Headshot of Rui Ni.
Rui Ni

Rui Ni, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Fluid Transport Lab, was presented with the 2023 Andrea Prosperetti Award at the 11th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, held April 2–7 in Kobe, Japan.

The award, named after the second editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Multiphase Flow (IJMF) and co-sponsored by IJMF and the academic publishing company Elsevier, recognizes significant scientific and technical breakthroughs in multiphase flow research made by researchers under 40.

Accompanying his acceptance of the award, Ni gave a Plenary Distinguished Lecture on the dynamics of polydispersed bubbles and droplets in turbulence: “The Wrath of the Small: Fragmentation of Bubbles in Turbulance by Small Eddies.” The Andrea Prosperetti award will support Ni’s continuing research on the development of advanced experimental methods for understanding multiphase flows in many applications, such as energy systems, emulsion, particle ingestion in gas turbines, landings on extraterrestrial bodies, and dust mitigation for future space exploration.