Dr. Hamid Hefazi
Dr. Hamid Hefazi is a Professor and the Chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at CSULB. Professor Hefazi received his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. He has been involved in a broad range of teaching and research activities in fluid mechanics, including geophysical fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with emphasis on the computation of transonic flows over complex geometries. His more recent research works have been on the application of CFD in turbomachinery, aerodynamic design optimization, aeroacoustics, hydrodynamics, and advanced optimization methods. He has 41 papers in various publications, and three book chapters including co-authoring the "Aircraft Design" chapter of the Springer Handbook of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Hefazi has been the Principal Investigator for seventy-five (75) externally funded research projects totaling $7.5 million, including projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). He has organized two national conferences, taught several short courses for industry and given many invited lectures and talks for aerospace companies. Dr. Hefazi has extensively worked as a consultant for wind energy companies and the Prada 2000 and 2003 America's Cup Challenges in the areas of keel, hull and sail performance for race boats. He is the director of the Computational Research Laboratory at CSULB.
Dr. Hefazi has served as the director of a number of other projects in the College of Engineering, including the Technology Reinvestment Program (TRP), the Employment Training Program (ETP) for Boeing, Mattel Inc. and Rocketdyne employees, and two projects sponsored by the California Trade and Commerce Agency. More recently, Dr. Hefazi established and served as the director of "Certificate Program in Aerospace Manufacturing." This program , developed in collaboration with the Boeing Company, was offered through University extension and graduated over 200 individuals. He also established and directed a formal internship program with Honeywell Aerospace in 2002. Under this program, close to 40 CSULB engineering students worked as interns at Honeywell. Dr. Hefazi is the director & University representative of the "Boeing Technology Center." He is also a member of the California Space Grant Consortium.