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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

MSc, Stanford University
PhD, Stanford University

VD3 mitigates breast cancer aggressiveness by targeting V-H+-ATPase
Santos, JM & Hussain, F 2019, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, vol. 70, pp. 185-193.

Reynolds number effect on drag control via spanwise wall oscillation in turbulent channel flows
Yao, J, Chen, X & Hussain, F 2019, Physics of Fluids, vol. 31, no. 8, 085108.

Enhanced blebbing as a marker for metastatic prostate cancer
Khan, ZS, Santos, JM, Vaz, NG & Hussain, F 2019, Biomicrofluidics, vol. 13, no. 3, 034110.

Length-scale cascade and spread rate of atomizing planar liquid jets
Zandian, A, Sirignano, WA & Hussain, F 2019, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, vol. 113, pp. 117-141.

Dynamics of fracturing saturated porous media and self-organization of rupture
Peruzzo, C, Cao, DT, Milanese, E, Favia, P, Pesavento, F, Hussain, F & Schrefler, BA 2019, European Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids, vol. 74, pp. 471-484.

Non-universal scaling transition of momentum cascade in wall turbulence
Chen, X, Hussain, F & She, ZS 2019, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, pp. 871R21-871R212.

Higher Glucose Enhances Breast Cancer Cell Aggressiveness
Santos, JM & Hussain, F 2019, Nutrition and Cancer.

Prediction of compressible turbulent boundary layer via a symmetry-based length model
She, ZS, Zou, HY, Xiao, MJ, Chen, X & Hussain, F 2018, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 857, pp. 449-468.

Drag control in wall-bounded turbulent flows via spanwise opposed wall-jet forcing
Yao, J, Chen, X & Hussain, F 2018, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 852, pp. 678-709.

Quantification of turbulent mixing in colliding gravity currents
Zhong, Q, Hussain, F & Fernando, HJS 2018, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 851, pp. 125-147.

Toward vortex identification based on local pressure-minimum criterion in compressible and variable density flows
Yao, J & Hussain, F 2018, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 850, pp. 5-17.

Quantifying wall turbulence via a symmetry approach. Part 2. Reynolds stresses
Chen, X, Hussain, F & She, ZS 2018, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, pp. 401-438.

Understanding liquid-jet atomization cascades via vortex dynamics
Zandian, A, Sirignano, WA & Hussain, F 2018, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 843, pp. 293-354.

Vitamin D3 decreases glycolysis and invasiveness, and increases cellular stiffness in breast cancer cells
Santos, JM, Khan, ZS, Munir, MT, Tarafdar, K, Rahman, SM & Hussain, F 2018, Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, vol. 53, pp. 111-120.

Porous media fracturing dynamics: stepwise crack advancement and fluid pressure oscillations
Cao, TD, Hussain, F & Schrefler, BA 2018, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, vol. 111, pp. 113-133.

Aggressive prostate cancer cell nuclei have reduced stiffness
Khan, ZS, Santos, JM & Hussain, F 2018, Biomicrofluidics, vol. 12, no. 1, 014102.

Optimal transient growth on a vortex ring and its transition via cascade of ringlets
Mao, X & Hussain, F 2017, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 832, pp. 269-286.

Quantifying wall turbulence via a symmetry approach: A Lie group theory
She, ZS, Chen, X & Hussain, F 2017, JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS, vol. 827, pp. 322-356.

Numerical simulation of liquid round jet atomization
Jarrahbashi, D, Sirignano, WA, Popov, PP & Hussain, F 2017, Physical Review Fluids, vol. 2, no. 9, 090504.

Temperature-Invariant Scaling for Compressible Turbulent Boundary Layers with Wall Heat Transfer
Shadloo, MS, Hadjadj, A & Hussain, F 2017, Heat Transfer Engineering, pp. 1-10.

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