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Andrea Prosperetti, Bubble Dynamics Expert, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 14, 2012
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Andrea Prosperetti, a Johns Hopkins professor who is an internationally respected expert in the mechanics of fluids, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the organization has announced.

Election to the academy is considered among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.

Prosperetti, who is the Charles A. Miller Jr. Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering, was recognized for “contributions to the fundamentals and applications of multiphase flows.”

Andrea Prosperetti - Photo by Jay VanRensselaer/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Andrea Prosperetti - Photo by Jay VanRensselaer/homewoodphoto.jhu.edu

Multiphase flows include the bottom transport of sediment in rivers, the boiling of a liquid in a power generation plant, the complex gas-liquid mixture in an oil pipeline and other situations in which solids, liquids and gases flow together. His work focuses mainly on bubble dynamics, fluid-particle flows, computational fluid dynamics and acoustics.

Prosperetti said he hopes his election to the academy, which was announced Feb. 9, will shed positive attention on his department. “I think this represents recognition for the conditions that enabled me to do good work at Johns Hopkins,” he said.

Nicholas P. Jones, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, said he has known Prosperetti “since he was driving a Buick Skylark at Caltech, back when he was a visiting faculty member, and I was a graduate student. Having known him for this long, I can say that this is a fitting recognition for the many contributions he’s made to our understanding of some very complex problems. We are thrilled to see him recognized in this way.”

Prosperetti received a doctorate in engineering science from Caltech in 1974 and taught at the University of Milan, Italy, before joining Johns Hopkins in 1985. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow. He also has served on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics and as editor for the Letters section of The Physics of Fluid.

Prosperetti is author or co-author of about 180 papers in refereed journals. He is author of the book Advanced Mathematics for Applications and is co-author of two other books.

In addition to his work at Johns Hopkins, Prosperetti is the Berkhoff Professor of Applied Physics in the Department of Applied Sciences of the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

This year the National Academy of Engineering elected 66 new members and 10 foreign associates, bringing the total U.S. membership to 2,254 and the number of foreign associates to 206.

Other Johns Hopkins faculty members who are members of the academy are Edmund Y.S. Chao, a retired School of Medicine professor of orthopedic surgery; Kenneth Keller, director of the School of Advanced International Studies’ Bologna Center; Robert A. Dalrymple, the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering; Murray B. Sachs, University Distinguished Service Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Eugene D. Shchukin, a Whiting School research professor emeritus; and James E. West, a research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Color digital photo of Andrea Prosperetti available; contact Phil Sneiderman.

Related links:
Andrea Prosperetti’s Web page: http://www.me.jhu.edu/prosper/
Johns Hopkins Department of Mechanical Engineering: http://www.me.jhu.edu/


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