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Oran speaks on pioneering work in reactive flow physics, Oct. 10

Elaine Oran, a pioneering researcher in reactive flow physics, will deliver a lecture on advances in her field at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in McCosh 50.

Oran, senior scientist for reactive flow physics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., is known for her groundbreaking work in the use of numerical simulation to model the dynamics of reactive flows -- for example, those that occur in combustion, rocket and jet propulsion, the oceans and atmosphere, and stars. Her lecture, titled "Matchsticks, Scramjets and Black Holes: Numerical Simulation Faces Reality," will consider some of the applications of this new technology.

Oran has made pivotal contributions to a broad range of problems in combustion and propulsion, atmospheric physics, and solar physics and astrophysics. Her work has contributed both to basic science and to advanced engineering applications.

Oran has won numerous awards, including: the 2004 Presidential Rank Award for long-term public service; the 1999 Oppenheim Prize for outstanding contributions to the theory of the dynamics of reactive systems; the 2000 Y.B. Zeldovich Gold Medal, awarded by the Russian Academy of Sciences; and the 2002 Dryden Lectureship in Research Award, presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering.

Oran's lecture, designated as the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture, is part of the University's Public Lecture Series.


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