Governance

The Division is governed by an Executive Committee, which consists of the Officers of the Division, the most recent past Chair, the Division Councillor, and six Members-at-Large elected to staggered three year terms. The Executive Committee meets two times each year, once at the regular meeting of the Division, held just before Thanksgiving, and in the Spring via teleconference.

A number of appointed committees carry out the work of the Division in addition to that of the prize and award selection committees:

  • The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates for various elected offices of the Division.

  • The Program Committee is responsible for the program at the annual DFD meeting, in consultation with the local organizing committee. In particular, it has final responsibility for the selection of invited papers, focus sessions and minisymposia. The Committee also organizes DFD participation in the March APS meeting, including invited and focus sessions, sometimes in collaboration with other APS divisions.

  • The Division elects a certain number of its members to fellowship in the American Physical Society each year. Fellows are elected from the nominations submitted by the membership to the Fellowship Committee.

  • The External Affairs Committee will promote the affairs of the Division through interactions with other professional societies in the U.S. and abroad, through contributions to public education, and by such other activities as the Committee shall choose to undertake.

  • The Media and Science Relations Committee works to increase awareness of fluid dynamics within the media for consumption by the general public (Media Relations) and by the advancement of fluid dynamics science and technology within the science and engineering communities and within the funding agencies (Science Relations).

  • The Educational & Career Outreach Committee develops outreach programs for fluid dynamics education and professional development of graduate students and early-career members of the DFD.

  • The Diversity and Inclusion in Nominations Committee works towards identifying, promoting and helping elicit nominations for candidates for all awards, invited speakers, Division officers and committees to strengthen diversity and inclusiveness.