Hassan Peerhossaini


Doctor of Science, Université Pierre et Marie Curie Physics, 1987
Doctoral studies, Stanford University Mechanical Engineering, 1979
Masters, University of Tehran Mechanical Engineering, 1974

In January 2018, Dr. Hassan Peerhossaini joined Western Engineering’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a cross-appointment with the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, as the Western Research Chair in Urban Resilience and Sustainability.

Peerhossaini brings a wealth of experience to Western Engineering, serving as a member of the French High Council of Mechanics, Scientific Councilor of the French High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education, Founder and Director of the Energy of Tomorrow program at the Unversité Sorbonne Paris Cité, previous Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Energy program of the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and member of several national and international scientific committees.

Peerhossaini’s research interests lie in interdisciplinary approaches to energy systems and their social and economic impacts, with a focus in areas such as physics of turbulence, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and the dynamics of active matter.

Prior to joining Western Engineering, Peerhossaini served as Distinguished Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer at the University of Paris (France), where in 2012, he co-founded and chaired the Paris Interdisciplinary Energy Research Institute (PIERI).

PIERI is a research institute developed in response to environmental concerns and the challenges of energy transition. The institute’s objectives are to develop interdisciplinary perspectives on energy issues, nurture fundamental discoveries on energy sourcing, promote knowledge transfer to companies, understand societal impacts and inform policy-making processes.