Dr. Elain Oran Inducted into Women in Technology Hall of Fame

7/10/2002 - 39-02r
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Dr. Elaine S. Oran, Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics at NRL's Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, was formally inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in late June. She was honored for her research which has "contributed significantly to the advancement of the engineering profession by pioneering a computational technology, which has unified engineering, scientific and mathematical disciplines into a methodology for solving complex reactive flow problems."

WITI was established 13 years ago and their Hall of Fame was launched in 1996 to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions women make to the scientific and technological communities, which improve and advance our society. In addition to Dr. Oran, this year's inductees included Judy Estrin, CEO of Packet Design, and Dr. Caroline Kovac, General Manager, IBM Life Sciences. Inductees from recent years include, Duy-Loan Le, Janet Perna, Darlene Solomon, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Dr. Irene Greif, Dr. Darleane C. Hoffman, Dr. Jennie Hwang, and Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. WITI provides women in technology with education, conferences, on-line services, publications and a worldwide network of resources.

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 broad 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. She has over 300 publications to her credit, and these have been published in a wide range of scientific journals, proceedings, and magazines. With Dr. Jay P. Boris, she has coauthored the book Numerical Simulation of Reactive Flow, whose second edition was published by Cambridge University Press in 2001. Her current areas of research include microfluids (the dynamics of flows in micro- and nanodevices), the physics of deflagrations and detonations, and the physics of astrophysical supernovae.

Dr. Oran is a Fellow of the AIAA, a previous AIAA Vice President for Publications and a member of the AIAA Board of Directors. She is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society and one of the founders and previous chairs of the Society's Division of Computational Physics. She is on the Board of Directors of the Combustion Institute, and is Vice President of the Institute of the Dynamics of Energetic and Reactive Systems. She is currently a Managing Editor of the journal Shock Waves and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Physics.

In 1979, Dr. Oran 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." And in 2000, she received the Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal, prepared by the Russian Academy of Sciences for the Combustion Institute, and given for "outstanding contributions to the theory of combustion and detonations." In 2001 she became an Honorary Professor of the University of Wales. In 2002 she received the Dryden Lectureship in Research Award, presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Oran received her A.B. degree in physics and chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1966. 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. She has been at NRL since 1972.

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