Papamoschou to Chair Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Jet Noise Expert Appointed Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Professor Dimitri Papamoschou recently was named department chair, succeeding Professor Said Elghobashi, who served as chair for five years. "Our goal is to be ranked among the nation's top ten mechanical and aerospace engineering departments in the near future," says Papamoschou. "We deserve this distinction because our faculty are of outstanding quality. They are world-renowned experts in their fields and have received the highest honors: three are members of the National Academy of Engineering, eight are Fellows of professional societies, and several have received CAREER awards from premier federal agencies. To reach this ambitious target, we need extraordinary growth in graduate students and research funding, as well as establishment of long-term, mutually productive relations with industry. We also plan to refine and upgrade our curricula to fulfill the ever-increasing demands of engineering education in the 21st century and provide our undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional educational experience."

An expert in compressible turbulent flows, Papamoschou has in recent years turned his attention to suppressing noise from jet engines. He holds two patents on innovative methods for reducing noise from supersonic aircraft, and one patent is pending on silencing commercial turbofan engines. His other interests include infrared signature suppression from military airplanes, gaseous mixing in high-speed flows and respiratory fluid dynamics.

Papamoschou joined the department in 1988 as assistant professor. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology. He is Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the American Physical Society. To learn more about him, visit