Viola D. Hank Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Using large-scale computations to understand the mysteries of complex multiphase flows has occupied Professor Gretar Tryggvason for many years. He is, in particular, widely known for pioneering the development of direct numerical simulations of multiphase flows, where the detailed motion of bubbles, drops and big splashes is followed numerically, to help predict the performance of a broad range of processes such as boiling in nuclear reactors, chemical processes in bubble columns and atomization for the combustion of liquid fuel. His papers are widely cited and he has been recognized in many ways for his contributions. He has also served his professional community is several ways and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computational Physics.
Professor Tryggvason has a longstanding interest in engineering education. He has written extensively about it and helped develop new programs including, for example, the first US undergraduate program in Robotics Engineering.
Professor Tryggvason joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2010, after serving for ten years as the Head of Mechanical Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before that he was a faculty member at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Hank Professorship was created to honor the mother of three Notre Dame graduates and two Saint Mary’s College graduates. The funding for this chair was spearheaded by Viola’s son, the late Jerry Hank (’51). A longstanding member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees, Jerry is survived by his wife Joyce.