David B. Go named Viola D. Hank Professor

David Go

David B. Go, professor and chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded an endowed professorship. He will become Notre Dame’s Viola D. Hank Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, effective January 1, 2022.

“Appointment to an endowed chair is one of the highest honors in the University, signifying distinguished achievement in one’s field,” said Patricia J. Culligan, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering. “David is an outstanding researcher and a talented teacher and leader.”

Go is highly regarded for his work in plasma science and engineering, heat transfer and fluid dynamics, and chemical analysis. He is well known for his work on the fundamental behavior of plasmas at microscale dimensions, the interactions of plasmas with water, and how plasmas can be used to promote catalytic reactions.

Go’s other projects have encompassed the development of integrated microfluidic devices for early disease detection and the design of software that analyzes the thermal effects of metal 3D printing orientations to reduced failed builds. Go holds seven patents and patent applications, which have led to two licensed technologies.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and president of the Electrostatics Society of America. He has received the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Electrochemistry Society Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship, the Electrostatics Society of America Rising Star Award, and the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society Early Achievement Award.

Go received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame in 2001. He received his M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He has served as a faculty member in the Notre Dame College of Engineering since 2008.

— Nina Welding, College of Engineering