Ronald John Adrian, PhD

Ronald Adrian

Title: Regents Professor, Ira A. Fulton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Company: Arizona State University
Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

Ronald John Adrian, PhD, Regents Professor and Ira A. Fulton Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Upon discovering that the turbulent world was one of the last problems in the field of mechanics, Dr. Adrian became intrigued to take on the challenge himself. Matriculating at the University of Minnesota, he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1967 and a Master of Science in mechanical engineering in 1969. In 1972, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of Cambridge. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Adrian joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he served as an assistant, associate and full professor between 1972 and 2005. From 1997 to 2005, he was the Leonard C. and Mary Lou Hoeft Chair in Engineering until attaining emeritus status. Today, Dr. Adrian excels as the Ira A. Fulton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and as a regents professor at Arizona State University, roles he took on in 2005 and 2008, respectively.

Finding great success in his career, Dr. Adrian was most recently granted the Leonardo Da Vinci Award from the International Symposium for Flow Visualization and the Fluids Engineering Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2010, among numerous other accolades. Notably, he is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow and Tewksbury Fellow from the University of Melbourne. Dr. Adrian also holds membership with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Physical Society, American Academy of Mechanics and World Innovation Foundation. Alongside his achievements, he is proud to have developed particle image velocimetry by combining the qualitative nature of flow visualization with the quantitative nature of measurement instruments, which has rejuvenated turbulent research in the field. With this sentiment, the Particle Image Velocimetry Conference made an award in his name. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Adrian is also listed in editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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