Matalon honored with AIAA Fluid Dynamics Award


Caterpillar Distinguished Professor Moshe Matalon was recently honored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with the 2016 Fluid Dynamics Award. He was presented the award for his outstanding “contributions to the development of combustion theory, for revolutionizing understanding of chemically reacting flows, and for work on the hydrodynamic theory of premixed flames.”
Matalon’s research focuses on combustion and chemically reacting flows. He is internationally renowned for his numerous contributions to the development of combustion theory in the last three decades, including the structure and dynamics of premixed and diffusion flames, combustion instabilities, flame stabilization and dynamics of edge flames, wrinkled and turbulent flames, burning of condensed fuels, and spray combustion. He is particularly known for his contributions to the hydrodynamic theory of multi-dimensional and time-dependent premixed flames and the derivation of a well-known expression for the flame speed and its relation to flame stretch. His work in this field has enabled fundamental understanding of flame dynamics, onset of instabilities and flame extinction in various configurations, and is currently used by his research group to study the propagation of the ubiquitous turbulent flames.
Before joining the MechSE department in 2007, Matalon was a professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University for 25 years. He began his career as an assistant professor in the Aeronautical Laboratories of the Polytechnic Institute of New York in Farmingdale, NY. 
He earned a PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1977, an MS in engineering sciences from Tel Aviv University in 1973, and a BS in applied mathematics and physics in 1969, also from Tel Aviv University. He was named a Fellow of AIAA in 2012. 
Matalon will be formally honored in June at AIAA’s AVIATION and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, where he will deliver the 2016 Fluid Dynamics Lecture.
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