University of Minnesota Professor Graham Candler elected to National Academy of Engineering

NAE election is highest professional honor awarded to an engineer

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/19/2020) – University of Minnesota Professor Graham V. Candler, an aerospace engineering and mechanics professor in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions awarded to an engineer. Only 87 new members nationwide and 18 international members to receive the honor this year.

Candler, a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Professor, is nationally renowned expert on computational methods to study high-speed flight with application to future hypersonic flight systems and the entry of spacecraft into planetary atmospheres. He is recognized by the National Academy for development and validation of computational models for high-fidelity simulation of supersonic and hypersonic interactions.

Candler, who holds the Russell J. Penrose Chair in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, has worked with research collaborators to develop widely-used computational methods and codes that are being used for the design and analysis of future hypersonic flight systems, including several NASA exploration missions.

Recently, his work has focused on the development of high accuracy simulation methods for the exploration of hypersonic flight system design space. He has published extensively in the areas computational methods, high-temperature gas dynamics, boundary layer laminar to turbulent transition, and validation of computational simulations with hypersonic wind tunnel data.

Candler has been at the University of Minnesota since 1992, and leads a research group in hypersonic aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. He has received numerous awards, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Thermophysics Award (2007) and Fluid Dynamics Award (2012). He is a Fellow of the AIAA.

Candler received his undergraduate degree from McGill University in 1984 and his graduate degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1985 and 1988.

Candler and the other individuals selected for membership this year will be formally inducted during a ceremony at the NAE annual meeting on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C.

To see a full list of inductees, visit the National Academy of Engineering website.