Hassan Hassan


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Dr. Hassan has seen a lot of change since arriving at NC State. In 1962 the total student enrollment at NC State was about 7,500 and today it is about 36,000. The different programs in diesel engineering, aeronautical engineering, and mechanical engineering were combined and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering was formed.

In 1964, the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering was created and Dr. Hassan was the central figure in aerospace research. Dr. Hassan spent every summer at NASA Langley Research Center together with an entourage of students working on research problems side by side with NASA researchers. He continued this practice for more than 30 years until the early 1990s – playing a critical role in the development of NASA’s in-house computational fluid dynamics codes with the special focus on predicting transition and separation – the features of aerodynamic flow that continue to challenge engineers today.

He was the major adviser to thirty four doctoral students, authored more than two hundred publications, and has been recognized with numerous research awards including the Alcoa Foundation Distinguished Engineering Research Award, 1987, the Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, 1991, the NASA Public Service Medal, 1992, the R. J. Reynolds Co. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, 1993, the AIAA Thermophysics Award, 1999, and the Alexander Holladay Medal For Excellence, 2004 – the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the NC State trustees.


Ph.D. 1956

Aeronautical Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 1953

Aeronautical Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. 1952


University of London

Research Description

Dr. Hassan led the aerospace faculty in developing a national reputation in aerospace research that is second to none. He was among a distinguished group of faculty who formed the program’s CFD center and later the Mars Mission Research Center – the largest research center in the University of North Carolina System at that time. The center trained our next generation of aerospace researchers and engineers.


NASA trapezoidal-wing simulation using stress-omega, and one- and two-equation turbulence models
Rodio, J. J., Xiao, X., Hassan, H. A., & Rumsey, C. L. (2015), Journal of Aircraft, 52(4), 1189-1200.
Simulation of a variety of wings using a reynolds stress model
Thompson, K. B., & Hassan, H. A. (2015), Journal of Aircraft, 52(5), 1668-1680.
Large-Eddy/Reynolds-averaged navier-stokes simulations of reactive flow in dual-mode scramjet combustor
Fulton, J. A., Edwards, J. R., Hassan, H. A., McDaniel, J. C., Goyne, C. P., Rockwell, R. D., Cutler, A. D., Johansen, C. T., & Danehy, P. M. (2014), Journal of Propulsion and Power, 30(3), 558-575.
Compressible-flow simulations using a new Large-Eddy Simulation/Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes Model
Gieseking, D. A., Choi, J. I., Edwards, J. R., & Hassan, H. A. (2011), (AIAA Journal, 49 10) (pp. 2194-2209).
Simulation of supersonic combustion involving H-2/Air and C2H4/Air
Keistler, P. G., & Hassan, H. A. (2010), (AIAA Journal, 48 1) (pp. 166-173).
Turbulent aeroheating on the mars science laboratory entry vehicle
Bynum, M. D., Hollis, B. R., Hassan, H. A., & Xiao, X. (2008), Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, 22(2), 306-309.
Modeling scramjet flows with variable turbulent Prandtl and Schmidt numbers
Xiao, X., Hassan, H. A., & Baurle, R. A. (2007), AIAA Journal, 45(6), 1415-1423.
Role of turbulent Prandtl numbers on heat flux at hypersonic Mach numbers
Xiao, X., Hassan, H. A., Edwards, J. R., & Gaffney, R. L. (2007), AIAA Journal, 45(4), 806-813.
Variable turbulent Schmidt-number formulation for scramjet applications
Xiao, X., Edwards, J. R., Hassan, H. A., & Cutler, A. D. (2006), AIAA Journal, 44(3), 593-599.
Hybrid large-eddy/Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations of shock-separated flows
Fan, C. C., Xiao, X. D., Edwards, J. R., & Hassan, H. A. (2004), Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 41(6), 897-906.

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Development of Turbulence/Transitional Model and Assessment of Complex Aerodynamic Flows
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(6/17/11 - 1/31/16)
Study of Nonequilibrium Ablation
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(5/29/09 - 8/31/11)
Center for Hypersonic Combined-Cycle Flow Physics
US Air Force - Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)(8/01/09 - 12/31/14)
Radiative Heating Environment During Planetary Entry
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(2/06/08 - 7/31/10)
High-Resolution Simulation and Modeling of Atmospheric Turbulence
US Army(4/19/07 - 3/19/10)
New Approaches for the Forecast of Optical Turbulence
US Army(3/09/06 - 9/08/06)
Study of Heating Environment of Vehicles at High Speed
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)(8/15/05 - 8/14/07)
Improved Modeling of the Turbulent Diffusion of Thermal Energy and of Chemical Species in Turbulent, Chemically-Reacting Flow-Field CFD Calculations
US Air Force (USAF)(8/13/04 - 1/10/09)