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Lance Collins

Vice President and Executive Director, Innovation Campus
  • Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Energy Engineering and Science

Research Interests

  • Turbulence and Turbulent Flow Analysis
  • Direct Numerical Simulations
  • Turbulent Aerosol Processes
  • Microphysical Models for Atmospheric Clouds
  • Turbulent Mixing and Combustion
  • Polymer Drag Reduction
  • Numerical Methods and Algorithms

See Dr. Collins’ publications and research on Google Scholar.

  • 2020-Present, Vice President and Executive Director, Innovation Campus, Virginia Tech
  • 2010-2020, Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2005-2010, S. C. Thomas Sze Director, The Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2003-2005, Director of Graduate Studies, Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
  • 2002-2020, Professor, The Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
  • 1999-2002, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
  • 1990-2002, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State
  • 1988-1990, Postdoctoral Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2020, Lance R. Collins Graduate Fellowship to support underrepresented minority students in Cornell Engineering, endowed by alumni
  • 2018, Edward Bouchet Legacy Award, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
  • 2017, Cornell Mosaic Medal of Distinction
  • 2016, Eminent Chemical Engineer Award, Minority Affairs Committee, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2015, Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2015, Pioneers of Diversity Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2015, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2014, William W. Grimes Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2011-2014, Member, Division of Engineering & Physical Sciences (National Academies)
  • 2008-2014, Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair of United States National Committee on Theoretical & Applied Mechanics (National Academies)
  • 2013, Member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
  • 2008-2011, Executive Committee, American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • 2007, Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2006, Cornell Diversity Engineering Program Outstanding Faculty Service Award
  • 2004, Stephen Miles Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2004, Outstanding Service Award, Minority Affairs Committee, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 1997, Outstanding Paper Award, “Drop deformation and breakup in isotropic turbulence”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 1990, Young Minority Investigator Award, Dow Chemical
  • 1987, The Lance R. Collins Service Award established by University of Pennsylvania to honor the first African American PhD in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • 1981, Cooperative Research Fellowship Award, Bell Laboratories