Ali H. Nayfeh

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Ali Hasan Nayfeh
Born 21 December 1933
West Bank town of Shuwaikah in Palestine
Fields Aerodynamics, perturbation methods, nonlinear dynamics and chaos
Alma mater Stanford University

Ali Hasan Nayfeh (born 21 December 1933 in the West Bank town of Shuwaikah / Tulkarm in Palestine) is the inaugural winner of the Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award. He received his B.S. on engineering science (1962) and his M.S. (1963) and PhD (1964) in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He is currently University Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech since 1976. He is the Editor of Wiley Series in Nonlinear Science and editor in Chief of Nonlinear Dynamics.[1] He was editor in chief of the Journal of Vibration and Control from 1995 until his retirement in May 2014 after an investigation uncovered a “peer review and citation ring” which resulted in the retraction of 60 papers from the journal

He holds honorary doctorates from Marine Technical University, Russia, Technical University of Munich, Germany, and Politechnika Szczecinsksa, Poland.

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Prof. Nayfeh is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Design and Process Science, and the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM).


Prof. Nayfeh received AIAA’s Pendray Aerospace Literature Award in 1995; ASME’s J. P. Den Hartog Award in 1997; the Frank J. Maher Award for Excellence in Engineering Education in 1997; ASME’s Lyapunov Award in 2005; the Virginia Academy of Science’s Life Achievement in Science Award in 2005; the Gold Medal of Honor from the Academy of Trans-Disciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies in 2007; and the Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award in 2008.

In 2014, Prof. Nayfeh was awarded the Benjamin Franklin medal in mechanical engineering. [2]


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