Hamid Hefazi / 하미드 히파지

 Email: hamid.hefazi@sunykorea.ac.kr

 Phone: +82-32-626-1800

 Office: Academic Building B619-1



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

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

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



  • SUNY Korea, MEC Dept. Chair, 2019-present
  • Florida Institute of Technology, Professor and MAE Dept. Head, 2013 – 2019
  • Cal. State Univ., Long Beach, Professor and MAE Department Head, 2003 – 2012
  • Cal. State Univ., Long Beach, Professor and AE Department Head, 1990 – 2003  
  • Cal. State Univ., Long Beach, Associate Professor AE Department, 1988 – 1990  
  • Cal. State Univ., Long Beach, Assistant Professor AE Department, 1985 – 1988
  • Consultant on Neural Networks Based RSM methods, The Band Lavis Division of CDI Marine, Glen Burnie, Maryland, 2010.
  • Short Course on Turbomachinery Icing Technology, Honeywell Aerospace Systems, Torrance, California, 2008. 
  • Short Course on Impulse Turbine Design and Applications, Honeywell Aerospace Systems, Torrance, California, 2008. 
  • Consultant on design and analysis of a small water driven turbine, Competitive Access Systems Inc., Loveland, Colorado, 2007.
  • Consultant on CFD analysis of vertical wind turbine bales, Mariah Power Inc., Ellsworth, Kansas, 2006.


Research Areas:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbomachinery
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Ship Design
  • Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization (MDO) Methods


Major Research Achievements:

Dr. Hefazi has made many contributions in a broad range of research in fluid mechanics, including geophysical fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with emphasis on the computation of transonic flows over complex geometries. His more recent research works have been on the application of CFD in turbomachinery, aerodynamic design optimization, aeroacoustics, hydrodynamics, ship design and advanced multidisciplinary design and optimization (MDO) methods. 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 US Office of Naval Research, NASA, US National Science Foundation, and the Boeing Company among others. A multiyear ONR sponsored research led to the development of a unique high-speed ship (Technology Demonstrator) for US navy, built and operated by Navatek Ltd. The composite research lab directed by Dr. Hefazi, in collaboration with the Boeing company, developed the first comprehensive data for carbon composites under variable environmental conditions as part of NASA’s High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program. 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. His work on wind turbine design has led to a US patent for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines. He has written five book chapters and is currently co-editing the Springer Handbook of Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors and an Associate Fellow of AIAA

Research Centers:

  • Director, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Research Laboratory, 2000 – 2013
  • Director, Center for Advance Technology Support for Aerospace Industry (Boeing Technology Center), 2000 – 2013
  • Director, Composite Research Laboratory, 2000 – 2013
  • Director, Certificate Program in Aerospace Manufacturing, 1999 – 2007
  • Co-Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services (CEERS), 2004- 2013


Program Development& Assessment:

  • Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) degree, 1991.
  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE), 1995.
  • Certificate Program in Aerospace Manufacturing, in collaboration with the Boeing, 1999.
  • On-line training programs for Safety Certification courses, 2014 at Florida Tech.
  • ABET accreditation of a new BSAE program, 2000
  • ABET accreditation of BSME, BSAE and BSET programs, 2006.
  • ABET accreditation of BSME, BSAE and BSET programs.  2012
  • ABET accreditation of BSME and BSAE programs. Nov 2014 (@Florida Tech)
  • MSME review at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), external member, 2011
  • MSME review at San Diego State University, external member, 2013



Publications & Presentations from the Past 5 Years:

  • 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 2014.
  • Petersen, H. Rodiouchkina, M., Micklow, G. and Hefazi, H. “Development of synthesis level design model in automobile application suitable for MDO using CO approach”, SAE 2015 World Congress, Detroit Michigan April 2015. 
  • Du, L, Hefazi, H. and Sahoo, P. “A fast resistance estimation method for Wigley multi-hull vessels”, Proceedings of PRADS2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, September, 2016.
  •  Hong, Z., Hefazi, H., Zong, Z, “Self-blending method for hull form modification and optimization”, Ocean Engineering 146:59-69, December 2017, DOI 2017.09.048
  • Du, L, Oliviera Pinto, G, Hefazi, H. and Sahoo, P “Trimaran Structural Optimization Based on Classification Rules”, SNAME Journal of Ship Production and Design, January 2018, DOI 10.5957/JSPD.170033
  • Wilde, M, Hefazi, H., Giacco, L., Cushing, N. White, B, Tikayat, R., Mattice, F. and Winkelmann, K. “ARISE: Sounding Rocket Instrument for the Verification of a Novel Wire Repair Method in Microgravity”, 2018 AIAA Space & Astronautics Forum, 17-19 September 2018. 
  • Du, L., Hefazi, H. and Sahoo, P.  “Rapid Resistance Estimation Method of Non-Wigley Trimarans”, Journal of Ships and Offshore Structures, February 2019. 
  • Du, L, Hefazi, H. and Sahoo, P. “Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization of Lifecycle Benefits of a Trimaran Using Monte, Carlo Method”, Naval Engineering Journal, 2019, under review


  • Others:
  • Hefazi, H., “Vertical Axis Wind Turbine with Optimized Blade Profile,” U.S. Patent #7393177. Licensed for production by Via Verde Inc., New York.
  • Hefazi, H., “Lift-Enhanced Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Blade Profile,” Provisional Patent Pending;
  • Grote, K. and Hefazi, H. Co-editors, International Handbook of Mechanical Engineering, Publisher Springer-Verlag (2019 in progress)
  • 2016 NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Program (USIP).  A microgravity experiment, flew on a sounding rocket by NASA Wallops Island, March 27, 2018