2014 Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize

Wygy

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Congratulates Professor Israel J. Wygnanski on winning the

2014 Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize

 

February 20, 2014 – Haifa, Israel. The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology congratulates Professor Israel J. Wygnanski, of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Arizona, on winning the 2014 Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize. The prize was awarded at the Gala Dinner of the 54th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences, February 19, 2014.

Professor Israel J. Wygnanski is being honored for his seminal research achievements in fundamental aspects of transitional and turbulent wall bounded and free shear flows, and control of flow separation and its aerodynamics applications. He contributed groundbreaking approaches, methods and facilities for investigating fundamental and applied aerodynamics and fluid dynamics problems, and is world-known for his major role in founding the new research area of flow control.

Prof. Wygnanski has been with the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Arizona since 1985. He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1964, on his research on “The Effects of Blowing and Jet Entrainment on the Characteristics of Airfoils”. In 1969/70 he was a Visiting Professor at the Technion’s Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering. In 1972 he joined Tel-Aviv University, and served as Lazarus Professor of Aerodynamics, Department Head, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, until 2003. Recently, Prof. Wygnanski served as a Senior Aerodynamicist at NASA Langley Research Center between 2009—2012.

Professor Wygnanski received many honors and awards, including the Texas A&M Frank Molina Lecturer Award, the AIAA Fluid Mechanics Medal, and several best paper awards. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He supervised more than 50 graduate students, four of whom are professors in Israel (two at Tel-Aviv University and two at the Technion).

The Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize is given by the Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering in memory of Professor Meir Hanin, who was one of its founding fathers. Prof. Hanin contributed to the development of supersonic aerodynamics and unsteady aerodynamics of oscillating wings and bodies, thus contributing to the field which became known in the 60’s as aeroelasticity. He was among the first to realize the importance of supersonic aerodynamics for re-entry from space. Prof. Hanin contributed to the Israel Aircraft Industries first aircraft designs, to RAFAEL, to the Israeli Air Force and to the development of the first Israeli rockets. He was Dean of Aeronautical Engineering at the Technion between 1961—62.

The Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize, of $10,000, is awarded once every two years for substantial scientific and/or technological achievements in aerospace sciences. The nominees must have some association with the Technion.


2014 Meir Hanin International Memorial Prize

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