Faculty

Mostafa Momen, Ph.D
Dr. Mostafa Momen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office Location: N134 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-1346 | Fax: 713-743-4260
Email: mmomen [at] central [dot] uh [dot] edu

Education: 

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2016
Ph.D. Exchange Scholar, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2014-2015
M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2014
B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2012

Professional Experience: 

2019-Present Assistant Professor, University of Houston
2018-2019, Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
2017-2018, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford University
2016-2017, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Awards & Honors: 

Distinguished paper, spotlighted on the American Geophysical Union’s EOS and JGR websites, 2018
Semifinalist for the Emerging Alumni Scholar’s Best Thesis Award at Princeton University, 2016
Gordon Y.S. Wu Fellowship in Engineering, Princeton University, 2012-2016
Qualified as an Exceptional Talent of the CEE department of Sharif University and Honorary Merit-based Admission to the Graduate Program, 2012
Ranked 2nd in the 8th National Khwarizmi Innovation Award Among Over 20000 Inventions, 2006

Professional Memberships: 

American Geophysical Union, 2013
American Physical Society, 2014
American Meteorological Society

Research Interests: 

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence

Computational Fluid Dynamics and Fluid-Structure Interaction

Sustainability and Resiliency under Extreme Weather Events

Land-atmosphere Interactions

Big Data Science and Machine Learning

Renewable Energy

Patents: 

US patent: “Dynamic Models for Short-Term Wind Energy Forecasting” Bou-Zeid, Elie, and Mostafa Momen. 2016. SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING WIND FORECASTING. WO/2016/160697, published October 2016.

Presentations: 

Momen, M., M. Giometto and M. B. Parlange “Large-eddy simulations and turbulence statistics of the hurricane boundary layer” AGU Fall Meeting 2018, Washington DC, 2018.
Momen, M., E. Bou-Zeid, M. Giometto and M. B. Parlange “Exploring the Impact of Baroclinicity and Stability on the Atmospheric Boundary Layer”. 23rd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, American Metrological Society, Oklahoma City, 2018.
Momen, M, University of California, Berkley, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Berkley Fluid Seminar, “Reduced Models of Environmental Flows”, September 2017.
Momen, M., K. Novick, J. Wood, W. Pockman, and A. Konings “Interacting Effects of Leaf Water Potential and Canopy Biomass on Vegetation Optical Depth”. AGU Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA.
Momen, M. and E. Bou Zeid “Turbulence dynamics in unsteady atmospheric flows”. 69th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, OR, 2016.
Momen, M. and E. Bou Zeid “Large Eddy Simulations and mean and turbulence dynamics in unsteady Ekman boundary layers”. 68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Boston, MA, 2015.
Momen, M, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Multidisciplinary Simulation, Estimation, and Assimilation Systems (MSEAS) Seminar, “Large-eddy simulations and mean and turbulence dynamics in unsteady Ekman flows”, 2015.

Selected Publications: 

Momen, M., E. Bou-Zeid, M. Parlange and M. Giometto, 2018: “Modulation of Mean Wind and Turbulence in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer by Baroclinicity”, J. Atmos. Sci. 75(11),DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-18-0159.1

Momen, M., Z. Zheng, E. Bou-Zeid, and H. A. Stone, 2017: “Inertial Gravity Currents Produced by Fluid Drainage from an Edge”, J. Fluid Mech. 827, 640-663 DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2017.480

Momen, M., K. Novick, J. Wood, R. Pangle, W. Pockman, N. G. McDowell, and A. Konings, 2017: “Interacting Effects of Leaf Water Potential and Canopy Biomass on Vegetation Optical Depth”, J. Geophy. Res. 122 (11), 3031-3046 DOI: 10.1002/2017JG004145

Momen, M. and E. Bou-Zeid, 2017: “Analytical Reduced Models for the Non-stationary Diabatic Atmospheric Boundary Layer”, Bound. Layer Meteorol. 164, 383-399 DOI: 10.1007/s10546-017-0247-0

Momen, M. and E. Bou-Zeid, 2017: “Mean and Turbulence Dynamics in Unsteady Ekman Flows”, J. Fluid Mech. 816, 209-242. DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2017.76

Momen, M. and E. Bou-Zeid, 2016: “Large Eddy Simulations and Damped-Oscillator Models of the Unsteady Ekman Boundary Layer”. J. Atmos. Sci., 73 (1), 25-40 DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-15-0038.1.