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9-19-05

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Paul Durbin, Aerospace Engineering, (515) 294-7234

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Stanford researcher assumes Iowa State's Jischke Professorship

AMES, Iowa -- His department chair calls him the world's best in the mathematical modeling of turbulence.

Tom I-P. Shih, the chair of Iowa State University's department of aerospace engineering, also calls Paul Durbin "an incredible hire."

Durbin is the first recipient of Iowa State's Martin C. Jischke Professorship in Aerospace Engineering. Jischke was Iowa State's president from 1991 to 2000. Jischke, now the president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., has an academic background in fluid dynamics and aeronautics.

Roger Hanson of Fullerton, Calif., who received two 1954 bachelor's degrees in engineering and a 1958 doctorate degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from Iowa State, established the Jischke Professorship with a $500,000 endowed gift.

During a campus ceremony on Friday Sept. 16, Jischke thanked Hanson and Iowa State for the honor of a professorship. Jischke also congratulated Durbin on his appointment and encouraged him to distinguish himself as a teacher and mentor of students. And Jischke said he was happy the professorship will enhance Iowa's engineering faculty.

"A first-rate faculty is the sine qua non of a great university," he said. "I'm pleased to be associated with the strengthening of the faculty at Iowa State."

Durbin said the professorship is what attracted him away from Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., where he was on the faculty for nine years.

His research interests include computational and analytical modeling of turbulence, the theory and simulation of the transition between smooth and turbulent flow, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer in gas turbines. He's co-teaching a course in computational fluid dynamics this semester.

Durbin has a 1974 bachelor's degree in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., and a 1979 doctorate in applied mathematics and theoretical physics from the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

Shih said Durbin will complement Iowa State's strong program in computational fluid dynamics. He also said Durbin's expertise with managing the intense heat of gas turbine engines will contribute to the development of an Iowa State program in engineering for extreme environments.

But that's not the highest praise Shih has for Durbin:

"I think the most wonderful thing about him is he doesn't know he's a world famous researcher," Shih said. "He is a very humble person who wants to understand things well and deeply. And we're delighted to have him here."

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Paul Durbin, an authority in the mathematical modeling of turbulence, is Iowa State's first Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering.

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"A first-rate faculty is the sine qua non of a great university. I'm pleased to be associated with the strengthening of the faculty at Iowa State."

Martin C. Jischke, Iowa State's president from 1991 to 2000 and current president of Purdue University