In appreciation for his sustained contributions and impact in instrumentation and test methodologies for advancement of gas turbine propulsion engine technologies, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently elevated Todd Lowe to the grade of fellow. The organization includes more than 90,000 members in 135 countries worldwide, with only about 3 percent of members becoming fellows.

Lowe was nominated by Wing Ng, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.

“His demonstrated track record and accomplishments in research and development merits Todd’s elevation to an ASME Fellow,” said Ng. “He is an international leader in developing applied laser diagnostics for non-contact diagnostics and is renowned for his contributions to understanding turbulence transport and noise in turbulent shear flows.” 

The honor will be celebrated at the ASME International Gas Turbine Conference (Turbo Expo) in Boston in June.

Lowe joined the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in 2010 and has built an extensive research program specializing in aerodynamics and the development of experimental techniques for applications in propulsion and energy systems. His current research has been focused on experimental aerodynamics and aeroacoustics for StreamVane technologies, non-contact diagnostics, turbomachinery gas path temperature sensors, and jet noise reduction.

Lowe currently serves as co-director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Propulsion and Power Laboratory and director of the Virginia Tech-Pratt & Whitney Center of Excellence. He is co-inventor of four U.S. utility patents, with four additional patents pending. In addition, he has co-authored more than 160 publications, 50-plus of which are peer-reviewed journal articles.

Lowe is a three-time Hokie, holding a bachelor's, master’s, and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He has been a member of ASME since 2011 and also is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the American Physical Society and SAE International.

Three additional aerospace and ocean engineering faculty members are ASME Fellows. Michael Philen and Gary Seidel are both fellows, and Joseph Schetz holds the distinction of life fellow. 

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