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02-18-2011

Fazle Hussain to Speak at Clarkson University on Solution for Crisis in Air Traffic Capacity


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Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering has announced that a professor from the University of Houston, who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, will offer a possible solution to the looming crisis in air traffic capacity, when he speaks at Clarkson University early next month.

Fazle Hussain, a Cullen Distinguished University Chair and the director of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics & Turbulence at the University of Houston, will speak on "The Looming Crisis in Air Traffic Capacity -- Can Vortex Dynamics Help?" on Friday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Clarkson’s Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 

A reception with refreshments will precede the presentation at 3 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.fhussain

Hussain is the second speaker in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series, which is dedicated to improving the understanding of important issues facing engineering and society in the 21st century.

Airspace demand is expected to triple by 2025, but the actual amount of airspace available will remain unchanged. Safe aircraft separation to avoid wake hazard is not only already a challenge during takeoffs and landings, but will become a major problem when aircraft cruise in the crowded skies.

Hussain proposes a method of breaking up the trailing vortices and inducing their rapid decay so that separation between aircraft can be significantly reduced.

Hussain’s expertise is in vortex dynamics, turbulence, and measurement techniques. He is most known for his contributions via experiments and numerical analysis to ’order within disorder’ of fluid turbulence. He has also performed research in solar energy, holography, flow noise, flow control, cardiovascular dynamics, and nanotechnology.

Hussain is now interested in fuel savings by drag reduction, wind turbine technology, offshore wind farms, cancer drug delivery, and microseismology.

Following his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1969 at Stanford University, Hussain was a post-doc at Johns Hopkins University before joining the University of Houston in 1971, where he was named the Cullen Distinguished Professor in 1989. In 2010, he was appointed the Cullen Distinguished University Chair in Mechanical Engineering.

His accomplishments have made him arguably the most decorated fluid dynamicist ever. Of the field’s four most coveted awards, only two other people have won two. Hussain has won all four, including the Freeman Scholar Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society (APS), the Fluids Engineering Award from ASME, and the Fluid Dynamics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Hussain served as the chair of the Fluid Dynamics Division of APS and is a fellow of APS, ASME and AIAA. In 2007, the University of Houston awarded him the Esther Farfel Award, a career award for combined excellence in teaching, research and service. He was the 2009 Moore Distinguished Scholar at California Institute of Technology.

He is an Honorary Professor for Life at the Peking University in Beijing, the Satish Dhawan Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and the Dean of Engineering of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston.

Hussain is currently the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas.

Read more about the in the New Horizons in Engineering Distinguished Lectureship Series at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/2010/news-release_2010-08-20-3.html .

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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