William K. George
William Kenneth George (born 1945) is an American fluid dynamicist and Professor of turbulence at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also the director of the Turbulence Research Laboratory at Chalmers. George is known for his research on both theoretical and experimental turbulence.
Education and career
Born in Camp Shelby, Mississippi in 1945, George graduated from Cambridge, Maryland High School as valedictorian. He received his BES degree from in 1967 from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He continued at Johns Hopkins for doctoral work and received his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of John L. Lumley in 1971. In 1968, he joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he held positions in both Aerospace Engineering and the Applied Research Laboratory. In 1974, he left Pennsylvania State University and joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has been a Chair Professor since 1980. George joined the Department of Applied Mechanics at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden in September 2000 as professor of turbulence.
His research focus is in the area of turbulence and its applications and is known for his work on both theoretical and experimental turbulence. His contributions range from measurements in gas turbines and automotive components, to fundamental studies of turbulent shear and wall-bounded flows. He has authored several hundred papers in this area. George has supervised 25 Ph.D. students and an equal number of MS students.
Honors and awards
George is a fellow of the American Physical Society since 1988. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He is a recipient of Freeman Scholar Award of ASME in 2008 and Robert T. Knapp Award from the ASME Fluids Engineering Division 2002 for the best paper in 2001.
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