Garry L. Brown
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-5263

Garry Brown has been the Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University since 1990. He came to Princeton after being the Director of the Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Department of Defense, in Melbourne, Australia and prior to that Professor of Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology. His research with Roshko, which reported the discovery of coherent structure in turbulent mixing layers, has been recognized by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics as a "classic paper." Work at Adelaide University, and subsequently with Mungal and Paul Dimotakis (at Caltech) developed a new way of conducting combustion experiments at high Reynolds numbers in highly-reactive gases. Work with Liepmann and Nosenchuck on the control of the boundary layer transition was an early result in the development of turbulence control and is currently being pursued by exploiting the Lorentz force as a mechanism for control. His paper with Lopez on axisymmetric vortex breakdown led to a new necessary criterion based on the development of negative azimuthal vorticity. Recent work with Ostriker and Ryu led to an identified instability in accreting astrophysical flow. His present research includes experiments in turbulent flows; turbulent-flow control using the Lorentz force, compressible-flow transition, and the fluid mechanics of a radiatively-driven hypersonic wind-tunnel (numerical predictions and experiments). He was a principal consultant on the redesign of the Solid Rocket Motor for the Titan IV Missile and is a consultant on the AIM9X and various other aerospace industry programs.

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