Clarkson University Robert H. Hill Professor of Mechanical Engineering Goodarz Ahmadi is in his second and final year in the prestigious role as Committee Chair for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Freeman Scholar Award.
Ahmadi was named chair of the award committee in the fall of 2020 and will serve one more year in the position. Ahmadi won the Freeman Scholar Award in 2016.
The Freeman Scholar Award Committee is tasked with selecting the recipient of the Freeman Scholar Award. A person of significant expertise in fluids engineering is selected as the Freeman Scholar. Freeman Scholars are expected to review a coherent topic in their specialty, write a review article for the Journal of Fluids Engineering and present a plenary lecture during the Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting.
“I am honored and pleased to serve as the Chair of the ASME Freeman Scholar Award Committee that selects the recipient of one of the top Fluid Mechanics Awards in the nation,” Ahmadi said.
Ahmadi and his colleague are currently working on NSF and EPA-funded projects studying the dispersion and transport of respiratory droplets emitted by speaking or coughing in indoor environments in connection to the aerosols transmission of COVID-19. Earlier, he worked on DTRA, EPA, and DOE-funded projects for developing new techniques for modeling particle adhesion and resuspension, pollutant transport and dispersion, and turbulent flows of dense and dilute, solid-gas or liquid mixtures with application to particulate transport and processing, spray formation, and hot-gas filtration. In addition, earlier projects analyzed particle transport, deposition, and removal in turbulent flows with application to micro-contamination control in microelectronic, xerographic, and glass industries. These research projects were funded by IBM, GE, Xerox, Corning, and New York State Science and Technology Foundation (CAMP).
Ahmadi has also been involved in developing schemes for separation control of flapped airfoils, active control of turbulence flows, subsurface flows in addition to active and passive vibration control of space structures during the lift-off and in orbit. These research activities were funded by AFOSR, DOE, NSF, and NASA. Earlier, he worked on related NSF projects on the base isolation of buildings in seismic regions for their protection against earthquakes.
Ahmadi has authored more than 750 papers in journals, in addition to three books and more than 1,280 papers in national and international conference proceedings. He has also given more than 190 keynote lectures and invited seminars worldwide. He is on the editorial advisory board of thirteen technical journals and is a fellow of ASME, ISME, ISCE, ASTFE and IAAM. Earlier, he was also a Senior Research Associate at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).