Dr. Hassanzadeh studies fluid dynamics and heat transfer in complex natural phenomena and engineering systems using numerical, mathematical, and statistical models, guided by observational and experimental data. The main theme of his work is understanding multi-scale processes at fundamental levels and then applying this knowledge to real-world and practical problems. Examples of problems of interest are environmental and geophysical flows, reduced-order modeling of turbulent flows, extreme weather events, flow control in energy systems, climate/weather modeling, and numerical and mathematical modeling of thermo-fluid processes. His work often involves developing and employing high-resolution numerical models, devising stochastic prototypes, and analyzing big datasets.
Dr. Hassanzadeh received his B.S. from the University of Tehran (2005), M.S. from the University of Waterloo (2007), and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (2013), all in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a M.A. degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley (2012). He was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment (2013-2015) and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Department of Earth and Planetary Science (2015-2016). Dr. Hassanzadeh was also a Research Associate at the University of Waterloo (2007-2008), GFD Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2012), and Associate at Harvard University (2016). He joined the faculty at Rice in 2016.
Dr. Hassanzadeh’s honors and awards include an Early-Career Research Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program, a Ziff Environmental Fellowship from the Harvard University Center for the Environment, paper selected for the American Geophysical Union Research Spotlight, NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Outstanding Preliminary Examination Award and Jonathan Laitone Memorial Scholarship from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of UC Berkeley.