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February 6, 2014

UW’s James Riley elected to National Academy of Engineering

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James Riley

James Riley, a University of Washington professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is among 67 new members and 11 foreign associates announced today (Feb. 6). Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

In electing Riley, the academy cited his “contributions in analysis, modeling, and computations of transitioning and turbulent phenomena.” His research is mainly in fluid dynamics, where he has led in the development of modeling and numerical simulation of various transitioning and turbulent flows. Riley teaches courses in fluid mechanics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also is an adjunct professor in applied mathematics and in aeronautics and astronautics.

Riley is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society, among other honors. He has been at the UW since 1983 and holds the PACCAR Professorship in Engineering. His bachelor’s degree is from Rockhurst University, and his doctorate is from the Johns Hopkins University.



For more information, contact Riley at rileyj@uw.edu or 206-543-5347.