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
"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,"
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
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.