Edwards Elected AIAA Fellow

Edwards, Jack

Dr. Jack R. Edwards, Angel Family Professor and Director of Aerospace Research, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society.

AIAA confers the distinction of Fellow upon individuals in recognition of their notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics and astronautics. Nominees are AIAA Associate Fellows. Since the inception of this honor, 1,980 distinguished persons have been elected as a  Fellow.

Dr. Jack Edwards was selected for his significant contributions in computational fluid dynamics algorithm development and turbulence simulation techniques with impact to the Nation’s high-speed aero-propulsion applications. When asked about this notable achievement, Edwards said, “I am very appreciative of this recognition and owe a lot of it to my students, post-docs, and colleagues who helped me develop the groundwork for these simulation techniques.” 

Dr. Edwards holds the Angel Family Professorship of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at North Carolina State University and currently serves as Director of Aerospace Research. Dr. Edwards received his B.S (1988), M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees from NC State and joined the faculty in 1994. From 2016-2020, he served as Associate Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Programs in MAE. He is an expert in computational fluid dynamics algorithm development, simulation and modeling of turbulent flows, and simulation and modeling of reacting and multi-phase flows. His current research thrusts include large-eddy simulations of turbulent combustion within high-speed aero-propulsion devices, modeling of hypersonic wall-bounded flows, scramjet fuel-injection processes, contaminant transport due to human motion, and GPU-based high-performance computing.  He is the author or co-author of over 250 technical publications, and his research efforts have been supported by AFOSR, ARO, ONR, U.S. EPA, DARPA, DTRA, NSF, Sandia National Labs, and AFRL, among others.

“The Class of 2021 AIAA Honorary Fellows and Fellows are among the best minds in our profession. I commend each member of this year’s Class on their career accomplishments and dedication to  furthering our industry,” said Basil Hassan, AIAA president and alumnus of NC State Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “This distinguished set of individuals has earned the respect and gratitude of the aerospace community for their creativity and valued contributions to better understanding our universe and mentoring future generations of aerospace professionals.”

“AIAA takes great pride in honoring this Class of Honorary Fellows and Fellows. These professionals have distinguished themselves by their significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace community.  Their passion, accomplishment and dedication to the industry are worthy of this recognition. They are the inspiration to aspire to even greater heights for the generations that follow,” added Dan  Dumbacher, AIAA Executive Director. 

For more information on the AIAA Honors Program, AIAA Honorary Fellows, or AIAA Fellows, please contact Patricia A. Carr at patriciac@aiaa.org