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    Purdue University

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    Tom Shih is professor and head of Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Previously, he was professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University (2003-09). He has also held faculty positions at Michigan State University (1998-2003), Carnegie Mellon University (1988-98), and the University of Florida (1983-88) and was a mechanical engineer at NASA – Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center (1981-82). He started his undergraduate education at West Virginia University but completed his B.S. degree at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1976. He received his M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1977 and 1981, respectively. Professor Shih’s research centers on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) – both in developing and improving it as a tool and in using it to study physical problems. He and his students have developed a number of algorithms and codes for studying reacting and non-reacting, compressible and incompressible flows. Algorithms and codes have also been developed for automatic/knowledge-based grid generation and estimating errors in CFD solutions. In using CFD, Shih and his students have studied a wide range of problems in energy, power, and propulsion systems, including piston and Wankel rotary engines, automotive torque converters, control of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions by bleed for supersonic aircraft, aerodynamics of iced airfoils and wings, and internal and film cooling of gas turbine components. In these endeavors, Shih has authored and co-authored more than 200 technical papers in journals and conferences; presented over 160 invited seminars, lectures, and workshops; and served as advisor and co-advisor to 21 PhD and 45 MS students. Professor Shih is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA.


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