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Peraire named head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Computational aerodynamics specialist succeeds Ian Waitz, who was named dean of engineering
Jaime Peraire, the next head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Jaime Peraire, the next head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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Jaime Peraire, the H. N. Slater Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has been named the next head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro). He will assume the role beginning July 1.

Peraire succeeds Ian Waitz, who in February was named the dean of the School of Engineering.

"[Peraire] is internationally known for his scholarship in computational fluid mechanics, computational mechanics, and numerical simulation methods," Waitz noted in an email to the AeroAstro community. "He is also an exceptional colleague and dedicated teacher … The department will be in very good hands."

Peraire joined MIT in 1993 as an associate professor after earning undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from the University of Barcelona in 1983 and 1987, and his PhD and DSc from the University of Wales in 1986 and 1997. He was named a full professor in 1999. Since joining MIT, he has worked with colleagues from across the Institute to create a new integrated curriculum on computational engineering.

Peraire’s research interests include computational aerodynamics — he is also the director of the Aerospace Computational Design Lab — as well as simulation-based design and numerical analysis. His work has applications in the areas of computational compressible-fluid dynamics and other multidisciplinary problems in aeronautics. Several software products based on Peraire's research — in particular, the FELISA suite of codes — are used throughout the aerospace industry.

In 1988, Peraire received the Young Researcher Award in Computational Mechanics given by the International Association in Computational Mechanics (IACM); in 1997, he received a NASA Exceptional Achievement Award. He is a fellow of the IACM and an honorary professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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