Frontiers in Turbulence KRS70 at Denver Symposium

November 17 (1:30pm) to November 18 (6pm), 2017
Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado Convention Center, Denver CO, USA.

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As is commonly acknowledged and readily appreciated, turbulence is one of the most important and fascinating subjects in the study and application of fluid dynamics, in diverse realms of science and engineering.  Although the history of serious scientific study of this subject is over a century old, and the subject has benefited from the contributions of numerous luminaries in the past, many problems still remain in an "unsolved" status.  Nevertheless, especially since the turn of the 21st Century, turbulence researchers have benefited considerably from, and in some cases have influenced, dramatic advancements in both computational and measurement technologies; while, concurrently, many important new ideas in theory and modeling have taken hold. In addition, many new challenges tied to turbulence at inherently multi-disciplinary frontiers of science and engineering have attracted increasing attention from fundamental as well as practical points of view.  Many scholars from different countries worldwide have made striking progress and worked together to contribute to these advances by pushing the envelope with ever greater rigor.  However, it is also self-evident that the challenges in turbulence will remain long after the current leaders have departed the field, and that the future of the turbulence community greatly depends on the next generation(s) to come.

It is thus desirable to convene a meeting focused on new advances in turbulence by leading scientists and held at a time and place where a considerable number of promising young scholars can readily attend.  At the same time, we find that 2017 is a most opportune time to recognize and celebrate the work of one of the most inspirational leaders in the turbulence and broader fluid dynamics community, namely Professor Katepalli R. Sreenivasan ("Sreeni" to his many friends and admirers), who is reaching 70 this year.

As a quick survey of the literature will easily reveal, Sreeni's contributions and passions include not only the study of turbulence in various forms, but also related fields such as nonlinear science, convection, and pivotal advancements at the frontiers of experimental and theoretical techniques. Sreeni has served our community in many important roles, such as being a past Chair of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, and being a former member of the Editorial Boards of Physical Review E, Physics of Fluids and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He has helped bring together many researchers at a number of significant events, and has also worked tirelessly to strengthen science in the developing world.  He has received numerous prizes and honors, including election to the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. Yet he has retained his trademark modesty and been a guiding light in in the career development of numerous younger researchers, as well as a trusted friend to many others.  In short, he is one of the sharpest minds in the history of turbulence, a person of boundless generosity, and an elder statesman in science all rolled into one.

For all of the reasons above, several grateful beneficiaries of Sreeni's scientific wisdom have joined together to organize the Symposium Frontiers in Turbulence – KRS70 at Denver. The technical program will consist of 24 invited talks, a one-hour panel discussion, two poster sessions, and a formal conference dinner on Friday evening.  The event is slated to begin at 1:30pm on Friday Nov 17 and continue until close to 6pm the next day. The meeting venue will be the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, which is one of the hotels contracted for the 70th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society, to be held Nov 19-21 in Denver, CO, USA. Information about the hotel and other travel related details may be found at the APS-DFD conference website.

Organizing Committee:
P.K. Yeung, Georgia Tech, US
D. Lathrop, Univ. Maryland, US
I. Marusic, Univ. Melbourne, Australia
C. Meneveau, Johns Hopkins Univ., US
J. Niemela, ITCP, Italy

The organizers are pleased to report that this event has received sponsorship from several institutions, namely New York University (the main contributor), The University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, the International Center for Theoretical Physics, and Georgia Institute of Technology. As a result of this generous support, while space is limited, there will be no registration fee.  Persons who have not been contacted by the committee members but wish to attend are kindly requested to contact the organizing committee chair by e-mail.

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