NJIT Professor Appointed to Prestigious National Engineering Committee

NEWARK, March 26--Nadine Aubry, Ph.D., professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) was appointed member at large to the U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

As a member at large, Aubry will help the committee, established in 1949 by the National Academy of Sciences, represent the United States in international scientific activities relating to the field of mechanics.

"Two things make her stand out," says Hassan Aref, Ph.D., chair of the committee."Her work bridges the gap between turbulence and chaos theory, and she's one of the few leading women in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics. Our committee truly values her expertise."

And Aubry, the only woman in New Jersey to chair a mechanical engineering department, says she's thrilled to join the committee.

"It's an honor," she says, "to have been made a member of this prestigious committee. And I, working along with my fellow committee members, hope to spur major contributions in the area of applied mechanics."

Aubry's own contribution to science is impressive. She is well known for her contributions to turbulence fluid mechanics and turbulence flow. More recently, she has been interested in laminar flows as well, such as those occurring in micro-devices. Aubry was the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers. She's a member-at-large of the executive committee of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the W.M. Keck Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund and private companies.

At NJIT, Aubry along with chairing the mechanical engineering department, is the F. Leslie and Mildred Jacobus Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Mathematical Sciences.

She is the director of the NJIT's Center for Micro-Flow Control and co-director of the W.M. Keck Laboratory of Fluid Dynamics of Suspensions, a biotechnology lab at NJIT whose world-class technology can help identify and kill deadly bacteria, viruses and cancer cells.

After receiving a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute (France), Aubry attended Cornell University, where she received a doctorate from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The U.S. National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is the focal point for the U.S. engineering, scientific and mathematical communities that have common interests in mechanics. It also serves as the national forum for defining major issues in mechanics research, technology, and education, suggesting strategies in areas of mutual concern and stimulating appropriate actions.


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