Sfx: Plane roar Cathleen Synge Morawetz is a problem solver. Morawetz’s mathematical solutions are fundamental to aerodynamics, acoustics and optics. For most of her career, these problems were solved at New York
University’s Courant Institute. Morowetz worked closely with Richard Courant, the Institute’s namesake. She also served as the Institute’s first woman director. Sfx: plane roar We know how planes fly or do we? What happens to the flow of air around an airplane wing flying near or above the speed of sound. If shockwaves form, drag increases. The more drag, the more power required to maintain speed. Her theory on transonic flow lead to new studies in the design of
wings, minimizing the size and effect of such shock waves. Cathleen Morawetz carved a path — scattered with noteworthy research and distinguished leadership.