WEST BETHESDA, Md. - Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock engineer, Dr. Thomas C. Fu, has been selected to receive the 2013 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) award, Mar. 2, in Dallas, Texas.
The AAEOY award recognizes exceptional contributions of American scientists, engineers and corporate leaders with Asian ethnicity in their fields of expertise and to their communities.
"Through my 25 years at Carderock I have had the good fortune to be involved in the full range of naval hydrodynamics research activities, from basic research experiments here in our facilities on the physics of turbulent separated flows, to leading full-scale trials to validate our simulation and design tools," said Dr. Thomas C. Fu, AAEOY winner. "These opportunities, and breadth of work, allowed me to contribute to the field and grow as a researcher."
Fu was named an AAEOY for his pioneering contributions in the field of submarine and surface ship dynamics which include: non-acoustic hydrodynamic signatures and wakes; wave breaking; wave impact and slamming; and general hydrodynamics utilizing innovative experiments, both at model- and full-scale.
"Seeing the impact one can have on the work we do here at Carderock, and for the Navy as a whole, is tremendously motivating and rewarding," said Fu. "The fact that the work projects directly onto platform safety and survivability makes it that much more rewarding, and this award is acknowledgement and validation by others of that effort."
Fu is the deputy department head and director of science and technology of the Naval Architecture and Engineering department at NSWC Carderock, where he has oversight of the technical operations of the department and shepherds all basic and applied research efforts within the department and in cross-department collaboration efforts. He also serves as the department's representative and liaison to a number of international collaborative efforts and exchange agreements.
Fu's research is tied to NSWC Carderock's technical capabilities in the fields of hull forms and fluid dynamics, and propulsors. Under these capabilities, NSWC Carderock provides the Navy's hydromechanics capability for surface and undersea vehicle platforms to ensure the platforms meet mission requirements and provides assessment and design capability for Navy propulsors.
Headquartered in West Bethesda, Md., approximately 3,600 scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel are located across the United States, which includes the Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia.
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