Thomas C. Corke
Clark Equipment Professor of Engineering
The founding director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Flow Physics and Control (FlowPAC) and director of the Hessert Laboratory for Aerospace Research, Thomas Corke has made numerous and significant contributions to the field of fluid mechanics. His research on plasma has been emulated worldwide for flow control applications.
Corke, who is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Physical Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is the author of Design of Aircraft, which has been adopted as the capstone design text in more than a dozen aerospace departments across the United States and in numerous programs around the world.
Corke served as a member of the National Academy of Engineering committee that issued a survey aimed at guiding the future of NASA’s aeronautical research. Under his leadership, FlowPAC has become one of Notre Dame’s fastest-growing and most successful research centers. In 2007, Corke was the recipient of the UND President's Research Achievement Award, and in 2010, he was the recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerodynamics Award.
This professorship was established in 1989, by the Clark Equipment Co., which was acquired by Ingersoll-Rand in 1995. Founded in 1903, the company was a major designer, manufacturer, and supplier of materials-handling and construction equipment.