Dr. Foroutan is an Associate Professor in the Charles Edward Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an affiliate faculty with the Global Change Center, BIOTRANS, and the Center for Coastal Studies 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

  • Junior Fellow Award, Fralin Life Sciences Institute, Virginia Tech, 2022
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2022
  • 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

  • Emissions, Transport, and Fate of Emerging Pollutants in the Atmosphere
  • Air Quality and Human Health
  • Atmospheric Science and Climate Dynamics
  • Environmental and Geophysical Fluid Mechanics
  • Microplastics and Nanoplastics