S. T. Wu

Dr. S. T. Wu is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Alabama System, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The University of Alabama in Huntsville.  He was the founder and first Director for the Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research (CSPAR) and founder and first Director of the Institute for Space Physics, Astrophysics and Education (ISPAE).  He has served at The University of Alabama in Huntsville since 1967 (~40 years).  

WuHe completed the Ph.D. in 1967 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He also spent two years at the Division of and Applied Physics of Harvard University and the Plasma Laboratory of Princeton University. Dr. Wu's research interest are in the areas of fundamentals of plasma dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics and their application on astrogeophysical flows; numerical simulation on solar energy thermal storage systems; heat exchange design, solar terrestrial environment; laser gasdynamics; hydrodynamics transients; heat transfer; boundary layer type flows; high speed and missile aerodynamics; numerical methods on engineering and physical systems.  Dr. Wu has presented a more than 400 talks since 1963 at international and national meetings, seminars and colloquiums.  Dr. Wu has published more than 350 articles in the fields of plasma physics, solar physics, upper atmospheric physics, MHD flows, solar energy fundamentals and numerical methods in the journals:  J. of Solar Physics, J. G. R., AIAA J., ASME J., Planet. & Space Sci., Ap. J., ZAMP, Int'l J. of Computers and Fluids. Dr. Wu has been awarded many honors and awards during his tenure the most recent was the 1st American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award for “For pioneering work in recognizing the impact of solar events on the earth's space environment and for the initial work on numerical magnetohydrodynamic modeling of the solar-terrestrial relationships”.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and VP of the SCOSTEP (Scientific Committee of Solar Terrestrial Physics) from 2002 – 2006 and a member of UCAR-PACUR (University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research – President’s Advisory Committee on University Relations) 2004 – 2010.  Dr. Wu has chaired or served as a member of numerous national and international committees.  

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama System

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research

The University of Alabama in Huntsville; Huntsville, AL 35899 USA

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