Lex Smits is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (phone: (609) 258 5117, fax: (609) 258 2276, E-mail: asmits@princeton.edu.

Dr. Smits received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1975. After serving two years as a Research Assistant to Professor P. Bradshaw at Imperial College, London, he returned to the University of Melbourne as a Research Fellow, working with Professor P. N. Joubert. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 1981, promoted to Associate Professor in 1985, and Full Professor in 1991. In July, 1998, Professor Smits became Chairman of his department. His research interests are centered on fundamental, experimental research in turbulence, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Particular aspects include the behavior of low and high Reynolds number turbulent boundary layers, at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds, the response of boundary layers to extra strain rates and other strong perturbations; Mach and Reynolds number effects on turbulence; shock-wave/turbulent boundary layer interactions; flow control; Taylor-Couette flows; fluid-structure interaction; sports ball aerodynamics and the development of new and improved measurement techniques. He has served as the Director of the Princeton University Gasdynamics Laboratory since 1989. From 1990 to 1995, he served as an Associate Editor for the journal of Experimental and Thermal Fluid Science published by Elsevier, and he was the Editor-in-Chief from 1995 to 1999. He is currently an Associate Editor of Physics of Fluids, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Turbulence. He is the co-author (with J.P. Dussauge of IRPHE in Marseille, France) of Turbulent Shear Layers in Compressible Flow, Springer-Verlag, 1996 (2nd ed., 2003), author of A Physical Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, John Wiley & Sons, 2000, and co-editor (with T.T. Lim of the National University, Singapore) of Flow Visualization: Techniques and Examples, Imperial College Press, 2000 (2nd ed., 2003), as well as the author or co-author of about 220 other journal articles and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Recent Publications

79. Zagarola, M.V., Smits, A.J., Scaling of the Mean Velocity Profile for Turbulent Pipe Flow. Physical Review Letters, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp.239-242, 1997.

80. Smith, D.R. and Smits, A.J., The Effects of Successive Distortions on the Behavior of a Turbulent Boundary Layer in a Supersonic Flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 351, pp. 253-288, 1997.

81. Debiève, J.F., Dupont, P., Smith, D.R. and Smits, A.J., The Response of a Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer to a Step Change in Wall Temperature. AIAA Journal, Vol. 35, pp. 51-57, 1997.

82. Poggie, J. and Smits, A.J., Wavelet Analysis of Wall-Pressure Fluctuations in a Supersonic Blunt Fin Flow. AIAA Journal, Vol. 35, pp. 1597-1603, 1997.

83. Weisberg, A.Y., Smits, A.J. and Kevrekidis, I., Delaying Transition in Taylor-Couette Flow with Axial Motion of the Inner Cylinder. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol.348, pp. 141-151, 1997.

84. Delo, C.. and Smits, A.J., Volumetric Visualization of Coherent Structure in a Low Reynolds Number Turbulent Boundary Layer. International Journal of Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 1, 1997.

85. Zagarola, M.V., A.E. Perry and Smits, A.J., Log Laws or Power Laws: The Scaling in the Overlap Region. Physics of Fluids, Vol. 9 (7), pp. 2094-2100, 1997.

86. Panchapakesan, N.R., Nickels, T.B., Smits, A.J. and Joubert, P.N., Lateral Straining of Turbulent Boundary Layers. Part 2. Streamline Convergence. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 349, pp. 1-30, 1997.

87. Zagarola, M.V. and Smits, A.J., Mean Flow Scaling of Turbulent Pipe Flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 373, pp. 33-79, 1998.

88. Smits, A.J. and Zagarola, M.V., Response to ŒScaling of the intermediate region in wall-bounded turbulence: The power law¹ [Phys. Fluids 10, 1043 (1998)], Phys. Fluids, Vol. 10, (4) pp. 1045‹1046, 1998.

89. Konrad, W. and Smits, A.J., Three-Dimensional Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer Generated by an Isentropic Compression. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 372, pp.1-23, 1998.

90. Konrad, W., Smits, A.J. and Knight, D., Mean Flow Field Scaling of Supersonic Shock-Free Three-Dimensional Turbulent Boundary Layer. AIAA Journal, Vol. 38, pp. 2120-2126, 2000.

91. Huntley, M. and Smits, A.J. Transition Studies on an Elliptic Cone in Mach 8 Flow Using Filtered Rayleigh Scattering, European Journal of Mechanics B­Fluids, Vol. 19, No. 5, pp. 695-706, 2000.

92. Smits, A.J. and Zagarola, M.V., Applications of Dense Gases to Model Testing for Aeronautical and Hydrodynamic Applications. Proceedings International Workshop on Dense Gas Dynamics, Institute for Advanced Physics, Boulder CO, Spring 2000.

93. Wright, M.J., Sinha, K. Olejniczak, J., Candler, G.V., Magruder, T.D. and Smits, A.J., Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Double-Cone Shock Interactions. AIAA Journal, Vol. 38, pp. 2268-2276, 2000.

94. Poggie, J. and Smits, A.J., Shock Unsteadiness in a Reattaching Shear Layer. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 429, pp. 155-185, 2001..

95. Zagarola, M.V., Williams, D.R. and Smits, A.J. Calibration of the Preston Probe for High Reynolds Number Flows, Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 12, pp. 495-501, 2001.

96. Allen, J.J. and Smits, A.J. Energy Harvesting Eel, Journal of Fluids and Structures, pp. 629-640, Vol. 15, 2001. 97. Auvity, B., Etz, M.R. and Smits, A.J. Effects of Transverse Helium Injection on Hypersonic Boundary Layers. Physics of Fluids, Vol. 13(10), pp. 3025-32, 2001.

98. Smits, A.J. and Delo, C. Self-Sustaining Mechanisms of Wall Turbulence, In Coherent Structures in Complex Systems, Lecture Notes in Physics, pp. 17-38, Springer, 2002.

99. Morrison, J. F., Jiang, W., McKeon, B. J. and Smits, A. J., Reynolds-number dependence of streamwise velocity spectra in turbulent pipe flow. Physical Review Letters, Vol. 88, #21, pp. 214501-214504, 2002.

100. McKeon, B. J., Morrison, J. F., Jiang, W., Li, J. and Smits, A. J., "Additional Measurements and Analysis of High Reynolds Number Fully-Developed Pipe Flow." Advances in Turbulence IX, Proceedings of the Ninth European Turbulence Conference, Eds. I.P. Castro, P.E. Hancock, and T.G. Thomas, CIMNE, Barcelona, 2002.

101. McKeon, B. J. and and Smits, A. J., Static Pressure Correction in High Reynolds-number Fully-Developed Turbulent Pipe Flows. Measurement Science and Technology, Vol. 13, #10, pp. 1608-1614, 2002.

102. Smits, A. J. and Ogg, S., Aerodynamics of the golf ball. Chapter 9, Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

103. Delo, C., Kelso, R.M. and Smits, A.J., Three-Dimensional Structure of a Low Reynolds Number Turbulent Boundary Layer. To appear Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2003.

104. McKeon, B. J., Li, J. D., Jiang, W., Morrison, J. F. and Smits, A. J., Pitot probe corrections in fully-developed turbulent pipe flow. To appear Measurement Science and Technology, 2003.

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