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Hussein, Mahmoud Ismail

Associate Professor and Alvah M. and Harriet O. Hovlid Endowed Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Hussein's research interests lie in the areas of structural and solid dynamics, vibrations, acoustics, wave propagation, nonlinear waves, and computational physics, with particular emphasis on periodic materials and structures. His program aims at developing and establishing novel concepts, theories and methods as well as the discovery of new physical phenomenon pertaining to phononic wave propagation in periodic materials and structures across different length scales (a.k.a. phononics). His recent contributions have been in developing fundamental theories and techniques in nanoscale thermal transport, flow control, and nonlinear waves, among other areas. He recently began exploring novel phonon mechanisms for enhancing superconductivity.


  • Theoretical, computational, and experimental dynamics of materials and structures; dispersive, resonant, dissipative, and nonlinear wave propagation; periodic and disordered materials/structures; phononics including phononic crystals and metamaterials; vibrations, acoustics, and elastodynamics; nanoscale thermal transport, thermoelectricity, superconductivity, and nanophononic metamaterials (NPMs); fluid-structure interaction, flow control, and phononic subsurfaces (PSubs); piezoelectric phononi


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courses taught

  • ASEN 1022 - Materials Science for Aerospace Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers prerequisite chemistry topics for materials science and introduces material types, properties and behavior for aerospace engineers. Topics include review of chemistry; atomic bonding; crystals; diffusion; mechanical/thermal properties; phase diagrams; heat treatment; failure mechanisms; materials selection; and a general introduction to modern materials for aerospace engineering applications including composites and materials with engineered properties. Lab project or tensile testing is included.
  • ASEN 3112 - Structures
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Teaches Mechanics of Materials methods of stress and deformation analysis applicable to the design and verification of aircraft and space structures. It offers an introduction to matrix and finite element methods for truss structures, and to mechanical vibrations.
  • ASEN 3713 - Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Focuses on the applications of the first and second laws of thermodynamics and teaches the fundamental concepts of different modes of energy and heat transfer, with applications of these concepts in gas dynamics, high-speed vehicle and spacecraft design, environmental systems, and energy analysis.
  • ASEN 4123 - Vibration Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Highlights free and forced vibration of discrete and continuous systems. Examines Lagrange's equation, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, and matrix and computational methods. Applies knowledge to practical engineering problems. Same as MCEN 4123.
  • ASEN 5519 - Selected Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022
    Reflects upon specialized aspects of aerospace engineering sciences. Course content is indicated in the online Class Search. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: varies.


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