The 2020 Batchelor Prize in Fluid Mechanics
It is with pleasure that the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics jointly announce the award of the 2020 G K Batchelor Prize in Fluid Mechanics to Professor Alexander J. Smits, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. This prize was founded by and is sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics of Cambridge University Press.
The prize will be presented to Professor Smits at ICTAM2020 where he will deliver the Batchelor Prize Plenary Lecture which will be published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and be made freely available on the Cambridge Journals website.
The Prize is awarded for Professor Smits’ seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure of wall turbulence at very large Reynolds and Mach numbers, especially through the design of innovative experiments and measurement devices, and also for pioneering work on bio-inspired propulsion and on drag reduction using modified surfaces. Some of his most influential contributions are concerned with the behaviour and scaling of wall turbulence at extreme conditions, most notably its asymptotic behaviour at high Reynolds numbers, as well as its response to perturbations, especially shock waves, and to changes in Mach number. In addition he has also inspired interest in biomimetic flows, including propulsion, energy harvesting and vortex dynamics, often with the practical objective of improving the efficiency of fluid-based systems.
practical objective of improving the efficiency of fluid-based systems. Professor Smits has received numerous honors and awards, has served on many academic, industrial, and governmental panels, and has served on the editorial boards of several top journals, including his now being the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Smits remarked on winning this prestigious prize: “I am thrilled to be recognized by the Batchelor Prize, and would like to thank all the people at IUTAM and elsewhere who made it possible. Also, my sincere thanks to Cambridge University Press for initiating this prize, and for their continued sponsorship.”
Past winners of the Batchelor Prize:
- 2016 – Raymond E. Goldstein
- 2012 – Detlef Lohse
- 2008 – Howard Stone
The 2020 Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics
It is with pleasure that the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Elsevier jointly announce the award of the 2020 Rodney Hill Prize in Solid Mechanics to Professor Vikram Sudhir Deshpande of the University of Cambridge. This prize was founded by and is sponsored by Elsevier.
The prize will be presented to Professor Deshpande at ICTAM2020 where he will deliver the Hill Prize Plenary Lecture.
Dr. Deshpande is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. After obtaining a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, he moved to Cambridge University, where he received his Ph.D. in Engineering in 1998.
During his distinguished career Deshpande has made seminal contributions in mechanics of materials, ranging from the design of micro-architectured materials to modelling soft and active materials.
He is the world-leading authority in his generation in the emerging subject of microstructural mechanics. His research output is prodigious, with a steeply rising profile, and he combines deep theoretical understanding with insightful experiments to unravel complex phenomena over a wide range of topics. These range from the impact on structures by the shock waves within a sand blast to the role of entropic forces in cell mechano-transduction.
A number of high-profile international researchers have interacted with him, and in many of these collaborations he took the intellectual lead. Deshpande’s breadth of interests, theoretical and experimental skills, and general influence on solid mechanics research worldwide make him one of the strongest contemporary contributors to the field.
Past winners of the Rodney Hill Prize:
- 2016 – Raymond Ogden
- 2012 – Huajian Gao
- 2008 – Michael Ortiz