Minami Yoda named mechanical engineering department chair

Minami Yoda, a Ring Family Professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, has been named chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Mechanical Engineering. She will join MSU on Nov. 1, 2023.

Minami Yoda

College of Engineering Dean Leo Kempel said he is pleased to welcome such an experienced and well-regarded professional to the college.

“We look forward to having Dr. Yoda join the Spartan Engineering community this fall. Her research in experimental fluid dynamics and her leadership in expanding applications from fusion power to nanofluidics and fluid flows will add significantly to the college during our time of phenomenal growth.”

She is former chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics and former chair of the American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division. She was elected a Fellow of the APS in 2012 and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2008.

Additionally, she is an associate editor for Experiments in Fluids and an editor for Fluid Dynamics Research.

Her current research interests in experimental fluid mechanics and optical diagnostics include thermal-fluids aspects of magnetic fusion energy, phase-change heat transfer, colloidal particle assembly and dynamics, and super-resolution microscopy.

Dr. Yoda did her undergraduate studies at the California Institute of Technology and her graduate studies at Stanford University. She was a von Humboldt research Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin in Germany and a senior research fellow at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

This story was first published on the College of Engineering website.

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