In Memoriam: Samueli School Distinguished Adjunct Professor Daniel D. Joseph

Distinguished Adjunct Professor Daniel D. Joseph, Ph.D., a world-renowned expert for nearly five decades in fluid mechanics, recently passed away. He was 82.

Joseph was a professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the University of Minnesota since 1963, where he served as the Russell J. Penrose Professor and Regent's Professor.  He became a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering in July 2005.Joseph received his M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1950. He received his B.S. (1959), M.S. (1960), and Ph.D. (1963) degrees in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Joseph authored 10 patents, 400 journal articles and six books. He contributed to many areas of fluid dynamics, including stability of fluid flow, irrotational motions of viscous and viscoelastic fluids and multi-phase flows. He received many national and international honors:  membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; G.I. Taylor Medalist, Society of Engineering Science; Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS); and winner of the Timoshenko Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Schlumberger Foundation Award, the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology, and the Fluid Dynamics Prize of the APS. He was also listed in the ISI Highly Cited Researchers.

Joseph’s contributions at UC Irvine in recent years included offerings of advanced graduate courses in special topics of fluid dynamics, mentoring of graduate students, and research collaborations with UC Irvine faculty and graduate students. The benefits of his expert knowledge, extraordinary analytical ability, interest in the development of young colleagues, pleasant personality, and good sense of humor will be very much missed.