Prize Recipient

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George Haller
ETH Zurich


"For long-lasting contributions to the predictive understanding and mathematical underpinnings of the nonlinear dynamics of fluid flows and Lagrangian coherent structures, and for novel data-driven approaches to reduced order modeling."


George Haller received his M.Sc. degree in Engineering Mathematics at the Technical University of Budapest in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics at Caltech in 1993. After a postdoctoral position at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, he joined the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University as assistant professor. In 2001, he left Brown to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as associate professor with tenure and became professor in 2005. He then served as the first director of Morgan Stanley's Mathematical Modeling Center in Budapest for three years before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in 2009 as and professor and department chair. Over the period 2014-2018, he headed the Institute for Mechanical Systems at ETH Zürich, where he currently holds the Chair in Nonlinear Dynamics. Professor Haller is currently Senior Editor at the Journal of Nonlinear Science, Associate Editor at the Journal of Applied Mechanics, Feature Editor at Nonlinear Dynamics and Editorial Advisory Board Member at Chaos. His honors include a Manning Assistant Professorship at Brown University, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Fellowship, an ASME Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award, an Honorary Doctorate from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and a Faculty of Engineering Distinguished Professorship at McGill University. He is an elected external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).