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Research interests

Renewable and sustainable engineering systems, heat transfer, natural ventilation, thermal comfort, passive cooling and building aerodynamics.


Dr Hassam Chaudhry joined Heriot-Watt University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Building Services Engineering, and is currently in role of Director of Studies (Dubai) for the Architectural Engineering discipline. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is active in undergraduate teaching and research, particularly in the areas of energy in buildings and the use of computational fluid dynamics and thermal modelling. He was awarded a PhD in 2013 from the University of Leeds following the completion of his research on developing a passive cooling mechanism to progress natural ventilation in buildings. Dr Chaudhry is a holder of a UK/International patent (PCT/GB2014/052263) titled 'Passive cooling system for wind tower', published by WIPO for the developed commercial technology in 2015.

Dr Chaudhry specialises in advancing wind-driven energy and heat transfer techniques for ventilation within the built environment. His research experience includes working on dynamic and smart architecture along with designing and commissioning low-speed closed-loop wind tunnel facilities for teaching and research. He has worked as a Principal Investigator representing Heriot-Watt in the collaborative project entitled 'Mapping the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect in Dubai and its impact on building energy performance', funded as part of the Global Challenges Research Workshop Call 2016 (RCUK). Dr Chaudhry was presented with the ‘Excellence in Engineering’ award in 2009 and 2010 sponsored by the Wood Group Production Facilities, Aberdeen, AB12 3AX, UK.

His research output to-date includes more than thirty peer-reviewed journal and conference publications including a book chapter. Dr Chaudhry serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Innovative Infrastructure Solutions (IIS) and is active on the review panel for a number of leading international journals including Applied Energy, Energy and Buildings and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

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Research Output 2011 2018

Energy Modelling and Indoor Air Quality Analysis of Cooling Systems for Buildings in Hot Climates

Shaikh, Z. & Chaudhry, H. N., 22 Oct 2018, In : Fluids. 3, 4, 77.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cooling systems
Air quality
Energy utilization

Temperature analysis and the effect of urban development on the outdoor thermal comfort and intensification of the Urban Heat Island phenomenon in the United Arab Emirates

Topriska, E. V., Chaudhry, H. N. & Nazarinia, M., Apr 2018, Proceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort. Brotas, L., Roaf, S., Nicol, F. & Humphreys, M. (eds.). 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Thermal comfort
Atmospheric humidity
Hot Temperature
Infrared imaging

Towards Sustainable Cities in Asia and the Middle East: Proceedings of the 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2017 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures

Calautit, J. (ed.), Rodrigues, F., Chaudhry, H. N. & Altan, H., 2018, Springer. 232 p. (Sustainable Civil Infrastructures)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

transportation infrastructure
environmental degradation
sustainable development

Optimisation and analysis of a heat pipe assisted low-energy passive cooling system

Chaudhry, H. N., Calautit, J. K. & Hughes, B. R., 2 Feb 2017, In : Energy and Buildings.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Heat pipes
Cooling systems

State-of-the-art in development of diffuser augmented wind turbines (DAWT) for sustainable buildings

Agha, A. & Chaudhry, H. N., 9 Aug 2017, In : MATEC Web of Conferences. 120, 08008.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wind turbines
Architectural design
Flow separation


Excellence in Engineering

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Other distinction

Feedback Award at the Learning & Teaching Oscars 2017

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Recipient), 9 Apr 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2015 2018

Renewable Energy (Journal)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Editorial board member)
Sep 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

The Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Chair)
20 Apr 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of council

Energy and Buildings (Journal)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Editorial board member)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

University of Sharjah

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Visiting Researcher)
12 Feb 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Fluids (Journal)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Editorial board member)
20 Apr 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Press / Media

A towering responsibility for academia

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Teaching