By Constanze Ditterich
Chemical engineering distinguished professor and dean of the College of Engineering Jennifer Sinclair Curtis was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) upon the recommendation of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics.
APS Fellowship is a distinct honor that recognizes members who have made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology, or in service to the profession through teaching, service or participation in APS. This fellowship is a distinct honor, as only one half of one percent of the society’s members is elevated to that status each year.
Curtis becomes the seventh active faculty member in the College of Engineering to receive the honor and the first in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She was honored for, “seminal research advancements in understanding particulate flow phenomena and for the development of predictive models.”
She is credited with models of particulate flow that have been adopted extensively in commercial and open-source computational fluid dynamics software packages. She was also the first to partner with ANSYS Fluent to greatly expand the multi-phase simulation capability of the code which is used by 96 of the 100 biggest industrial companies in the world and over 40,000 customers.
The American Physical Society is a nonprofit organization that works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through research journals, scientific meetings, education, outreach and advocacy. The APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, established in 1947, focuses on the physics of fluids with special emphasis on the dynamical theories of the liquid, plastic and gaseous states of matter under all conditions of temperature and pressure.
Curtis will be presented her certificate at the 73rd annual meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, which will be held virtually from November 22-24.