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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 over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications including a book chapter. Dr Chaudhry serves as an Associate Editor for International Journal of Ventilation, Taylor & Francis 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 2020

Wind turbines
Open Access
Heat pipes
Numerical Investigation

Parametric Study on Determining Optimum Shading Techniques for Urban High-Rise Dwellings

Omar Elshiwihy, S. & Nasarullah Chaudhry, H., 30 Jul 2019, In : Urban Science. 3, 3, 85.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Energy utilization

Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine (DAWT) technologies: A review

Agha, A., Chaudhry, H. N. & Wang, F., Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Renewable Energy Research. 8, 3, p. 1369-1385 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wind turbines
Computational fluid dynamics

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


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

John Kaiser Calautit

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Host)
19 Apr 2017

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

The Higher Education Academy (External organisation)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Chair)
20 Apr 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of council

Science Collaboration Symposium: Clean and Renewable Energy

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Invited speaker)
31 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Applied Energy (Journal)

Hassam Nasarullah Chaudhry (Editorial board member)
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