Modern developments in fluid and thermal sciences have had a tremendous impact in many aspects of aerospace engineering. The fields of combustion and propulsion, in particular, have benefited significantly from these developments. The aim of this conference is to bring leading experts in key areas of fluid-thermal sciences as pertain to aerospace engineering. The objectives are to review important past achievements, examine recent progresses, and help chart future directions. The major themes of the conference will be combustion, propulsion, turbulence, computational methods, and applied mathematics. Examples of topics include but are not limited to advances in modern diagnostics, analysis and simulation of reactive and non-reactive flows, RANS, LES or DNS of turbulence, asymptotic analysis, high-performance computing, and data enabled modeling and design

Professor William A. Sirignano

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The fluid and thermal sciences and aerospace engineering communities have been blessed by an extraordinarily influential figure in the field, Dr. William Alfonso Sirignano, the Samueli Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His vision and seminal contributions in this research arena over six decades have had huge impacts in the science and technology development, and the training of generations of educators and engineers in this field. His success in combining the use of applied mathematics and computational methods to tackle challenging problems in fluid-thermal sciences is exemplary. His deep physical insight combined with superb analytical skills have lead to innovations in propulsion technologies and design. As we celebrate Professor Sirignano’s tremendous achievements in the past, we look forward to his continued engagement and contributions to our community.


The official conference hotel will be Hotel Irvine (Formerly Hyatt Regency Irvine) located at 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine CA 92630. The conference will be held on the campus of the University of California, Irvine on September 6-7, 2019. The Invited Talk Sessions on September 6, followed by the Evening Banquet on that day, will be held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering located at 100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617 (parking is free there). The government panel Discussions will take place the following day (September 7) at the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium on 314 Los Trancos Dr., Irvine, CA 92617 (parking at the Anteather Parking structure at the intersection of Anteater Dr. and East Peltason Dr.). Shuttle service will be provided between the hotel and the conference venues.

September 6, 2019: Invited Lectures by:
  • Professor Sebastien Candel, Ecole Centrale Paris.
  • Professor Said Elghobashi, University of California at Irvine.
  • Professor Ahmed Ghoniem, MIT.
  • Professor Antony Jameson, Texas A&M University.
  • Professor Ann Karagozian, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Professor Ed Law, Princeton University.
  • Professor Moshe Matalon, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
  • Professor Dick Miles, Texas A&M University.
  • Professor James Tien, Case Western Reserve University.
  • Professor Forman Williams, University of California, San Diego.
  • Professor Vigor Yang, Georgia Tech.
  • Professor Richard Yetter, Pennsylvania State University.
September 7, 2019: Government Panel. Moderator: Dr. Daniel Livescu (LANL)
  • Dr. Harsha Chelliah, NSF.
  • Dr. Scott Jackson, LANL.
  • Dr. Chiping Li, AFOSR.
  • Dr. Jeff Moder, NASA.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the discounted conference rate $139.00 plus tax per night for either a single room or a double-occupancy room. The rooms will be held until Aug 22, 2019 and may be reserved by accessing the booking link: please click here.


The nearest airport to the hotel is Orange County International Airport (SNA) which is about 4 miles from the hotel with an approximate drive time of 15 minutes. Other airports to consider are: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Diego International Airport (SAN).


We will have technical presentations, with subsequent publication of selected papers. Of course, you can attend without a technical presentation or paper.


Prior to August 23, 2019:

  • Professionals: $200
  • Students: $75
  • Banquet Tickets for Guests: $60 (add-on for those who want to bring a guest)

After August 23, 2019:

  • Professionals: $300
  • Students: $150

Please click here to register for the Conference.

Program Committee

Tentative agenda

Friday, 9/6/19

  • 7:45am - Depart Hotel Irvine to: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 100 Academy, Irvine, CA 92617

Saturday, 9/7/19

  • 8:15am - Depart Hotel Irvine for UCI: McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium. 314 Los Trancos Dr., Irvine, CA 92617.
  • 1:30pm - Pickup at UCI for return to Hotel Irvine. Gather at Parking Lot 18C.

Please click here to download tentative agenda.


Please contact Peyman Givi (412-889-8687) or Feng Liu (949- 295-6601).