Hefazi, Hamid


Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

Dr. Hamid Hefazi is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department head at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Prior to joining FIT in Fall 2013, Professor Hefazi served as the MAE department chair at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for twelve years. Professor Hefazi received his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. Dr. Hefazi has been the Principal Investigator for more than one-hundred externally funded research projects totaling over $10.6 million, including projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the Boeing Company. 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.

Educational Background

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tehran University, Iran, 1976

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State University Long Beach, 1979

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California, 1985

Recognition & Awards

Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, CSULB 1989

TRW Excellence in Teaching Award, CSULB 1997

Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, CSULB, 1998

Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Orange County Engineering Council, Orange County, California, February 2002

Outstanding recognition Award, Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, February 2002

The Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Award for 2005 Mentor Protégé Program with Northrop Grumman Space Technology, March 2005

The Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Award for 2006 Mentor Protégé Program with Northrop Grumman Space Technology, March 2006

Best paper of the year award, Computer Science Corporation (CSC) Washington DC, April 2009 (www.csc.com , Leading Edge Forum)

Professional Experience

Part-time lecturer, ME Department, California State University Long Beach (CSULB), CA, 1982 – 1985

Assistant/Associate Professor, ME and AE Departments, California State University Long Beach, CA, 1985 – 1990

Visiting Professor, ONERA, Toulouse France 1996

Professor, AE and MAE Departments, California State University Long Beach, CA, 1991 – 2013

Department Chair, California State University Long Beach, Aerospace Engineering Department, 2000 – 2003

Department Chair, California State University Long Beach, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, 2003 – 2012.

Director, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Research Laboratory at CSULB, 2000 – 2013

Director, Center for Advance Technology Support for Aerospace Industry (Boeing Technology Center) at CSULB, 2000 – 2013

Director, Composite Research Laboratory at CSULB, 2000 – 2013

Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director, CSULB Foundation, 1990 – 2013

Department Head, Florida Institute of Technology, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, 2013 – Present.

Other Professional Experiences

Prada Challenge for America's Cup 2000, 1998 – 2000, Consultant on CFD tools for aero and hydrodynamics design.

Prada Challenge for America's Cup 2003, 1999 – 2003, Consultant on CFD tools for aero and hydrodynamics design.

Mariah Power Inc, 2006, Consultant on CFD analysis of vertical wind turbine bales.

Competitive Access Systems Inc, 2007, Consultant on design and analysis of a small water driven turbine.

The Band Lavis Division of CDI Marine, 2010, Consultant on Neural Networks Based RSM methods.

Selected Publications

Cebeci, T., Hefazi, H., Roknaldin, F., and Carr, L.W., "Prediction of Stall and Post-Stall Behavior of Airfoils at Low Mach Numbers." AIAA Journal, Vol. 33, No. 5, 1995.

Hefazi, H. Kaups, K. and Murry, R., "Ice Accretion on a Radial Inflow Turbine Blade." Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol. 118, July 1996.

Besnard, E., Schmitz, A., Hefazi, H., and Shinde, R., “Constructive Neural Networks and Their Application to Ship Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization.” Journal of Ship Research, Volume 51, Number 4, December 2007, pp 297-312(16)

Hefazi, H and Schaufele, “Aircraft Design.” Chapter 13 , International Handbook of Mechanical Engineering, Publisher Springer-Verlag, February 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-49131-6

Schmitz, A. Corouble, F. Hefazi, H. and Besnard E, “ Modified Cascade Correlation Neural Networks and its Applications to Multidisciplinary Analysis, Design and Optimization in Ship design”, Machine Learning , In-Tech publisher, February 2010, ISBN 978-953-307-033-9

Hefazi, H., Schmitz, A (CSULB) Mizine, I., and Klomparens, (Computer Science Corporation (CSC) advanced Marine) “Multidisciplinary Synthesis Optimization Process in Multihull ship design”, Journal of Naval Engineering , Vol. 122, No 3 , December 2010.

Hefazi, H., Hamel, J. and Schmitz, A., “Development of Decomposition Based Optimization for Ship design” , 10th International Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT’11), Berlin, Germany , May 2-4, 2011 .

Dougherty, D, Vore, A and Hefazi, H “High Lift Flap System for a Tailless Transport Aircraft” AIAA Paper No. 2013-0965, 51st Annual AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, 7-10 January 2013.