Papamoschou recognized for his outstanding contributions to aeronautics
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently elected Dimitri Papamoschou, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to the grade of AIAA Fellow, a prestigious distinction awarded to those who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.
Papamoschou has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UC Irvine since 1988, and has established himself as one of the leading experts in high speed flows and aeroacoustics. His significant research contributions began during his Ph.D. studies at Caltech in the early 1980s, including thesis work on supersonic shear layers illuminating for the first time the effect of compressibility on the turbulent growth rate under a variety of free stream conditions. The results of this research are now used extensively in works related to compressible mixing layers.
Following his Ph.D. studies, Papamoschou continued to investigate mixing layers, which led to discoveries that impact mixing and noise generation. In the mid-1990s, he became involved in jet aeroacoustics, building unique facilities at UC Irvine for the study of jet noise. Papamoschou showed the potential for noise reduction by reshaping the velocity profile of the flow that exits the engine exhaust. His efforts have resulted in patented technologies to reduce noise from turbofan engines powering subsonic and supersonic aircraft. Papamoschou’s inventions have influenced research at NASA, as well as industry peers and partners, where several of his concepts are being evaluated using large-scale tests and computations. In addition, he is developing special implementations of microphone phased arrays for locating and distinguishing the various types of noise sources present in turbulent high-speed jets.
Recently, Papamoschou’s research has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, Boeing Company, Goodrich Corporation, Aerion Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, and the National University of Singapore.
Papamoschou has also contributed substantially to the development of the aerospace curriculum at UC Irvine, and has taught a variety of courses including fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, flight mechanics, turbulence, and applied mathematics, as well as served as chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Papamoschou is a member of the American Physical Society.