Löhner Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Posted: February 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The School of Computational Sciences recently recognized Rainald Löhner, professor and chair of the Fluid and Materials Program, with the Second Annual Distinguished Faculty Award. The award was given for his substantive and innovative contributions to the field of computational fluid dynamics.

Löhner is the author of more than 200 scientific papers and the textbook “Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics Techniques.” He is the principal author of the FEFLO CFD software suite used by academia, industry and government for the simulation of compressible and incompressible flows in and around ships, cars, airplanes, buildings, arteries and lungs and process modeling.

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Rainald Löhner at the recent award presentation.
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The software developed by his group has been used to carry out simulations of the explosions of the World Trade Center in 1993, the American Embassy in Nairobi, and the Challenger Space Shuttle; the inflation of airbags; flows in the carotid, renal, and cerebral arteries; and chip cooling.

His many scientific contributions to his field cover a wide spectrum, including data pre-processing, fast and robust grid generation techniques for complex geometries, high resolution schemes for compressible and incompressible flows, acoustics and electromagnetics, adaptive mesh refinement, error estimation, adjoint solvers, optimal shape and process design, numerical techniques for optimal use of supercomputing hardware, visualization and fluid-structure-thermal interaction.

Löhner was born in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, in what was then West Germany. He earned a Diplom Ingenieur in Maschinenbau (MSc in Mechanical Engineering) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, and a PhD and DSc in Civil Engineering from the University College of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

He received the Computational Mechanics Achievements Award from the Computational Mechanics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering. He is an advisory professor of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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