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Elaine Oran recognized with Honorary Doctorate from INSA

The INSA recognized Aerospace Engineering Professor Elaine Oran with an Honorary Doctorate during their 30- year Anniversary Program on April 3.| Short Read

The INSA recognized Aerospace Engineering Professor Elaine Oran with an Honorary Doctorate during their 30- year Anniversary Program on April 3. This honorary doctorate recognized the work, career or involvement of a distinguished scholar within a community and their extraordinary careers in research in areas closely related to themes of INSA. This is Oran’s third honorary doctorate. She received the Honorary Doctorate of Science from Leeds University in 2010 and the Docteur Honoris Causa from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 2006.

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IMAGE:  Adjunct Professor Elaine Oran pictured front row, 5th from the left.

Oran is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Aerospace Engineering as of 2005. She joined the University of Maryland in 2013 as a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, and she is an affiliate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Her research includes work on chemically reactive flows, turbulence, numerical analysis, high-performance computing and parallel architectures, shocks and shock interactions, rarefied gases, and microfluidics, with applications to combustion, propulsion, astrophysical explosions and micro-sensor design. She is both a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as both an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Fellow and an AIAA Honorary Fellow. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Physical Society (APS). In 2013, APS awarded Oran the 2013 Fluid Dynamics Prize for her “seminal contributions to the understanding of reactive flows through computational simulations, especially the deflagration-to-detonation transition in gases and supernovae.” Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Oran was the Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory where she was responsible for carrying out theoretical and computational research on the fluid and molecular properties of complex dynamic systems and where she continues to serve as an Emeritus Scientist.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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