WSE professors recognized for outstanding contributions to their fields

Somnath Ghosh, Rajat Mittal, and Natalia Trayanova receive honors

Somnath Ghosh, the Michael G. Callas Professor in the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Mineral, Metals, and Materials Society. This honor recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgy, materials science, and technology. Ghosh does research on computational mechanics of materials and structures, with a focus on multiscale structure-materials modeling and simulations, multiphysics modeling and simulation of multifunctional materials, materials characterization, process modeling, and emerging fields such as integrated computational materials engineering.

Rajat Mittal, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' 2021 Freeman Scholar Award, given annually to a person of significant expertise in fluids engineering. Mittal won the award in recognition of his pioneering work on immersed boundary methods, which played a major role in transforming what was primarily a method developed by applied mathematicians into a powerful tool that has seen widespread adoption by the fluid dynamics and engineering community. He will receive a $10,000 honorarium and deliver a lecture at the ASME 2021 Fluid Engineering Division Summer Meeting in August. He also will write a review article on the topic of immersed boundary method for the Journal of Fluids Engineering. The Freeman Scholar Program is supported by the ASME Freeman Fund and was established in 1970 by John R. Freeman, a noted hydraulic engineer and scholar, and honorary member and 24th president of ASME.

Natalia Trayanova, the Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2021 Douglas P. Zipes Lectureship Award, given jointly by the Heart Rhythm Society and the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology as a basic scientist. With this award and the society's Distinguished Scientist Award, which she received in 2019, Trayanova has been honored with both of the society's highest scientific honors. She is a pioneer in the use of 3D replicas of the heart and its electrical function that are personalized to individual patients with certain heart conditions. Her research aims to more precisely predict who is at risk for sudden death or stroke from ventricular or atrial fibrillation and determine what the optimal treatment is for these disorders.

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