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About Lian Duan

Dr. Lian, assistant professor of aerospace engineering received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University. His research focuses on fundamental studies that provide advances in understanding and predicting the complex behavior of transitional and turbulent fluid flows through high-fidelity simulations (direct numerical and large eddy simulations). Specific topics include stability and transition in 2-D and 3-D boundary layers, compressible turbulence, and high-speed aerodynamics. He specializes in developing state-of-the-art parallel CFD software that runs efficiently on the world's largest supercomputers.

Dr. Duan's article “Numerical Study of Acoustic Radiation due to a Supersonic Turbulent Boundary Layer.” received a third-place H.J.E. Reid Award. The Reid Award is NASA Langley Research Center’s top award recognizing technical excellence in research publications. Dr. Duan co-authored the paper with Meelan M. Choudhari, an aerospace engineer at Langley.

Technical Areas:
Thermal-Fluid Sciences
Aerospace Sciences


August 2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
November 2010 - July 2013 Research Scientist, Langley Research Center ‐ National Institute of Aerospace, and Computational Aerosciences Branch

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Henry J. E. Reid Award, NASA Langley Research Center, 2017
  • Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship, 2016
  • AIAA Young Professional Engineer Award, AIAA St. Louis Section, 2015
  • Wright Patterson AFB Summer Visiting Faculty, 2015
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (YIP), 2014
  • Fluid Dynamics Year in Review Highlight, AIAA Magazine Aerospace America, 2013 & 2016
  • Laurence J. Bement Award for Young Professional Paper Competition, AIAA, 2012
  • Crocco Award for Teaching Excellence, Princeton University, 2008
  • Princeton University Graduate Fellowship, 2005-2006


  • ME/AE 6135: Turbulent Flows
  • ME 3131: Thermo-Fluid Mechanics I
  • AE 3131: Aerodynamics I


2011 Ph. D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
2008 M.A. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
2005 B.E. in Engineering Mechanics, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang University)

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
231 Toomey Hall
400 West 13th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0050

(573) 341-7682 (voice)
(573) 341-4607 (fax)


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