Dr. Hosein Foroutan

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Foroutan’s research focuses on environmental, geophysical, and biological flow systems. These systems are diverse in nature, scale, and physics and include, for instance, atmosphere, ocean, and streams. With a synergistic blend of numerical simulations, theory, experiments, and observations he characterizes the transport of pollutants (chemicals, pathogens, allergens, and toxins) in these flow systems. His research is highly interdisciplinary and integrates fluid dynamics, atmospheric, Earth and environmental, and aerosol sciences. He is actively engaged in global change projects related to air pollution, human exposure and health, climate dynamics, and biological systems, where environmental flows and transport processes have a critical role.


Dr. Foroutan is an Assistant Professor 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

Harb, C., Pan, J., DeVilbiss, S., Badgley, B., Marr, L., Schmale III, D., and Foroutan, H., 2021, “Increasing freshwater salinity impacts aerosolized bacteria,” Environmental Science & Technology, In Press (Articles ASAP), https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c08558

Nolan, P., Foroutan, H., and Ross, S., 2020, “Pollution transport patterns obtained through generalized Lagrangian coherent structures,” Atmosphere, 11, 168, https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11020168

Harb, C. and Foroutan, H., 2019, “A systematic analysis of the salinity effect on air bubbles evolution: laboratory experiments in a breaking wave analog,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 124, 7355-7374,  https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JC015337

Foroutan, H., Tang, W., Heist, D., Perry, S., Brouwer, L., and Monbureau, E., 2018, “Numerical analysis of pollutant dispersion around elongated buildings: an embedded large eddy simulation approach,” Atmospheric Environment, 187, 117-130, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.05.053

Foroutan, H., Young, J., Napelenok, S., Ran, L., Appel, K.W., Gilliam, R.C. and Pleim, J.E., 2017, “Development and evaluation of a physics-based windblown dust emission scheme implemented in the CMAQ modeling system,” Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9, 585–608, https://doi.org/10.1002/2016MS000823