Notable Achievement in Naval Architecture and/or Marine Engineering
The 2018 David W. Taylor Medalist
Professor Frederick Stern
University of Iowa
Professor Frederick Stern graduated from the University of Michigan NA&ME with BSE summa cum laude (1975), MSE (1977) and PhD (1980). Subsequently, was Research Naval Architect at SAIC/Annapolis from 1980-1983 and afterwards Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa and Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research with 35 years’ experience teaching fluid mechanics courses and supervising 25 MS and 27 PhD student theses/degrees.
Professor Stern is an expert in experimental/computational ship hydrodynamics, including integrated approach whereby simulations provide guidance, experiments provide validation data, and simulations fill in sparse data. Iowa towing tank and wave basin data used for physics and CFD validation, including test cases for CFD workshops and NATO AVT working groups. CFDShip-Iowa URANS/DES is one of the best codes at CFD workshops since 1994 with many functionalities; and next generation high-fidelity/resolution V6 enables two-phase sharp-interface, and DNS/LES utilizing billions of grid points. The research includes development of V&V and UQ methods, fundamental physics and ship performance, deterministic/stochastic shape/multi-disciplinary optimization, and fluid structure interaction, as described in many publications.
Professor Stern served as chairperson/member of ITTC and CFD workshop committees and NATO AVT working groups; has had many national/international collaborations; and is ASME fellow and SNAME and ASEE member. Professor Stern holds the George D. Ashton Professorship in Hydroscience and Engineering; and received the 1993-1996 Faculty Scholar, 2012 Faculty Research Excellence, 2012-2013 Weinblum lecture and 2016 NATO STO AVT panel excellence awards. Professor Stern gratefully acknowledges the support of the Office of Naval Research.