Professor David Boger FRS FAA FTSE, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, has been named a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) – one of 84 new members.
Professor Boger, an ATSE Fellow since 1989, was honoured “for discoveries and fundamental research on elastic and particulate fluids and their application to waste minimisation in the minerals industry.”
The 2017 election of 84 new members and 22 foreign members brings the total US membership to 2,281 and the number of foreign members to 249.
NAE membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to "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."
Newly elected members will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE’s annual meeting in Washington in October.
Professor Boger’s contributions to fundamental research in fluid mechanics are highlighted by a class of fluids which now bear his name globally – Boger Fluids.
These fluids are constant-viscosity elastic (non-Newtonian) fluids that behave as both liquids and solids.
The detailed experimental investigations using such materials to define fluid elasticity effects in important flows, the linking of basic surface chemistry to the continuum properties and processing of particulate fluids and the development of novel methods for flow property measurement have resulted in significant industrial outcomes in the petroleum, food, polymer and minerals industries.
For a lifetime of pioneering work in fluid mechanics, at both Monash and the University of Melbourne, Professor Boger received the 2005 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
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