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Amir Hakami

Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Engineering & Design / Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Degrees:Postdoc (Caltech); Ph.D. (Georgia Tech); M.Sc.; B.Sc. (Polytechnic of Tehran)
Phone:(613) 520-2600 x 8609
Office:2374 Mackenzie Building (ME)
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6

Overview of Research Applications
I use mathematical models at various spatial scales to represent processes that are responsible for transport and transformation of pollutants in the atmosphere. One objective is to provide policy-makers with the best (optimal) strategy to reduce air pollution. Scientific contribution from my research to the decision-making process is, therefore, to quantify the response of the atmosphere to various man-made changes. This is achieved through various methods for sensitivity analysis that are applied in air quality models. Also, it turns out that sensitivity analysis methods are quite useful and potent tools in many other applications of interest such as air quality forecasting, uncertainty analysis, satellite-based inverse modeling, and quantitative analysis of trans-boundary and intercontinental transport of pollution. These areas of research are by nature interdisciplinary, and borrow from various engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical) and science (mathematics, earth science, physics, chemistry) disciplines.

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ENVE 4003: Air Pollution & Emissions Control
  • ENVE 3002: Environmental Engineering Systems Modeling
  • ENVE 3004: Contaminant and Pollutant Transport in the Environment
  • ENVE 4918: Engineering Design Project
  • ENVE 5105: Atmospheric Aerosols (Previously ENVE 5703)
  • ENVE 5106: Atmospheric Chemical Transport Modeling
  • ENVE 5702: Photochemical Transport Modeling
  • ENVE 5800: Master’s Seminar
  • ENVE 7800 Ph.D. Seminar

Representative Publications

Hakami, A., J. H. Seinfeld, T. Chai, Y. Tang, G. R. Carmichael, A. Sandu (2006), Adjoint sensitivity analysis of ozone non-attainment over continental United States, Environ. Sci. Technol., 40, 3855.

Hakami, A., D. K. Henze, J. H. Seinfeld, T. Chai, Y. Tang, G. R. Carmichael, A. Sandu (2005), Adjoint inverse modeling of black carbon during ACE-Asia, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D14301.

Hakami, A., M. S. Bergin, A. G. Russell (2004), Ozone formation potential of organic compounds in the Eastern US: A comparison of episodes, inventories, and domains, Environ. Sci. Technol., 38, 6748.

Hakami, A., M. T. Odman, A. G. Russell (2004), Non-linearity in atmospheric response: A direct sensitivity analysis approach, J. Geophys. Res., 109, D15303.

Hakami, A., M. T. Odman, A. G. Russell (2003), High-order, direct sensitivity analysis of multi-dimensional air quality models, Environ. Sci. Technol., 37, 2442.