Saric appointed to Eppright Chair

Photo of Dr. William SaricDr. William Saric, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been appointed to the George Eppright '26 Chair in Engineering.

Saric directs the Flight Research Laboratory as well as the AFOSR/NASA National Center for Hypersonic Research in Laminar-Turbulent Transition.

Saric was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in February 2006. He joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in January 2005 and was previously a professor of aerospace engineering at Arizona State University since 1984. He has also taught at Tohoku University (Japan) and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and previously worked at Sandia National Laboratories.

Saric's research interests are in the areas of aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, focusing on hydrodynamic stability, boundary-layer transition and nonlinear waves. He has recently conducted theoretical, computational, experimental and flight research on stability, transition and control of two-dimensional and three-dimensional boundary layers for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), subsonic aircraft, supersonic aircraft and re-entry vehicle applications. He has established the Flight Research Laboratory at A&M with three piloted aircraft and is in the process of re-establishing several major, world-class wind-tunnel facilities on campus.

Saric is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences. He received the AGARD (NATO) Scientific Achievement Award in 1996, the G.I. Taylor Medal from the Society of Engineering Science in 1993 and the Fluid Dynamics Award from AIAA in 2003.

Saric holds a B.S. from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a M.S. from the University of New Mexico, both in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1968.