Twelve new members were recently elected into the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department's Alumni Hall of Fame at NC State University. Among them is Virginia Tech’s Chris Roy, professor in the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering.

NC State’s MAE Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 2012 to celebrate the accomplishments of graduates who have used their education to excel in a profession, career, or service. Nominations are based on professional and service achievement, entrepreneurship, and contributions to professional societies.

Roy received his doctorate in aerospace engineering from NC State in 1998, having earned his master’s in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University in 1994 and his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1992.  After spending five years as a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he moved to academia and is currently a full professor at Virginia Tech. 

Roy’s expertise lies in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), turbulent flows, and reliability of computer simulations. His research group’s current work focuses  on the estimation of numerical errors in CFD using error transport equations, as well as the development and use of validation experiments to rigorously assess turbulence models in collaboration with aerospace and ocean engineering colleagues K. Todd Lowe, William Devenport, and Aurelien Borgoltz. 

Roy is an associate Fellow of the AIAA. He was also named a Faculty Fellow through the Dean’s Award for Excellence program by the Virginia Tech College of Engineering in 2009. Roy has twice received federal recognition for his work in engineering, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2006 and the Department of Energy Defense Programs Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award in 2005.

Roy has authored or co-authored over 200 books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the areas of CFD, verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification. He co-authored the book “Verification and Validation in Scientific Computing” published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

NC State's MAE Alumni Hall of Fame currently features around 150 inducted members, selected from its 12,000-strong alumni network.