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California State University, Long Beach

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

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Dr. Hamid Rahai


Fall 2015 Schedule

Schedule Sem/Lab Time Days Room
MAE 537-01 SEM 5:30-6:45PM TTH VEC-210


Dr. Hamid Rahai received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, in 1988. His areas of expertise are Aerodynamics, Convective Heat and Mass Transfer and Turbulence.

Dr. Rahai has been teaching, consulting, and performing research in the area of Fluid and Thermal Sciences since 1988. He is the coordinator of various undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Inviscid and Compressible Flows, Viscous Flows, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Experimental Techniques in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, and Turbulence. He has been the principal investigator on projects related to: turbulent flow in the interaction region of a wing-body junction; distortion of passive scalar by two-dimensional and axsisymmetric objects; the effects of mean strain rate on decay of a temperature variance; dissipation of a passive scalar in the presence of a mean velocity gradient; numerical analysis of turbulent flow past a simplified heart valve prosthesis, development of a high efficiency vertical axis wind turbine, and reducing diesel engine emissions.

Dr. Rahai is the recipient of numerous CSULB Scholarly and Creative Activities Awards, including the 2002-2003 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Award and the 2004 Northrop-Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. He has authored or coauthored more than 50 scientific papers, is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

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