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Mathematics Professor Luo Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society

Li Shi Luo

Li Shi Luo, Old Dominion University's Richard F. Barry Jr. Distinguished Endowed Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his work in fluid dynamics.

There are now 12 ODU faculty members to have been so honored by the APS.

A citation from the APS states that Luo's election is "for his seminal contributions to the theoretical understanding and applications of the lattice Boltzmann equation and other kinetic methods."

Luo, a leading researcher in the ODU College of Sciences, has expertise in computational mechanics and scientific computing that is useful in numerous fields. Before coming to ODU in 2004, he worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center, and the National Institute of Aerospace. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering and his master's and Ph.D. are in physics, the latter from Georgia Tech.

Many of the journal articles Luo has written touch upon the theories of the 19th-century Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann pertaining to movement and energy of particles in gases. The so-called lattice Boltzmann methods (LBM) are the bases for an advanced simulation technique for complex flows that ushers computational fluid dynamics away from models based on flows in a continuum-which treats a quantity of gas something like one, large blob-and toward simulations of imaginary particles as they propagate and collide in consecutive processes within an imaginary lattice mesh.

"I must admit that I am much humbled by this honor," Luo said. "This would not be possible without support from my esteemed colleagues. It is important to note that the work we do here at ODU receives recognition worldwide."

Research papers authored or co-authored by Luo have received more than 3,100 citations. Luo can claim the top-cited article to be published during the past five years in both the Journal of Computational Physics and the journal Computers and Fluids.

ODU's 11 other APS fellows are in the Department of Physics.

"Dr. Luo's research program is exemplary, and he certainly deserves this honor from the American Physical Society," said Chris Platsoucas, dean of the College of Sciences. "We are pleased to have him join our distinguished physics faculty members as Fellows."

APS Fellows from the ODU physics department are Charles Hyde, professor; Anatoly Radyushkin, professor and eminent scholar; Mark Havey, professor and eminent scholar; Rocco Schiavilla, professor and eminent scholar; Jay Wallace Van Orden, professor and eminent scholar; Lepsha Vuskovic, professor and eminent scholar; Lawrence Weinstein, professor and university professor; Colm Whelan, professor and eminent scholar; Jean Delayen, professor; Sebastian Kuhn, professor and eminent scholar; and Geoffrey Krafft, Jefferson Lab professor.

This article was posted on: November 22, 2010

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