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Samuel D. Hakes Outstanding Graduate Research and Teaching Award - Jonathan Naughton

July 15, 2011 — Jonathan W. Naughton has been a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming since 1997 and is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Wind Energy Research Center. Jonathan obtained his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in the area of compressible fluid dynamics. Prior to joining the UW faculty, he worked at NASA-Ames Research Center for four years. During academic year 2004–2005, he was a visiting faculty at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenberg, Sweden, where he worked with the Turbulence Research Laboratory.

Jonathan’s research interests include aerodynamic instrumentation development, experimental characterization of turbulent flows, control of turbulent flows, the unsteady aerodynamics of wind energy, and atmospheric inflow modeling. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in fluid dynamics and has mentored and graduated 11 M.S. and four Ph.D. students. He currently advises eight graduate students, five M.S. candidates and three Ph.D. candidates.

Jonathan participated in obtaining a $2M grant from BP Alternative Energy North America to support wind energy research, resulting in 10 funded startup research efforts for several faculty. He was also involved in obtaining DOE support for six M.S. students pursuing degrees in wind energy. As director of the WERC, he continuously works to expand and support the activities, facilities, and visibility of WERC by pursuing strategic partnerships with state government, other universities, federal laboratories, and industry.

According to his colleague David Walrath, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, “Jonathan is an excellent mentor for his graduate students and I have been particularly impressed with his efforts to take them to conferences, help them present their work and demonstrating to them the importance of disseminating their work.” “Jonathan is clearly one of our top research faculty members in the College of Engineering and Applied Science,” he said.

Jonathan is active member of the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In the latter society, he is an Associate Fellow and served as the Chair of the Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee from 2008-2010. He is married to Leann and has two sons, Kian and Evan. He is also on the educational staff of the Professional Ski Instructors of America–Rocky Mountain Division.

Sam Hakes
Samuel D. Hakes

In Spring 2003, the College of Engineering and Applied Science renamed the Outstanding Graduate Research/Teaching Award the Sam D. Hakes Outstanding Graduate Research and Teaching Award in honor of Sam Hakes, Dean of the College, 1972–1996.

This award, originated by Sam, is given to a College faculty member each year to recognize meritorious accomplishments in graduate research and teaching. The Sam D. Hakes Outstanding Graduate Research and Teaching Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of College faculty and celebrates Sam’s many achievements and dedication to graduate education in the College.


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