Alexander Smits

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Alexander John Smits
Born December 25, 1948
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Residence Princeton, NJ, United States
Nationality Australian-American
Education Ph.D. University of Melbourne, Australia, (1975)
Alma mater University of Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Professor, Chairman
Employer Princeton University
Title Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Alexander Smits (born December 25, 1948) is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He is also the director of the Gas dynamics laboratory at Princeton. Smits received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1970. Subsequently he received his Ph.D. from Melbourne in 1975.[1]

Smits is an expert in the areas of turbulence and fluid mechanics, and is also the chief editor of, a website designed for students and researchers to share information about fluids. He is also currently an associate editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Turbulence. Smits is the head of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Princeton University. [2]

References in Pop Culture[edit]

Smits was referenced in an episode of Numb3rs, in which it was stated (with regard to fluid dynamics) that "there is some amazing work done by Prandtl, Euler, and Smits."[3]