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Pedram Hassanzadeh

Associate Professor
Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College

Pedram Hassanzadeh’s research focuses on improving fundamental understanding of the physics of such extreme weather events as heat waves, tropical cyclones, and droughts, and of how they may evolve as the climate system warms. His research combines observational data, theory, and computer models to develop new tools that improve the predictive capabilities of multiscale nonlinear dynamical systems, including climate and turbulence.

He has received honors that include a National Science Foundation CAREER award and a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. His work has been published in Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, PNAS Nexus, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and Journal of Computational Physics.

Hassanzadeh earned an MA in mathematics and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Ziff environmental fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Before joining the University of Chicago, he was an associate professor of mechanical engineering and earth, environmental, and planetary sciences at Rice University. He will join the University of Chicago faculty on January 1, 2024.

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