Sakaue named AIAA Associate Fellow

Taka Sakaue

Hirotaka Sakaue, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). A member of the Class of 2020 Associate Fellows, he will be recognized with the other honorees and inducted into the association on Monday, January 6, 2020, during the 2020 AIAA SciTech Form.

Sakaue, whose research represents an interdisciplinary approach to fluid mechanics and functional chemistry, focuses on luminescent imaging and also chemical flow control. Both research tracks encompass a wide range of topics, from the development of chemical sensors, optical characterizations and unsteady flow applications to micro-fiber coating and ice-phobic coating.

An internationally-recognized expert in the field of luminescent imaging for aerospace applications, Sakaue has led the development and improvement of novel luminescent sensors for quantifying flow physics in a variety of applications. He has also directed the advancement of quantum dot-based methods for temperature measurement over a wide range of temperatures, creating an in vivo pH imaging system and designing novel methods for imaging a variety of chemical species.

In addition, Sakaue has made important contributions to the fields of icing and flow control, developing dual-luminescence imaging methods for visualizing temperature in two-phase flows and the application of them to the icing of super cooled water.

He has published 39 journal articles and 107 peer-reviewed conference papers and holds eight patents between the United States, Japan and Taiwan related to his research.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 2015, Sakaue is also affiliated with the Institute for Flow Physics and Control, the Center for Nano Science and Technology at Notre Dame, the University’s Center for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics at Notre Dame. He is also a member of the American Physical Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Prior to joining the University, Sakaue served as a researcher in the Institute for Aeronautical Technology at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

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Originally published by Nina Welding at on October 10, 2019.