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Cranfield Academic honoured by AWE

Cranfield University : 14 March, 2008  (Company News)

Professor awarded the AWE’s prestigious William Penney Award
Cranfield University is pleased to announce that one of its leading academics, Professor Dimitris Drikakis, has been awarded the William Penney Fellowship by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Professor Drikakis was honoured with the award in recognition of his research in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Compressible Fluid Dynamics.

The AWE’s William Penney Award is named after Dr William Penney, a British Scientist who was an outstanding figure in the history of atomic energy. This highly-prestigious award, falling under the category of ‘A Distinguished Academic’, seeks to recognise and reward exceptional talent in the academic world and is part of the AWE’s Technical Outreach programme.

Professor Drikakis has made significant contributions to research on shock waves, turbulence, flow instabilities, material interfaces and turbulent mixing, through the development of novel computational methods and scientific computing. His research has greatly advanced the design physics and engineering capabilities of the UK aerospace and defence sectors, and has further opened new frontiers in CFD for complex unsteady flows and materials.

Dr Gary Burnell, Manager Corporate Technical Outreach at AWE commented, “We are very pleased to offer Professor Drikakis a William Penney Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding work in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Compressible Fluid Dynamics and for his support to our work. As Strategic Alliance partners since 2003, AWE and Cranfield University have a long history of interaction and we look forward to many more years of close collaboration, which this Fellowship will help to cement.”

Professor Drikakis, Head of the Department of Aerospace Sciences at Cranfield’s School of Engineering, said, “I am extremely proud of this distinguished award and feel honoured that the AWE has recognised my work in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Compressible Fluid Dynamics. This achievement is a milestone for me and provides me with leverage to continue my work in these areas.”

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