Vision Series Presents Rainald Löhner

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

Rainald Lohner
Rainald Löhner
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The Vision Series continues on Monday, Dec. 4, when Rainald Löhner, head of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Center of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences, presents “Computational Sciences: The Third Pillar of the Empirical Sciences.”

The presentation begins at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus. The program and following reception are free and open to the public but tickets are required. Visit the Box Office or go online to reserve tickets.

Over the last two decades, strides in the computational sciences have had a major impact on the mechanics of gathering and producing knowledge in all realms of the empirical sciences. Computational experiments and analysis are commonplace across all the sciences, existing alongside the more traditional means of experimentation and analysis.

For example, in engineering, numerical wind- and water-tunnel models revolutionized the design and analysis of products and processes. Now, the computational sciences have become the “third pillar” of the empirical sciences. Moreover, computational sciences may, in many fields, become the dominant form of knowledge acquisition.

In this talk, Löhner will explore the reasons for these developments, provide an outlook for the future in real scientific applications and describe examples from his own real-world expertise in computational fluid dynamics.

Born in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, in what was then West Germany, Löhner earned his Diplom Ingenieur in Maschinenbau (master of science in mechanical engineering) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, and a PhD in civil engineering from the University College of Swansea, Wales, UK.

He also received a doctorate in science in civil engineering from the University College of Swansea, as well as the Computational Mechanics Achievements Award from the Computational Mechanics Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Löhner’s scientific contributions cover a wide spectrum. He is the author of more than 200 scientific papers, as well as a textbook on applied computational fluid dynamics techniques. He is also the principal author of the FEFLO CFD software suite, currently used in process modeling and by academia, industry and government in the simulation of compressible and incompressible flows in and around ships, cars, airplanes, buildings, arteries and lungs.

Löhner was recently recognized with the distinguished professor award from George Mason for “wide-ranging contributions to the field of computational fluid dynamics.”

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