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					ALEX POVITSKY Citizenship: USA Colleges attended

(July 2007)

Associate Professor, The University of Akron, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Moscow Institute for Steel and Engineering Cybernetics (similar to program B.Sc./M.Sc. 1984 Alloys, Moscow, Russia in Computational Science in the US) Moscow Institute for Steel and Mechanical Engineering (CFD, Thermo- Ph.D. 1988 Alloys, Moscow, Russia fluids, combustion) The Technion-Israel Institute of Aerospace Engineering (CFD, Technology, Haifa, Israel computing, aerodynamics) parallel Postdoc, 1991-1994

Ph.D. Title: Modeling of turbulent combustion and conjugate heat transfer in rotating furnace for treatment of high-temperature materials Primarily Appointments: 2003 – present: Associate Professor (tenure-track), Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Akron, Akron, OH 2001-2003: Associate Professor (tenure-track), Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada 1997 – 2001: Senior Staff Scientist (since 1999), Staff Scientist (1997-1999), Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 1994-1997: Lecturer, the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel 1988 – 1991: Research fellow and Lecturer, Moscow Institute for Steel and Alloys, Moscow, Russia 1986-1988: Engineer, Moscow Institute for Steel and Alloys, Moscow, Russia Secondary Appointments Summers 2005, 2006, 2007 Summer Faculty Fellowship of US Air Force, AFRL/ASEE, WPAFB, Dayton, OH. Host: Dr. D. Gaitonde, Department of Computational Sciences, Air Vehicles Division May -Aug 2002 Visiting Researcher, School of Computational Science at Florida State University Host: Prof. Y. Hussaini. January 2002- August 2003, Affiliated member, Centre de Recherché en Calculi Appliqué (CERCA), Montreal, Canada. Jan 2001-May 2001, Associate Researcher, School of Engineering at Hampton University (HBC), Hampton, VA, Co-PI in a project: "Corrugated and Composed Nozzles with Applications for Jet Noise Reduction", funded by NASA Glenn Research Center, Host and PI: M. Gilinsky Aug 1996 - Oct 1996, Visiting Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK Funded by Royal Society and Israel Academy of Science. Host: Prof M. Leschziner. Financial Support AFOSR: Modeling of Flow about Pitching and Plunging Airfoil Using High-order Schemes, 2007 AFOSR: Modeling of Interactions of Ablated Plumes, 2007 AFRL/Ohio:DAGSI Student and Faculty Grant (with Ph.D. student N. Mullenix), 2006-09 AFRL/ASEE:Summer Faculty Fellowship,WPAFB, Dayton, OH, 2005, 2006, 2007
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Firestone Award, The University of Akron, 2005 Summer Faculty Research Grant, The University of Akron, 2004 Start-up Grant at The University of Akron, 2003Research experience I am a "computational experimentalist" who develops and uses CFD highperformance software for in-depth physical analysis of fluid flow, combustion, and heat transfer. My research is in the emerging areas of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) including modeling of combined heat transfer phase change and plume gas dynamics in laser ablation, parallel numerical algorithms, computational aeroacoustics, and fluid mechanics for nano-technology. In the area of parallel algorithms, I derived theoretical solutions for processor scheduling algorithms, stability of interfacial boundary conditions, and theoretical models for evaluation of parallelization efficiency for high-order compact implicit numerical schemes. In aeroacoustics, I investigated amplification and scattering of sound in non-uniform flows. In fluid mechanics of nano-technology, I proposed multi-scale models and algorithms for high-pressure carbon oxide (HiPco), laser ablation, and chemical vapor deposition methods for synthesis of carbon nanotubes. My recent developments include (i) boundary singularity method for partial slip micro-flows, (ii) laser irradiation shielding for multiple pulses and targets in laser ablation, combined crater development, heat transfer and phase change, affect of turbulence on plume dynamics in laser ablation, (iii) development of robust methods for hypersonic ablation of carbon-based thermal protecting shield of missiles, and (iv) modeling of unsteady aerodynamics of micro air vehicles using high-order compact schemes. Current research advisor for: Nathan Mullenix (Ph.D.., since January 2006), Kedar Pathak (Ph.D.., since May 2004), Shunliu Zhao (Ph.D., since May 2004), Harish Gopalan (Ph.D., since September 2004), Graduated students: Tinghui Zheng (Ph.D., 2005), Nathan Mullenix (M.Sc., 2005) Supervision of Postdoctoral fellows: Igor Zinovik (2005), Diomar Lobao (2002-2003), Avijit Chatterjee (1996-1997) Courses taught (The University of Akron, Concordia University (Montreal), The Technion) Undergraduate: Dynamics, Fluid mechanics (inviscid), Fluid mechanics (viscous), Aerodynamics of Wings, Foundations of design (numerical optimization part), Heat Transfer, Numerical analysis, Algorithms in C++, ME lab. Graduate and undergraduate: Gas Dynamics, Introduction to CFD Graduate: CFD-1, CFD-2, Dynamics of micro- and nano- flows, Combustion and Heat Transfer Development of new courses at University of Akron: (a) Fall 2006-Spring 2007, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Lab,. I developed a new lab to study lift and drag force of subsonic wings at higher angle of attack. I set-up a new subsonic wind tunnel bought from Aerolab Co., designed model wings, wrote experiments, and developed a FLUENT-based simulation tool. (b) I Proposed, developed and taught a new graduate course Micro- and Nano- Fluid Dynamics 4600:655 in Fall 05 that was approved and included in the University curriculum in Spring 06 Greek Society: I was nominated by Phi Delta Theta and awarded as an outstanding Faculty member in 2007 Service to the technical community: 1. I served as NSF panelist and reviewer and as NASA reviewer. 2. I co-organized The Minisymphosium on Modeling Coupled and Transport Phenomena in Nanotechnology at the Third MIT Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, June 2005. The extended and externally reviewed papers of the presenters in the workshop were published in the International Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nano-science in August 2006 where I was appointed the guest coeditor.
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I co-organized the Micro- and Nano- Transport Minisymphosium (25 participants) in frame of the World Congress of Computational Mechanics (WCCM) in Los Angeles in July 2006. I was reviewer for Physics of Fluids, J. of Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Physica A, J. of Applied Physics, Computers and Fluids, Heat and Mass Transfer, Journal of Computational Acoustics, Building and Environment, Applied Numerical Mathematics, J. of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, J. of Mathematical Physics, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Physics Letters A. I was reviewer of proposals for Canadian NSERC and Israel Science Foundation (Israeli and Canadian analogues of NSF).

Member of Graduate Committees for M. Sc. and Ph.D. students: Dingfeng Deng (Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Defense, January 2007) Song Liu (Mechanical Engineering, M. Sc. Research Thesis Defense, April 2007) Mohammad Faizan (Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Research Proposal Defense, October 2007) Jianhua Dai (Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. Research Proposal Committee, Sept 2006) Sun Feng (Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Research Proposal Defense, May 2006) Joe Mandi (Mechanical Engineering, M. Sc. Research Thesis Defense, April 2005) Peter (Zheng) Zhang (Mechanical Engineering, M. Sc. Research Thesis Defense, October 2005) A. Gagov (Polymer Engg., Ph.D. Research Proposal Defense, April 2005)

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