Mohamed Gad-el-Hak Ph.D.
Professor Gad-el-Hak is world renowned for advancing several novel diagnostic tools for turbulent flows, including the laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique for flow visualization; for discovering the efficient mechanism via which a turbulent region rapidly grows by destabilizing a surrounding laminar flow; for conducting the seminal experiments that detailed the fluid–compliant surface interactions in turbulent boundary layers; for introducing the concept of targeted control to achieve drag reduction, lift enhancement and mixing augmentation in wall-bounded flows; and for developing a novel viscous pump suited for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications.Gad-el-Hak has since taught and conducted research at the University of Southern California, University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, Universit´e de Poitiers, Friedrich-Alexander-Universit¨at Erlangen-N¨urnberg, Technische Universit¨at M¨unchen, and Technische Universit¨at Berlin, and has lectured extensively at seminars in the United States and overseas. Dr. Gad-el-Hak is currently the Inez Caudill Eminent Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Prior to his Notre Dame’s appointment as Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Gad-el-Hak was Senior Research Scientist and Program Manager at Flow Research Company in Seattle, Washington, where he managed a variety of aerodynamic and hydrodynamic research projects.
Gad-el-Hak’s work on Reynolds number effects in turbulent boundary layers, published in 1994, marked a significant paradigm shift in the subject. His 1999 paper on the fluid mechanics of microdevices established the fledgling field on firm physical grounds and is one of the most cited articles of the 1990s.
Gad-el-Hak holds two patents: one for a drag-reducing method for airplanes and underwater vehicles and the other
for a lift-control device for delta wings. Dr. Gad-el-Hak has published over 460 articles, authored/edited 18 books and
conference proceedings, and presented 255 invited lectures in the basic and applied research areas of isotropic turbulence, boundary layer flows, stratified flows, fluid–structure interactions, compliant coatings, unsteady aerodynamics, biological flows, non-Newtonian fluids, hard and soft computing including genetic algorithms, reactive flow control, and microelectromechanical systems. Gad-el-Hak’s papers have been cited well over 1300 times in the technical literature, and some of his work has been translated into the Czech language, French, German, Japanese, and Turkish. He is the author of the book “Flow Control: Passive, Active, and Reactive Flow Management,” and editor of the books “Frontiers in Experimental Fluid Mechanics,” “Advances in Fluid Mechanics Measurements,” “Flow Control: Fundamentals and Practices,” “The MEMS Handbook (first and second editions),” “Transition and Turbulence Control,” and “Large-Scale Disasters: Prediction, Control and Mitigation.”
EducationProfessor Gad-el-Hak received his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Ain Shams University in 1966 and his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1973.
Career HighlightsProfessor Gad-el-Hak is a fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, a fellow and life member of the American
Physical Society, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the European Mechanics Society. He has recently been inducted as an eminent engineer in Tau Beta Pi, an honorary member in Sigma Gamma Tau and Pi Tau Sigma, and a member-at-large in Sigma Xi. From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Gad-el-Hak served as Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal. He is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of e-MicroNano.com, Associate Editor of Applied Mechanics Reviews and e-Fluids, editorial advisor to the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, as well as Contributing Editor of Springer-Verlag’s Lecture Notes in Engineering and Lecture Notes in Physics, of McGraw-Hill’s Year Book of Science and Technology and Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, and of CRC Press’ Mechanical Engineering Series.
AwardsDr. Gad-el-Hak served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate at the University of Notre
Dame, member of the University Committee on Patents, chair of the Benefits Committee, and chair of the University
Governance Committee. He serves as consultant to the governments of Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and the United States, the United Nations, and numerous industrial organizations. Professor Gad-el-Hak has been a member of several advisory panels for DOD, DOE, NASA and NSF. During the 1991/1992 academic year, he was a visiting professor at Institut de M´ecanique de Grenoble, France. During the summers of 1993, 1994 and 1997, Dr. Gad-el-Hak was, respectively, a distinguished faculty fellow at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island, a visiting exceptional professor at Universit´e de Poitiers, France, and a Gastwissenschaftler (guest scientist) at Forschungszentrum Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany. In 1998, Professor Gad-el-Hak was named the Fourteenth ASME Freeman Scholar. In 1999, Gad-el-Hak was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Prize—Germany’s highest research award for senior U.S. scientists and scholars in all disciplines—as well as the Japanese Government Research Award for Foreign Scholars. In 2002, Gad-el-Hak was named ASME Distinguished Lecturer, as well as inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars.
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