In Memoriam: Samueli School Professor Carl A. Friehe

Professor Carl A. Friehe, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, passed away on September 1, 2011, after a long illness. Professor Friehe battled his illness valiantly and stayed active until the very end. 

Professor Friehe was enormously respected as a scholar, teacher, colleague and person. He made profound contributions to his research fields focusing on geophysical turbulence, micrometeorology and instrumentation. He was a pillar of his research community with deep involvement in Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and National Science Foundation (NSF). His contributions to our School and University are innumerable.

Professor Friehe was an exemplary teacher and devoted mentor who educated countless students and researchers. He served the Department (Mechanical Engineering, later Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), School and University with dedication and distinction.  Professor Friehe’s academic impact extended beyond the School  to the Department of Earth System Science in the School of Physical Sciences where he held a joint appointment.

On a personal level, we remember him for his kindness, generosity, collegiality and sense of humor.  His passing is a profound loss to his family, friends, colleagues and our community.