National Academy of Engineering's Hussain to visit Auburn, present seminars

Published: Nov 12, 2008 11:33:00 AM
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National Academy of Engineering member Fazle Hussain, Cullen Distinguished Professor and director of the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence at the University of Houston, will visit Auburn University Thursday and Friday Nov. 13-14.

Hussain will present two seminars. The first, "The Looming Crisis in Air Traffic Capacity, What Can Vortex Dynamics Do?" will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the McMillan Auditorium (136 Ross Hall). During this lecture, Hussain will discuss a solution to the overcrowding of airways and runways.

His second lecture will be held on Friday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Hartley Auditorium (1103 Shelby Center). Following remarks by President Jay Gogue, Hussain will discuss the Institute for Advanced Studies, a plan to develop a world-class think tank to solve real world problems in an interdisciplinary environment. The talk is open to the university community.

Hussain will meet with faculty across campus, including agriculture and engineering. His visit reflects one of the core components of Auburn's strategic plan, approved by its Board of Trustees in June, which calls for increasing interaction with members of the national academies. Auburn's faculty currently boasts one member of the National Academy of Engineering, Oliver Kingsley, as well as an associate of the National Research Council, engineering faculty member Juan Gilbert.

Hussain received his doctorate in 1969 from Stanford University. After working as a visiting assistant professor at John Hopkins University, he took a position with the University of Houston's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Hussain has been a faculty member at UH since 1971 and has published hundreds of papers and conference proceedings. His current research interests include fluid mechanics, turbulence, vortex dynamics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, measurement techniques, cardiovascular flows, cell mechanics, nanomechanics and energy studies.