Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
Dick K.P. Yue, professor of hydrodynamic and ocean engineering, has been named as associate dean of the School of Engineering.
Professor Yue received all his degrees from MIT (SB 1974, SM 1976, ScD 1980) and has been a faculty member in the Department of Ocean Engineering since 1983. His main research contributions are in theoretical and computational hydrodynamics. He is internationally recognized for his expertise on ocean and coastal wave dynamics, and for his extensive work in nonlinear wave-wave and wave-bottom interactions, and large-amplitude motions and loads on marine structures. He has also made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the hydrodynamics of fish swimming and the application of these principles to the design of underwater vehicles, and the study of vortical and turbulent flows in the air-sea interface, and their effects on surface waves and interface processes.
Professor Yue directs the Vortical Flow Research Laboratory and is associate director of the MIT Testing Tank Facility. Since 1985, he has served as chair of the Ocean Engineering Undergraduate Program. He has been active in the Education Committee of the School of Engineering, and at the Institute level, he has served on the Committee on Student Affairs, and the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid.
Josey Twombly has joined the School of Humanities and Social Science as assistant dean for development. Before coming to MIT, she was director of major gifts at Harvard University.
Ms. Twombley holds a bachelor's degree from Skidmore College (1970) and a master's degree from Russell Sage College (1976). From 1986-90, she worked at Ketchum, Inc., directing capital campaigns and feasibility and planning studies for a variety of nonprofit clients. She has also worked for Williams College from 1992-96 as regional director of special gifts during the college's Third Century Campaign, and as associate director of capital giving.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 22, 1999.