By Sally Harris
Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 09 - October 23, 1997
Yuriko Renardy, professor of mathematics at Virginia Tech, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society "for her seminal contributions to the fluid dynamics of interfacial instabilities, through the mathematical analysis of viscous, viscoelastic, and thermal effects."
Election to fellowship in the American Physical Society is limited to no more than one half of 1 percent of the membership and represents recognition by the peers of Renardy's outstanding contributions to physics. The certificate will be presented to Renardy at the Awards Ceremony at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics in San Francisco November 23-25.
Renardy has earned numerous other honors. At the Australian National University, where she earned a B.S. with honors in 1976, she received the Priscilla Fairfield Bok Prize given to the best female student in the Faculty of Science. In 1989, she was awarded the Career Advancement Award by the National Science Foundation. This award allowed her to spend six months visiting the University of Minnesota, undertaking a collaborative research in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics.
Renardy is the author of two books published by Springer Verlag of New York in 1993, and a third was published by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 1996. She came to Virginia Tech in 1986 as an assistant professor and attained the rank of full professor by 1993.
Since 1986, she has held visiting positions at the Centre for Mathematical Analysis at The Australian National University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Stuttgart, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at the University of California-Berkeley, and the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. She spent six months of 1996 as an invited visitor at the Isaac Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge, U.K.