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Dr. Urmila Ghia
Urmila Ghia, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati


    Professor Urmila Ghia has been at UC for 36 years, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and does research in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer as well as Computational Fluid dynamics.  Dr. Ghia has served as Acting Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and as Head of the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Nuclear Engineering.  She is a Fellow of the Graduate School, a member of the YWCA Academy of Achievement, and has received the Sigma Xi Research Recognition Award, UC’s Outstanding Woman Award, and the YWCA’s Career Woman of Achievement Award, the George Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, the BP Faculty Excellence Award, the George Barbour Award for Faculty-Student Relations, the Just Community Award, and a Master Engineering Educator Recognition in the College of Engineering.  She is a Fellow of AIAA, and a Distinguished Alumna of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Ghia is also very active in encouraging the advancement of women across UC.  She has served as Co-Chair of WIN (Women’s Initiatives Network) and Chair of WILD (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development) aimed at advancing women and staff into policy-making positions in the academy.  She is currently Director of UC’s WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Program. Undergraduate women selected for support by the WISE program conduct faculty mentored research in many of UC’s colleges.





Karman Ghia, PhD
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati


Dr.Karman Ghia    Kirti “Karman” N. Ghia is a University Distinguished Professor as well as Herman Schneider Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Fellow of the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati (UC). Dr. Ghia joined UC in 1969, after completing his graduate education in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.  His research activities are in simulation of steady and unsteady separated viscous flows, high-incidence aerodynamics, vortex-dominated flows, non-linear dynamics, turbomachinery flows, flow control, aeroelasticity, development of numerical methods, LES/DNS of turbulent flows, and grid generation techniques. This research has led to many publications, presentations and has also carried out consulting activities with the aerospace industry and some government research organizations.  Dr. Ghia's research work has been sponsored by AFOSR, ONR, ARO, Wright Laboratory, NASA, NSF, OAI and Aerospace industry including the Aircraft Engine Group General Electric Company and Mc Donald Douglas Corporation.  ASME named him the Freeman Scholar for the 1995-96 biennium and, at UC, he has been the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards including George Rieveschl award for distinguished scientific research in 1994 and the Dolly Cohen award for excellence in teaching in 2004.  Dr. Ghia has held visiting positions at several organizations, including ISAS, ICFD, Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,1991,, USC, 1986; ICASE, NASA Langley Research Center, 1985; Polytechnic Institute of New York, 1978; and AirForce Flight Dynamics Laboratories, 1976-77.  He has served as Associate Technical Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering, 1981-1990, Co-Editor of the International Computational Fluid Dynamics Journal, 1991-1998, Associate Editor of AIAA Journal 2000-2007,Co-Director of Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory, 1990-, and Director of the Institute of Computational Mechanics, 1986-.  Dr. Ghia has also served on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee of AIAA since 1986; ASME, since 1978; and as Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee of the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME, 1997-2000.  He has chaired many national and international symposia and meetings.  He is a Life Fellow of ASME and Fellow of AIAA and member of Sigma Xi, Sigma Gamma Tau. And Tau Beta Pi.


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