Urmila Ghia Receives Provost's Faculty Career Award

Excerpt from UC Magazine:

Urmila Ghia, Professor Emerita, Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, received the Provost's Faculty Career Award.

Urmila Ghia, professor emerita of mechanical engineering, inside the Engineering Research Center. photo/Andrew Higley

Urmila Ghia, professor emerita of mechanical engineering, inside the Engineering Research Center. photo/Andrew Higley

Urmila Ghia, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering, has a UC career that spans over four decades. With research sponsored by NSF, AFOSR, NASA, ONR, DAGSI, NIOSH, P&G, GE Aviation, McDonnell Douglas, CRAY and others, she is internationally recognized in her primary research area of Computational Fluid Dynamics, for noteworthy developments leading to advanced understanding of the physics of complex flows; one paper garnered more than 3,000 citations. 

A fellow of UC’S Graduate School, Ghia has been recognized as a master engineering educator for her dedication to students and teaching and has won the British Petroleum Faculty Excellence Award, the Dean Wandmacher Teaching Excellence Award and the George Barbour Award for Faculty-Student Relations. Ghia has also received the Sigma Xi Research Recognition Award, the George Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research, the YWCA’s Career Woman of Achievement Award and the Just Community Award.  

She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, a distinguished alumna of the Illinois Institute of Technology and has received ASME’s Distinguished Service Award. Currently, Ghia serves on ASME’s Board of Governors, a position of high strategic responsibility. She is director of UC’s Women in Science and Engineering Program, wherein women undergraduates conduct faculty-mentored STEM research.  

The program proudly contributes 100 percent retention at UC. Ghia is co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE grant for Leadership, Empowerment, and Advancement for STEM Women Faculty to transform cultures in UC’s STEM departments and promote equity and professional success for women faculty.