Howard Hu Elected to APS Fellowship Class of 2011

Howard Hu, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), has been elected to the 2011 Fellowship Class of the American Physical Society (APS). Hu was nominated by the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics for " pioneering contributions to the understanding of multiphase flows, particularly the direct numerical simulations of Newtonian and viscoelastic particulate flows."

One of the largest scholarly societies and journal publishers in the field of physics, APS annually recognizes a small percentage of its membership for making lasting contributions in their subfields and specialties with this honor. A fellowship election is a distinct honor because the evaluation process, conducted by the Fellowship committees of individual divisions, topical groups and forums, is done entirely by one's professional peers.

Hu's research involves simulating particle flow in Newtonian fluids, like water, and non-Newtonian fluids, like ketchup or Silly Putty. The viscosity of non-Newtonian fluids can be altered by applying force, which explains how ketchup can be coaxed out of a bottle by tapping the side, and it has implications in many industrial and biological contexts. 

To read more about Hu and his research, please visit his faculty profile.