Dr. Elaine Oran Receives Ya B. Zeldovich Gold Medal

9/21/2000 - 55-00r
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Dr. Elaine S. Oran, Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) received the Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal from the Combustion Institute on August 3, 2000. The Combustion Institute biennially awards three gold medals to distinguished researchers in the broad area of combustion science and technology. The Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal, which was prepared by the Russian Academy of Sciences, was awarded for "outstanding contributions to the theory of combustion and detonations." The award was presented at the banquet of the 28th International Symposium on Combustion held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Dr. Oran is known for her pioneering applications of numerical simulation for solving problems in fluid dynamics and reacting flows. She has made pivotal contributions to a wide range of problems in combustion and propulsion, atmospheric physics, and solar physics and astrophysics. Her work has contributed to both basic science and to advanced engineering applications.

Dr. Oran is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a previous AIAA Vice President for Publications. She is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and one of the founders and previous chairs of the Division of Computational Physics.

In 1979, she received the Arthur S. Fleming Award and in 1988 the WISE Award in Science, given for achievement in science by Women in Science and Engineering. In 1999, she received the Oppenheim Prize for "outstanding contributions to the theory of the dynamics of explosions and reactive systems."

Dr. Oran received her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1968. She earned her M.Ph. degree in physics in 1968 and her Ph.D. degree in engineering and applied science in 1972, both from Yale University.

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