Professor Domaradzki Appointed AME Department Chair – USC Viterbi

A long-time faculty, Julian Domaradzki continues his service in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, now as department chair

Professor and newly appointed Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Julian Domaradzki. Photo/USC Viterbi

Professor Julian Domaradzki has been appointed Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME). His three-year term began on July 1.

Domaradzki joined the AME department as an assistant professor in 1987 after working as a research scientist at Flow Industries, Inc. in Kent, Washington. He became an associate professor in 1991 and a professor in 1997 and served as associate chair from 2005 to 2008.

As chair, Domaradzki’s goals include providing support for assistant professors and cultivating faculty involvement.

“In general, I believe that the plans for the department are set by the faculty. I call it ‘collective wisdom’ of the faculty,” he said. “In academia, we move on a slightly different time scale than the outside world and I think it’s important that everybody feels that they can contribute.”

Domaradzki earned both a master’s and Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Warsaw in Poland, followed by postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and MIT, where his work focused on geophysical fluid dynamics and applied mathematics. At USC, he researches turbulence theory, turbulence modeling and numerical simulations of fluid flow. His work has been supported by organizations such as the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“I believe that the plans for the department are set by the faculty.”

He is currently working on a method to quantify the amount of error produced in numerical simulations of turbulent flows. As numerical error accumulates, it contaminates the results. However, if you knew how much error you are generating, you could either refine your system to…

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