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American Association for the Advancement of Science names Dr. Peyman Givi as Fellow


PITTSBURGH  (November 29, 2012) ... Four University of Pittsburgh professors have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for the contributions they have made toward the advancement of their respective fields. Joining the 2012 class from Pitt are Bruce Freeman, professor and chair in the School of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology ; Peyman Givi, James T. MacLeod Professor of Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering's Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Valerian Kagan, professor and vice chair in the Graduate School of Public Health's (GSPH) Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; and Allan Sampson, professor of statistics in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences with a joint appointment in the GSPH Department of Biostatistics. 

The four Pitt faculty honorees are among 702 Fellows selected this year, joining faculty from such other elite institutions of higher education as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and Princeton. The Fellows will be honored Feb. 16 during the annual AAAS meeting in Boston, Mass. 

Peyman Givi, who holds a secondary appointment in chemical engineering, was honored for his pioneering contributions in computational combustion, for teaching the next generation of engineers, and for his dedicated efforts to the engineering profession.

Givi's areas of research interest include turbulence, combustion, thermal fluids, computational methods, and stochastic (random) processes. His research aims to create more fuel-efficient engine designs, which he works on by simulating turbulent combustion using Pitt's Center for Simulation and Modeling and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. 

Givi serves as the deputy editor and book review editor of AIAA Journal and is a member of the editorial boards of Computers & Fluids, the Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, and the Open Aerospace Engineering Journal. He also is an associate editor of the Journal of Combustion and a past advisory member of Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.

Givi was among the first 15 engineering faculty members nationwide to receive the Presidential Faculty Fellowship from former President George H.W. Bush. Givi also received the Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2007, he was named "Engineer of the Year in Pittsburgh" by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2005, he was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his contributions in high-speed propulsion.

Givi earned his undergraduate degree in engineering from Youngstown State University in 1980 and his PhD in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984. 

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