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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Fazle Hussain Ph.D.

Fazle Hussain, Ph.D.

Fazle Hussain, Ph.D.

Fazle Hussain, Ph.D.

Full Member 
Dean of Engineering
Council of Deans
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Cullen Distinguished Professor
Director, Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Houston

E-mail:  fhussain@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4500


Ph.D.   Stanford University, Stanford, CA (Mechanical Engineering)
M.S.   Stanford University, Stanford, CA (Mechanical Engineering)
B.S.   Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, India (Mechanical Engineering)


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 The Methodist Hospital 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.

Major Areas of Research

Fluid mechanics, turbulent flows, vortex dynamics, jets and boundary layers, aeroacoustics, optical measurement techniques, fluidized beds, bio-fluid dynamics

Recent Publications

Pahlevan NM, Amlani F, Hossein Gorji M, Hussain F, Gharib M. A physiologically relevant, simple outflow boundary model for truncated vasculature. Ann Biomed Eng. 2011 May;39(5):1470-81. PMID: 21240638

Ziemys A, Grattoni A, Fine D, Hussain F, Ferrari M. Confinement effects on monosaccharide transport in nanochannels. J Phys Chem B. 2010 Sep 2;114(34):11117-26. PMID: 20738139

Grattoni A, De Rosa E, Ferrati S, Wang Z, Gianesini A, Liu X, Hussain F, Goodall R, Ferrari M. Analysis of nanochanneled membrane structure through convective gas flow. J Micromech Microeng. 2009 Nov; 19(11):115018. doi:10.1088/0960-1317/19/11/115018 

Shi F, Sharma P, Kouri DJ, Hussain F, Gunaratne GH. Nanostructures with long-range order in monolayer self-assembly. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2008 Aug;78(2 Pt 2):025203. PMID: 18850882

Hu S, Nathan G, Hussain F, Kouri DJ, Sharma P, Gunaratne GH. On stability of self-assembled nanoscale patterns. J. Mechanics and Physics of Solids. 18, pp. 1357-84 (2007)  doi: 10.1016/j.jmps.2007.01.003