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Harindra J. Fernando

Joe Fernando 

Place of work:

Environmental fluid dynamics group
University of Notre Dame

Professional experience:


1979: received his B.S. in mechanical engineering (UNESCO gold medal) while being the recipient of the UNESCO Gold Medal for the best engineering student of the year.

1980: Gilman Fellow in the Johns Hopkins University and received his M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1983) specializing in fluid mechanics.

1983-1984: Pccupied a post-doctoral training in environmental engineering sciences at the California Institute of Technology.

1984-present: affiliated with the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU).

1984-1987: Assistant Professor in the Arizona State University (ASU).

1988-1992: Associate Professor in the Arizona State University (ASU).

1992-present: Professor in the Arizona State University (ASU).

1994-2009: founding Director of the Center for Environmental Fluid Dynamics at ASU.

2010: Wayne and Diane Murdy Endowed Professor of Engineering and Geosciences in the University of Notre Dame.

He is also an emeritus professor at Arizona State University.

Topics of interest:

Geophysical turbulence; multi-phase flows; double diffusive phenomena; internal waves; turbulent jets and plumes; urban environmental and energy issues, especially urban air pollution and natural disasters; issues related to nuclear power, pollution mitigation and remote sensing.

Active research projects:

Currently he has 10 active research projects spanning urban air pollution, double diffusion, convection, turbulence measurements, internal waves and climate change.

Representative publications:

Fernando, H.J.S. and Weil, J., “An Essay: Whither the SBL? - A Shift in the Research Agenda,” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), In Press, 2010.

Shi, C., Fernando, H.J.S, Seto, E., and Muller, J-P., “The Efficacy of Satellite Information in Improving CMAQ/Models-3 Prediction of Ozone Episodes in the U.S.-Mexico Border," Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, In Press.

Fernando, H.J.S., Zajic, D., Di Sabatino, S., Dimitrova, R., Hedquist, B., and Dallman, A., Flow, Turbulence and Pollutant Dispersion in Urban Atmospheres, Physics of Fluids, 22, 051301-19, 2010.

Fernando, H.J.S. “Fluid Dynamics of Urban Atmospheres in Complex Terrain,” Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, 42, 365-389, 2010.

Fernando, H.J.S., “Polimetrics: The Quantitative Study of Urban Systems (And its Applications to Atmospheric and Hydro Environments),” Journal of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, 8(5-6), 397-409, doi:10.1007/s10652-008-9116-1, 2008.

Emmanuel, R. and Fernando, H.J.S., “Effects of Urban Form and Thermal Properties in Urban Heat Island Mitigation in Hot Humid and Hot Arid Climates: the Cases of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Phoenix, USA, Journal of Climate Research, 34, 241-251, 2007.

Lozovatsky, I., Roget, E., Planella, J., Fernando, H.J.S. and Liu, Z., “Intermittency of Near Bottom Turbulence in Tidal Flow on a Shallow Shelf, ” Journal of Geophysical Research (Oceans), In Press. ), 115, C05006, doi:10.1029/2009JC005325, 2010.

Liu, Z., Hao, W., Lozovatsky, I. and Fernando, H.J.S. “Late Summer Stratification and Turbulence in the Yellow Sea,” Journal of Marine Research, 77 459–472, 2009.

Lozovatsky, S., Liu, Z., H. Wei, and Fernando, H.J.S., “Tides and Mixing in the Northwestern East China Sea,” Part 1: Rotating and Reversing Tidal Flows, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 318-337, 2008.

Lozovatsky, S., Liu, Z., H. Wei, and Fernando, H.J.S., “Tides and Mixing in the Northwestern East China Sea,” Part II: Near Bottom Turbulence, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 338-350, 2008.

F.Y. Testik, Voropayev, S.I., Fernando, H.J.S. and Balasubramanian, S., “Mines Burial in the Shoaling Zone: Scaling of Laboratory Results to Oceanic Situations,” IEEE Journal of Ocean Engineering, IEEE Journal, 32(1), 204-213, 2007.