Jacob D Bekenstein ’69
Dr. Alvin J. Paullay, a resident of Tappan, New York since 1968, passed away on Monday, August 03, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta Paullay, daughter Irina M. Paullay Ph.D., and son-in-law Michael D. Schwalberg Ph.D. of New City, New York, son Steven D. Paullay Esq. and daughter-in-law Allison K. Lowy Esq. of Yorktown Heights, New York, grandchildren Hannah, Matthew, and Ian Schwalberg, and Isabella and Remy Paullay, and Brother Harold Paullay of New York.
Alvin J. Paullay was born November 4, 1931, in New York City, New York. He grew up in the Bronx, attended JHS 117, receiving the medal for Excellence in Mathematics at graduation; and the Bronx HS of Science, where he lettered in track and field, and graduated in the upper fourth of the class. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 267, BSA, Bronx, served on Camp Ranachqua staff, and was a member of the Order of the Arrow, WWW. He received a BCE from the City College of New York in 1953, again lettering in Track and Field, an MS in CE from Columbia University in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1969. He did post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and Courant Institute for Mathematical Science. He was a member of honor fraternities Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Gamma Tau, and Sigma Xi and of professional societies ASCE, AIAA, AAUP, MAA, and the Planetary, and the Mars Societies. He was a licensed professional engineer.
Dr. Paullay was employed as an engineer at the Port of New York Authority where he designed an extension to a major runway at Newark Airport to accommodate jet aircrafts and later a structural engineer with the Rocketdyne Corp., Canoga Park, CA, where he was cited for his analysis of engine components on the rocket used in the Mercury Program. He participated in a Hurricane Damage Survey for the firm of TAMS, Engineers, estimating the damage to the City, of New York due to a 15 foot rise in the water level, and made recommendations to minimize the damage. He was a NASA Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA, and again at the NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffitt Field, CA, where his work on the "finite volume method" for solving the equations of shock wave flow was widely recognized. Dr. Paullay was an industrial consultant from 1977 to 1994, working in turbulent jet flow for the Grumman Aerospace Corp., and developing Custom scientific software for the Union Carbide Corporation. He authored or co- authored many important papers in the area of viscous shock waves, computational fluid dynamics, turbulent jet flow, and the fractal nature of metal fracture. He was, for many years, a member of the engineering faculty of the City College of New York, and mathematics faculty of Bronx CC/CUNY, where he introduced the pre-computer science option. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1995.
Throughout his professional life, Dr. Paullay remained active in track and field, coaching at CCNY, and founding and coaching the Bruce TC of New York. He was president of the Metropolitan Track Coaches Association, secretary of the Collegiate Track Conference, and member of the Board of Managers of the Metropolitan AAU. He served as meet director of the CTC Championship, and was vice-president of the CCNY Alumni Varsity Association. He is a member of the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Paullay attended six Olympic Games. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, painting, reading, playing the piano and guitar, and most important, relished time spent with his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.