Dr. Jay Boris Elected to National Academy of Engineering


3/16/2009 - 22-09r
Contact: Donna McKinney, (202) 767-2541


Dr. Jay Paul Boris, Chief Scientist and Director for the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics (LCP&FD) at the Naval Research Laboratory, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Boris is recognized "for fundamental contributions in core computational fluid dynamics algorithms and their application to national problems." Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a scientist or engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Dr. Boris will be joining the Aerospace Section of NAE.

Dr. Boris is an internationally recognized authority and research leader in the fields of computational physics, fluid dynamics, reactive flow including turbulence and propulsion, the urban transport and dispersion of atmospheric contaminants relevant to the Global War on Terror, and plasma dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics for laboratory and space applications. He received his B.A. degree in Physics (1964) and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Astrophysical Sciences (1968) from Princeton University. After a year employment with Princeton University stationed at the Culham Laboratory in England, Dr. Boris joined the permanent staff of NRL in 1971 as a Senior Consultant in the Plasma Physics Division working on the physics of High Altitude Nuclear Explosions (HANE). He became an NRL Chief Scientist and Director of Code 6400, now a division level laboratory, in 1978.

Dr. Boris plans and leads research on advanced analytical and numerical capabilities and the engineering application of these new capabilities to solve problems vital to the Department of Defense (DoD), and the nation. To accomplish this, his expertise extends to the development and practical application of advanced computing architectures for parallel processing, to applied mathematics relevant to creating unique new solution methods, and to advanced applications of computer graphics. This expertise and leadership is recognized around the world, as evidenced by society fellowships, national and international awards, and invited lectures and prize lectureships. This also results in requests for help and technical collaboration from U.S. and foreign universities, industries, government laboratories, government agencies and other organizations. The high-fidelity simulation and design capabilities developed under his leadership act as technology accelerators with continuing important impacts on future propulsion, safety, and force protection programs.

His invention of Flux-Corrected Transport (FCT) in 1970 and his subsequent use of the FCT technology in proving the MILES approach for turbulence modeling has resulted in two books penned by international communities extolling these ground-breaking technologies. These fluid solution techniques also allowed NRL to develop the instant-response CT-Analyst model for urban defense and force protection against airborne weapons of mass destruction, another of Dr. Boris' major contributions.

Dr. Boris is a Fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member at The Combustion Institute, the American Physical Society, and the Washington Academy of Sciences.

He has received a number of honors and awards, including the AIAA 2005 Fluid Dynamics Prize, the Exceptional Service Award from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Office in 2001, the Captain Robert Dexter Conrad Award in 1990, and the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 1988.

Dr. Boris has published approximately 400 papers and journal articles including three books and over a dozen book chapters and invited review articles. He has given over 100 invited or keynote presentations at professional society meetings and conferences. He co-authored Numerical Simulation of Reactive Flow, the Ūrst book on the applications of numerical methods to reactive flows, published by Elsevier, 1987; second edition published by Cambridge University Press, 2001. His Flux-Corrected Transport innovations are honored in a book entitled FCT: Principles, Algorithms, and Applications by Elsevier, 2005 and his MILES turbulence innovations are honored in Implicit Large Eddy Simulation: Computing Turbulent Flows by Cambridge, 2007.



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