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Released January 07, 2005

CENTER FOR HIGHER LEARNING CONGRATULATES
INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIST OF 2004

STENNIS SPACE CENTER - A research scientist at The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Higher Learning has received the 2004 International Scientist of the Year Award from the International Biographical Centre of England in Cambridge.

Dr. Sharhdad Sajjadi, senior research scientist in physical oceanography and director of the High Performance Computing and Algorithms Laboratory, was recognized for his work in physics in fluid turbulence. Sajjadi, a full research professor of applied mathematics, was nominated anonymously by fellow colleagues.

"I couldn't believe it when I won the award," Sajjadi said. "I didn't know I'd even been nominated, so it came as quite a pleasant surprise. This is in recognition of my work in the field over the years."

Sajjadi studies aspects of fluid dynamics, particularly cases where flow is turbulent. His work with oceanographic and surface wave turbulence has led to industrial applications, namely in the area of hurricane research.

Most recently, Sajjadi developed a small-scale turbulence model of Hurricane Isadore designed to help engineers in the New Orleans area better understand what happened in the wake of the disaster.

"The people of St. Tammany Parish are considering developing a model to have a local forecast so that when hurricanes hit in the future around the New Orleans, Slidell, Mandeville area, they can know how much water is expected to be dumped in that area," Sajjadi said.

Elizabeth Valenti of WorldWindsInc., a private small business located at Stennis, said "Dr. Sajjadi is a world-class scientist and we are lucky to have him as part of our research contingent here at the Stennis Space Center. His expertise in water-wave physics has enabled us to provide the public with improved weather forecasts that could save lives. He is very deserving of this award."

Sajjadi was educated at Bedford School in the United Kingdom. After earning a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, he joined the Laser Division of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in July 1982, where he was engaged in plasma physics research. In 1985, he began doctoral study in water waves.

Sajjadi was the director of the Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence of the University of Salford, UK, from January 1991 until December 2000. He was the chairman of the European Research Community on Flow Turbulence and Combustion (ERCOFTAC) Special Interest Group on Wind Over Waves from May 1993 until December 2000.

His current research includes advanced turbulence modeling and computational fluid dynamics, nonlinear air-sea interactions and dynamics, and thermodynamics of tropical cyclones and hurricanes.

Sajjadi has published a number of research papers in these subjects and has published three books. He is currently under contract to publish two additional books that will appear in 2005 and 2007.

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