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MechE professor Donald Rockwell '65G, '68 Ph.D. earns international honors

The exploration into the physics of fluid flows have once again earned international recognition for one of the university's own.

It was announced that Lehigh alum and professor Donald Rockwell '65G, '68 Ph.D., the Paul B. Reinhold Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, has been chosen to receive the 2013 Fluid Dynamics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

The award honors Rockwell's outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavior of liquids and gases in motion as related to needs in aeronautics and astronautics.

Rockwell was cited for his advancement in research showing the understanding of the complex physics of vortices that occur in a range of flows—from the breaking of ocean waves to the beating of insect wings to the flow of blood from a catheter.

He was recognized three years ago for his research in Experiments in Fluids, the premiere journal his field. The entire issue was dedicated to Rockwell for his contributions to the journal and to the field of fluid mechanics.

Rockwell will receive the award at AIAA’s meeting this summer in San Diego and will also deliver the Fluid Dynamics Award Lecture.

Rockwell earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh in 1965 and 1968, respectively. He was appointed to the faculty in 1970.

Read the full story on Rockwell's latest achievment in the Lehigh News area.

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