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Professor Hossein Haj-Hariri is a USC Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina, which he joined in January of 2016. For the prior 27 years he was on the faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia, where he was chair from 2005 through 2015. He was also concurrently the associate vice president for research in 2014-2015, and the co-Director of the K-12 Engineering Design Laboratory since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. and S.M. in Mechanical Engineering (in Applied Mechanics), and also an S.B. in Civil Engineering, all from MIT.
Through his research efforts, Professor Haj-Hariri has guided more than 35 research scientists, postdocs, and graduate students, as well as over 50 undergraduate students in their research, and published over 100 research papers, through over $30M of sponsored research funding.
Dr. Haj-Hariri’s area of research has spanned a broad subset of computational and theoretical applied mechanics: theoretical aero-acoustics, hydrodynamic stability, linear and nonlinear waves, singular perturbations, microgravity fluid mechanics, interfacial phenomena, fluid solid interactions, fluid mechanics of swimming, and passive thermal management. He holds several patents in the area of thermal management, and carbon-fiber composites.