Smooke Wins Combustion Institute's Zeldovich Gold Medal

Mitchell Smooke, Strathcona Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science & Applied Physics, was awarded the 2012 Zeldovich Gold Medal by the Combustion Institute.

The Institute awards three Gold Medals every two years. The Zeldovich medal, named in honor of Russian combustion theorist Ya B Zeldovich, is awarded for outstanding contribution to the theory of combustion or detonation.

In presenting the medal, a member of the award committee noted Smooke’s innovation in developing numerical and computational procedures to conquer the challenges posed by laminar-flame equations; his leading-edge numerical methods; and his close collaborations with experimental researchers, which revealed deficiencies in models of molecular diffusion and chemical kinetics that Smooke has since made significant contributions to improving.


The Institute also noted Smooke’s efforts in the founding of the journal Combustion Theory and Modelling, and his role as the Chair of the National Academies Committee on Cyberinfrastructure for Combustion.

"I am deeply honored to have been selected for the 2012 Zeldovich Gold Medal and to be included within this group of combustion researchers,” says Smooke. “While the award honors a particular individual, I believe it is more of a testament to the outstanding students, post-docs and researchers with whom I have worked."

Past recipients of the award include Stephen B. Pope, Norbert Peters, Elaine Oran, Amable Liñán, and Robert Bilger.

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