Dr. Foroutan is an Assistant Professor in the Charles Edward Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an affiliate faculty with the Global Change Center and BIOTRANS at Virginia Tech.  He joined VT in August 2017 following a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). He holds a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Computational Science) from Penn State.

Honors and Awards

  • The Early Career Research Award, European Association for the Science of Air Pollution, 2016
  • The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2014
  • Hydro Research Foundation (HRF) / U.S. Department of Energy Fellowship Award, 2013
  • ASME/IGTI Heat Transfer Committee Best Technical Paper Award, 2012
  • U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Student Fellowship for Hydropower Research, 2011

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics
  • Atmospheric Science and Climate Dynamics
  • Emissions, Transport, and Fate of Pollutants in the Atmosphere
  • Air Quality and Human Health
  • Turbulence and Turbulent Flows

Research Activities

  • Numerical simulation of environmental and geophysical flow systems
  • Multi-scale multi-pollutant air quality modelling
  • Long-range transport of particles in the atmosphere
  • Momentum/enthalpy/mass exchange at the air-sea interface
  • Physical processes governing emissions of air pollutants