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Sandia researcher elected to National Academy of Engineering

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Giulio Borghesi, left, Jackie Chen, center, and Alex Krisman

Jacqueline Chen, a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Chen is among the 99 new members from around the globe in the 2018 class.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is the highest possible professional distinction that an engineer in the United States can achieve. Those in the new class will be formally inducted on September 30th during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Chen, who has spent her entire career working at Sandia's world-renowned Combustion Research Facility, was chosen for her contributions to the computational simulation of turbulent reacting flows with complex chemistry. This work advances predictive modeling capabilities for combustion processes.

She believes her election is a recognition of the significance of this research area. Chemically reacting flows has many important applications, such as combustion engines and the atmosphere. Chen also hopes this represents a rise in status for the discipline of computation so that it will afford equal consideration with theory and experimentation.

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