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Fazle Hussain, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Fazle Hussain is the Cullen Distinguished Professor and director of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence, in the mechanical engineering department at The University of Houston. Dr. Hussain is a world-renowned scientist in fluid dynamics with over 200 papers in prestigious journals. He has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge six times, the Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore, the Institute of Mechanics at Beijing, the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at UCSB, and is the lifetime Moore Distinguished Scholar at Caltech and an honorary professor at Peking University.

Dr. Hussain currently serves on the board of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, as the mechanical engineering chair of the National Academy of Engineering, and as chair of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. He is a Fellow of APS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Dr. Hussain has received awards including the Freeman Scholar Award of ASME in 1984, the Fluid Dynamics Prize of APS in 1998, the Fluids Engineering Award of ASME in 2000, and the Fluid Dynamics Award of AIAA in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in fluid dynamics. Dr. Hussain is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

At Houston Methodist Research Institute, Dr. Hussain serves as the Dean of Engineering of the Council of Deans. In this capacity, he provides leadership, guidance and counsel for research and education.

Description of Research

The primary theme of Dr. Hussain’s research is the search for order in the disorder of turbulence. That is, underlying the complicated, seemingly random motion of turbulence, there is an organization. Dr. Hussain was one of the pioneers in recognizing that such organized motion is the key to understanding turbulence, and to controlling turbulent flows for technological benefit. For example, to design better engines and turbines, reduce drag and hence saving fuel in aircraft, and reduce the noise from jet engines. For applications like these and more, he has pursued experimental, numerical and theoretical studies of the basic mechanisms of turbulence.

Areas Of Expertise

Fluid mechanics Turbulent flows Vortex dynamics Jets and boundary layers Aeroacoustics Optical measurement techniques Fluidized beds Bio-fluid dynamics
Education & Training

, Stanford University

Forward Scattering and Volterra Renormalization for Acoustic Wavefield Propagation in Vertically Varying Media
Yao, J, Lesage, AC, Hussain, F & Kouri, DJ 2016, Communications in Computational Physics, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 353-373. DOI:

Compressibility effects on the structural evolution of transitional high-speed planar wakes
Hickey, JP, Hussain, F & Wu, X 2016, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, pp. 5-39. DOI:

External turbulence-induced axial flow and instability in a vortex
Stout, E & Hussain, F 2016, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 793, pp. 353-379. DOI:

Early spray development at high gas density: Hole, ligament and bridge formations
Jarrahbashi, D, Sirignano, WA, Popov, PP & Hussain, F 2016, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 792, pp. 186-231. DOI:

Correlations for Densities of Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions
Nguyen, NH, Hussain, F & Chen, CC 2016, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, vol 61, no. 2, pp. 740-747. DOI:

Alteration of lipid membrane structure and dynamics by diacylglycerols with unsaturated chains
Alwarawrah, M, Hussain, F & Huang, J 2016, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes, vol 1858, no. 2, pp. 253-263. DOI:

Anomalous dissipation and kinetic-energy distribution in pipes at very high Reynolds numbers
Chen, X, Wei, BB, Hussain, F & She, ZS 2016, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol 93, no. 1, 011102. DOI:

DNS of turbulent boundary layers in the quasi-laminarization process
Araya, G, Castillo, L & Hussain, F 2016, . in ERCOFTAC Series. vol. 23, ERCOFTAC Series, vol. 23, Springer Netherland, pp. 63-71, 2nd WALLTURB Workshop on Understanding and modelling of wall turbulence, 2014, Lille, France, 18-20 June. DOI:

Gelatin nanofiber matrices derived from schiff base derivative for tissue engineering applications
Jaiswal, D, James, R, Shelke, NB, Harmon, MD, Brown, JL, Hussain, F & Kumbar, SG 2015, Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, vol 11, no. 11, pp. 2067-2080. DOI:

The log behaviour of the Reynolds shear stress in accelerating turbulent boundary layers
Araya, G, Castillo, L & Hussain, F 2015, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 775, pp. 189-200. DOI:

Statistical behavior of supersonic turbulent boundary layers with heat transfer at M8=2
Shadloo, MS, Hadjadj, A & Hussain, F 2015, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, vol 53, pp. 113-134. DOI:

Low-frequency reflection-data augmentation by an inpainting method: 1D acoustic media
Lesage, AC, Yao, J, Hussain, F & Kouri, DJ 2015, Geophysics, vol 80, no. 4, pp. R139-R153. DOI:

Inverse scattering theory: Inverse scattering series method for one dimensional non-compact support potential
Yao, J, Lesage, AC, Bodmann, BG, Hussain, F & Kouri, DJ 2014, Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol 55, no. 12, 1.4904725. DOI:

Human equilibrative nucleoside transporter-1 knockdown tunes cellular mechanics through epithelial-mesenchymal transition in pancreatic cancer cells
Lee, Y, Koay, EJ, Zhang, W, Qin, L, Kirui, DK, Hussain, F, Shen, H & Ferrari, M 2014, PLoS ONE, vol 9, no. 10, e107973. DOI:

One dimensional acoustic direct nonlinear inversion using the Volterra inverse scattering series
Yao, J, Lesage, AC, Bodmann, BG, Hussain, F & Kouri, DJ 2014, Inverse Problems, vol 30, no. 7, 075006. DOI:

Field measurements in the wake of a model wind turbine
Pol, S, Taylor, A, Bilbao, A, Doostalab, A, Novoa, S, Westergaard, C, Hussain, F, Sheng, J, Ren, B, Giesselmann, M, Glauser, M & Castillo, L 2014, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol 524, no. 1, 012175. DOI:

On the near-wall vortical structures at moderate Reynolds numbers
Schlatter, P, Li, Q, Örlü, R, Hussain, F & Henningson, DS 2014, European Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids, vol 48, pp. 75-93. DOI:

Three phase flow dynamics in tumor growth
Sciumè, G, Gray, WG, Hussain, F, Ferrari, M, Decuzzi, P & Schrefler, BA 2014, Computational Mechanics, vol 53, no. 3, pp. 465-484. DOI:

Velocity-vorticity correlation structure in turbulent channel flow
Chen, J, Hussain, F, Pei, J & She, ZS 2014, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 742, pp. 291-307. DOI:

Role of coherent structures in multiple self-similar states of turbulent planar wakes
Hickey, JP, Hussain, F & Wu, X 2013, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol 731, pp. 312-363. DOI: