Miles elected to National Academy of Engineering
Congratulations to MAE Professors Alexander J. Smits and Richard B. Miles who have been elected as 2011 members of the National Academy of Engineering.
Prof. Smits, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and MAE’s Chair, was elected for his contributions to the measurement and understanding of turbulent flows, fluids engineering, and education. Dr. Smits's research interests are centered on fundamental, experimental research in turbulence, fluid mechanics. He has served as the Director of the Princeton University Gasdynamics Laboratory since 1989 and received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching from Princeton University in 2007. He is also a four-time recipient of the Princeton Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Prof. Miles was elected for development of laser-based flow field diagnostics and contributions to hypersonic testing technologies. As professor in charge of the Applied Physics Group, Miles research has focused on hypersonics and advanced laser diagnostics with particular attention to the interaction of lasers, microwaves and electron beams with fluids for energy transfer and flow control.
The research program includes the development of new plasma and magnetohydrodynamic processes for hypersonic applications, new sources and detection technologies, and the application of these technologies through linear and nonlinear optical interactions to characterize gas mixtures, plasmas and flow phenomena.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."
A list of the newly elected members and foreign associates with their primary affiliations at the time of election and a brief statement of their principal engineering accomplishments can be found at http://www.nae.edu/42133.aspx.