Sami Maalouf's research interests are centered on sustainable development (heat disposal, alternative energy systems, hydroelectric power and energy conservation) and environmental fluid mechanics (water quality models, turbulence, transport phenomena, stratified flow, surface and groundwater flow and contamination).
Current research focuses on modeling the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater and around coastal zones. Ongoing work deals with:
1. Dead-end pores in groundwater and
2. Brine effluent from SWRO desalination plants and its effects on the coastal environment.
Besides coastal and environmental matters, I have an interest in researching engineering education, finding ways to enhance and optimize the teaching/learning experience and building a bridge between fundamental engineering disciplines and practical applications in the civil engineering field. Ongoing work involves reversing the hierarchy in engineering education.
Ph.D. 2014, University of California Los Angeles
M.S. Civil Engineering 1992, CSULA
B.S. Civil Engineering 1990, CSULA