The G.K. Batchelor Prize for 2024 was awarded to Charles Meneveau, Louis M. Sardella Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Meneveau received the prize for his high-impact fundamental contributions to the study of turbulence and wall-bounded flows, and for bringing insightful and rigorous fluid mechanics to the science of wind turbines and wind farms for the benefit of society.

The prestigious prize of $25,000, sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, is awarded every 4 years at the International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM) to recognize the achievements of an active scientist who has made significant research contributions to fluid mechanics over the previous decade. Meneveau will give his prize lecture in August during the International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in Daegu, South Korea.

“Receiving the Batchelor-named prize from our community is profoundly meaningful for me, my students, postdocs, and collaborators,” Meneveau said. “George Batchelor’s enduring legacy in this field grows more influential each day, especially as fluid mechanics becomes increasingly vital, notably in shaping strategies for sustaining civilization on our Fluid Earth. I am thankful to Cambridge University Press for establishing this prize and look forward to participating in ICTAM 2024.”

Meneveau is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a foreign corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Academy of Mechanics. He also serves the fluid mechanics community through membership of the Editorial Boards of several top journals, including being Deputy Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Turbulence (until 2015) and through driving the development of the JHU Turbulence Database, an open-sourced digital platform that facilitates the democratization of large amounts of high-fidelity simulation data.

This story was was originally published by Cambridge University Press.