Dr. Hosein Foroutan

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Foroutan’s areas of expertise and interest include developing and applying advanced computational techniques to study environmental flow systems. These systems are diverse in nature, scale, and physics and include, for example, river, ocean, and atmosphere. By combining simulation results with theory, experiments, and observations he characterizes the transport of momentum, heat, moisture, pollution, and disease in these systems. He is actively engaged in global change projects related to climate dynamics, atmospheric science and air quality, human exposure and health, and biological systems, where environmental flows and transport processes have a critical role.


Dr. Foroutan is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech following a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Computational Science) from Penn State.


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Recent Relevant Publications

Pye, H. O. T., Zuend, A., Fry, J. L., Isaacman-VanWertz, G., Capps, S. L., Appel, K. W., Foroutan, H., Xu, L., Ng, N. L., and Goldstein, A. H. (2018), Coupling of organic and inorganic aerosol systems and the effect on gas–particle partitioning in the southeastern US, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 357-370, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-357-2018.

Bullock Jr., O. R., Foroutan, H., Gilliam, R. C., and Herwehe, J. A. (2017), Adding Four Dimensional Data Assimilation by Analysis Nudging to the Model for Prediction Across Scales – Atmosphere (Version 4.0), Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-2017-246.

Appel, K. W., Napelenok, S. L., Foley, K. M., Pye, H. O. T., Hogrefe, C., Luecken, D. J., Bash, J. O., Roselle, S. J., Pleim, J. E., Foroutan, H., Hutzell, W. T., Pouliot, G. A., Sarwar, G., Fahey, K. M., Gantt, B., Gilliam, R. C., Heath, N. K., Kang, D., Mathur, R., Schwede, D. B., Spero, T. L., Wong, D. C., and Young, J. O. (2017), Description and evaluation of the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system version 5.1, Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 1703-1732, https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-1703-2017.

Foroutan, H., and J. E. Pleim (2017), Improving the simulation of convective dust storms in regional-to-global models, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9, 2046–2060, doi:10.1002/2017MS000953.

Foroutan, H., J. Young, S. Napelenok, L. Ran, K. W. Appel, R. C. Gilliam, and J. E. Pleim (2017), Development and evaluation of a physics-based windblown dust emission scheme implemented in the CMAQ modeling system, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9, 585–608, doi:10.1002/2016MS000823.