Pedram Hassanzadeh

Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering

Room Number: MEB 222
(713) 348-5259
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Postdoc (2013-16) - Harvard University, Earth and Planetary Sciences
PhD 2013 - UC Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering
MA 2012 - UC Berkeley, Mathematics
MSc 2007 - University of Waterloo (Canada), Mechanical Engineering
BSc 2005 - University of Tehran (Iran), Mechanical Engineering

Awards & Honors

Ziff Environmental Fellowship, Harvard University Center for the Environment (2013–2015)

2014 GRL paper selected for AGU Research Spotlight/Editor’s Highlights

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellowship, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2012)

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (2009–2011)

Outstanding Preliminary Examination Award, ME Department, UC Berkeley (2009)


atmosphere, climate, weather extreme, planetary, geophysics, fluid dynamics, environment


My broad research interests are fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, climate dynamics, extreme weather events, geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, and planetary science. I am particularly interested in developing simplified mathematical and numerical models, which I use along with high-resolution simulations, observations, and laboratory data, to understand complex geophysical, environmental, and astrophysical flows.

Selected Publications

Ma D., Hassanzadeh P. and Kuang Z., Quantifying the eddy-jet feedback strength of the annular mode in an idealized GCM and reanalysis data, J. Atmospheric Sciences, (74) 2017

Hassanzadeh P. and Kuang Z., The linear response function of an idealized atmosphere: Part II: Implications for the practical use of the Fluctuation-Dissipation Theorem and the role of operator's nonnormality, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 79, 2016

Hassanzadeh P. and Kuang Z., The linear response function of an idealized atmosphere. Part I: Construction using Green’s functions and applications, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 79, 2016

Hassanzadeh P. and Kuang Z., Blocking variability: Arctic Amplification versus Arctic Oscillation, Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 2015

Marcus P. S., Pei S., Jiang C. H., Barranco J. A., Hassanzadeh P. and Lecoanet D., Zombie vortex instability. I. A purely hydrodynamic instability to resurrect the dead zones of protoplanetary disks, The Astrophysical Journal, 808, 2015

Hassanzadeh P., Kuang Z. and Farrell B. F., Responses of midlatitude blocks and wave amplitude to changes in the meridional temperature gradient in an idealized dry GCM, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2014

Hassanzadeh P., Chini G. P. and Doering C. R., Wall to wall optimal transport, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 751, 2014

Marcus P. S., Pei S., Jiang C. H. and Hassanzadeh P., Three-dimensional vortices generated by self-replication in stably stratified rotating shear flows, Physical Review Letters, 111, 2013

Hassanzadeh P., Marcus P. S. and Le Gal P., The universal aspect ratio of vortices in rotating stratified flows: theory and simulation, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 706, 2012