Hassan Aref died this weekend
With deep sorrow we write to convey the sad news that Hassan Aref has just passed away. According to an email from Ishwar Puri, Head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, of Virginia Tech, Professor Hassan Aref went on an extended weekend visit to his home in Illinois on Thursday night. He died there on Friday, sitting in his chair.
Hassan Aref was a renowned fluid mechanician. He was recently named the recipient of the G.I. Taylor Medal. He served on the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics for many years. Through this organization, he interacted with many of us outside the field of fluid mechanics. To new comers of the Committee, He was a caring and inspiring mentor. He was the current secretary of the IUTAM Congress Committee and was the key player in the organization of ICTAM 2012 in Beijing.
He was a forceful and vibrant individual. The news of his sudden passing is saddening and shocking.
Hassan Aref was a registered user of iMechanica. Here is a list of his posts.
Update on 13 September 2011. A website of Hassan Aref Memorial has been set up.