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Dr. Hafiz M. Atassi
Professional Experience

  • University of Notre Dame: Viola D. Hank Chair Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
  • University of Notre Dame, 1987-97: Director, Center for Applied Mathematics.
  • Purdue University, 1987-95: Adjunct Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and University of Lyon, Lyon, France: Visiting Professor, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998.
  • NASA Lewis Research Center, 1983-84 : Addison P. Rothrock Distinguished Scientist.


  • University of Paris: Doctoral Degree in Engineering (Sorbonne), 1966.
  • Ecole Centrale de Paris: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, 1963.
  • University of Paris: Licence ès Sciences, June 1963.

Honors and Awards

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Lewis F. Moody Award (2001).
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aeroacoustics Award (2000).
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1997).
  • International Aircraft Fund Award, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (1996).
  • Chevalier de l' Ordre des Palmes Acadèmiques, Office of the Prime Minister of France, Decree of July 16, 1993.
  • Chairman, International Symposium on Unsteady Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity in Turbo machines, Notre Dame, Indiana (1991).
  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1989).
  • Gas Turbine Institute Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1987).
  • Addison P. Rothrock Distinguished Scientist, NASA Lewis Research Center (1983-84).

Research Activities
Professor Atassi has been teaching and conducting basic and applied research in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, applied and computational mathematics with application to aircraft engine components. He has made seminal contributions in unsteady high-speed flow phenomena that have led to advanced modeling and control of aircraft engine stability and noise. He is the author of more than 130 technical papers and presenter of more than 70 invited lectures in North America, Europe, and Japan. Professor Atassi is the founding director of Notre Dame Center for Applied Mathematics. He directs a group of post-doctoral researchers and graduate students at Notre Dame Hessert Center for Aerospace Research. His research is currently funded by NASA, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and Pratt and Whitney. He also closely collaborates with scientists and engineers at NASA Glenn and Langley Research Centers, the U.S. Navy David Taylor Research and Development Center, the Air Force Academy, Purdue University, Pratt and Whitney, the Ecole Centrale at the University of Lyon (France), and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France), where he is frequently a visiting University Professor.

Current Consulting and Advisory Activities

  • United States Navy David Taylor Research and Development Center, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Cambridge Acoustical Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Pratt & Whitney, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • NASA and Industry Aeroacoustics Research Consortium, NASA Glenn, Cleveland, Ohio.


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