The Princeton Board of Trustees has named three new professors to the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including Howard A. Stone a leader in fluid dynamics research.

Stone will be appointed the Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering beginning Sept. 1, 2009. Sigrid Adriaenssens and Branko Gli≈°ic will be appointed assistant professors in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering beginning on Feb. 1, 2009.

Stone is currently the Vicky Joseph Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University. In 2008, he was the winner of the inaugural Batchelor Prize, an award sponsored by the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, for the breadth and depth of his research over a 10-year period (1998-2007) and for his widely acknowledged leadership in fluid mechanics generally. In 2000, Stone was named a Harvard College Professor, an appointment established in 1997 to honor outstanding service to undergraduate education.

Stone did his undergraduate studies at University of California at Davis and earned his Ph.D. at Caltech. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1989 after spending a year as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University.

His research focuses on a variety of fundamental problems in fluid motions dominated by viscosity. He has made contributions to a wide range of problems involving effects of surface tension, buoyancy, fluid rotation and surfactants.

Adriaenssens joins Princeton from the University of Brussels, where she has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions since 2006. From 2003 to 2006, she was a senior project engineer for Ney and Partners in Brussels, and prior to that she was a visiting fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mauritius.

Adriaenssens received a Ph.D. and masters degree from the Centre for Lightweight Structures at the University of Bath, and a bachelor of engineering from the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering also at Bath. Her research interests include lightweight structures, form-finding structures and structural optimization.

Glišic comes to Princeton from SMARTEC SA, a Swiss manufacturer of health monitoring systems, where he has been a solutions and services manager since 2000. A civil engineer, Glišic holds degrees in civil engineering and theoretical mathematics, and received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His research interests include sensing and structural health monitoring, and smart structures and materials.


  • Sigrid Adriaenssens

  • Howard Stone

  • Branko Glišić