Lydia Bourouiba, an affiliate faculty member at IMES, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives, a prestigious recognition by her peers for outstanding contributions to physics. Bourouiba, who is an associate professor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering, and MIT Mechanical Engineering, and a member of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) faculty, as well as an affiliate faculty of Harvard Medical School, was cited for the following:

“For fundamental work in quantitatively elucidating the mechanisms of droplet impact and
fragmentation, and for pioneering a new field at the intersection of fluid dynamics and
transmission of respiratory and foodborne pathogens, with clear and tangible
contributions to public health.”

The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one-half of one percent of the membership. The APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance the knowledge of physics.