Prize Recipient

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Wai Hong Ronald Chan
University of Colorado Boulder


"For developing a novel theoretical and computational framework which established fundamental insights into the turbulent bubble breakup cascade in oceanic breaking waves."


Wai Hong Ronald Chan received his S.B. in Engineering (Course 2-A) with a minor in Energy Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2017. He joined the doctoral program at Stanford University with the support of the National Science Scholarship from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore, as well as the Franklin P. and Caroline M. Johnson Fellowship, and received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 under the advisement of Prof. Parviz Moin at the Center for Turbulence Research. Ronald’s research interests are in the development of physics-based models to enable efficient numerical simulations of energetic flows with multiphysics. His dissertation work was supported by the Office of Naval Research and focused on the analysis and modeling of turbulent bubble breakup in oceanic breaking waves, with an eye to subgrid-scale modeling for two-phase large-eddy simulations. He is currently a postdoctoral associate at the University of Colorado Boulder working on hybrid and kinetic solvers for electric propulsion and materials processing with Prof. Iain Boyd. He was part of a team that received the 2018 APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion Award for a video submission. He also received the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award at Stanford University in 2019 for his contributions to the graduate turbulence course. He has been a member of APS since 2016.

Selection Committee:

Tim Colonius (Chair), Alain Pumir (Vice Chair), Christine Gilbert, Sebastien Michelin, Karen Mulleners, Jane Wang, Yuan Nan Young