Hamid Arastoopour is Henry R. Linden Professor of Engineering and Director of Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Illinois. Since 1985, he has been a member of the chemical engineering faculty at IIT, where he served as chairman of the department from 1989 to 2003, and Dean of the Armour College of Engineering from 2003 to 2008.
He began his research activities at the Institute of Gas Technology (IGT) in the experimental measurement, mathematical modeling and simulation of pneumatic conveying and fluidized bed systems associated with coal conversion and gasification processes. His main research expertise is in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of multiphase flow and particle technology—an area motivated by energy and environmentally related applications and documented in more than 100 publications and 13 U.S. patents.
He currently serves on the editorial board of Powder Technology Journal. A fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), he has received a number of national awards including the Donald Q. Kern Award in Heat Transfer and Energy Conversion, the Fluor Daniel Lectureship in Fluidization and Fluid/Particle Systems, the Fluidization Processes Recognition Award, and the Ernest W. Thiele Award. He also received IIT’s excellence in teaching award in 1992.