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School of Engineering Professor Marc Ingber to Direct Program for National Science Foundation

May 11, 2011

Marc Ingber, professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed to direct the program for Particulate and Multiphase Processes within the Chemical, Biological, Environmental and Transport System Division of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation.

At the UNM School of Engineering, Ingber does research in modeling viscous fluid flows with suspended particles, emulsions or bubbles, called multiphase flows. That is a major area in the program Ingber will direct at NSF.

His new job includes long range planning and budget development in this area of federally funded research as he works with the NSF administrators to ensure research funding is targeted toward solving the challenges and opportunities in this field. He is also part of an NSF collaborative process, working with other research programs in NSF and in other areas of federal agencies and organizations.

UNM Mechanical Engineering Department Chairman Juan Heinrich says, "Marc's appointment as a program director to the NSF is a well deserved recognition of his long record of scientific excellence and service to the engineering and academic community."

Ingber's authoritative work on modeling of multiphase flow was recognized in 1994, when he was one of the winners of the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance computing. In 2001, he became an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow. This is one of the highest honors given by the governing body of ASME, which consists of more than 130,000 members.

Ingber's initial appointment at the NSF is for two years, but might last up to four years. He plans to return to UNM at the end of his appointment.