Hosein Foroutan
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliate Faculty, The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech
Affiliate Faculty, BIOTRANS at Virginia Tech

Office: 417 Durham Hall
Email: hosein@vt.edu
Phone: (540) 232-8400

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Ali Hossein Mardi
Postdoctoral Scholar
Email: alihmardi@vt.edu

Ali Joined the AIRFLows Lab in 2021 as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona and an M.S. in Civil-Environmental Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology in Iran. His research interest is to study the formation, transport, and fate of aerosols in the atmosphere. Currently, he participates in an interdisciplinary study of Aeolian dust aerosols sourced from northern Africa and their ability to act as a medium for the transportation of microorganisms across the Atlantic.


Charbel Harb
Ph.D. Student
Email: charbel@vt.edu

Charbel joined AIRFlowS in 2018 as a Ph.D. student, after earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese American University. His research aims to improve understanding and characterization of aerosols emissions from aquatic environments.


Xinyue Huang
Ph.D. Student
Email: xinyueh@vt.edu

Xinyue joined AIRFlowS Lab in 2019. She has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University and a M.S. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. Her research interest is to simulate the fate and transport of substances in the environment with numerical models. She is working to develop an improved wind-blown dust emission scheme.


Manu Nimmala
Ph.D. Student (Co-advised with Dr. Shane Ross, AOE) 
Email: nimmala@vt.edu

Manu joined AIRFlowS and the Ross Dynamics Lab in 2019 as a Ph.D. student, after earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Her research is on fine-scale modeling of pollen transport from genetically-engineered crops.


Nishan Pokhrel
Ph.D. Student 
Email: nishan@vt.edu

Nishan joined the AIRFlowS Lab in 2021 as a Ph.D. student. He did his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. His previous research dealt with developing and using a direct-on-filter (DOF) Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) method to analyze coal mine dust samples to estimate different minerals present in the airborne dust. His current research work deals with improving the understanding of microplastics in the atmosphere.


Huan Yang
Ph.D. Student 
Email: yanghuan@vt.edu

Huan joined AIRFlowS Lab in 2021 as a Ph.D. student. She has a B.E in Harbor and Coastal Engineering from Hohai University, China, and an M.S in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from UCLA. Her current research focuses on water-sediment exchange and hydrodynamics process simulation in river networks using computational fluid dynamics.


Nora AlAmiri
B.S. Student 
Email: nora99@vt.edu

Nora joined AIRFlowS Lab in 2020. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering while minoring in Green Engineering. Her research interest is to improve understanding of the aerosolization from aquatic environments.


Former Members

Rayssa Brandao
M.S. in Environmental Engineering, 2021
Thesis Title: Atmospheric Pollutant Levels in Southeast Brazil During COVID-19 Lockdown: Combined Satellite and Ground-based Data Analysis