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Elie Bou-Zeid
Elie Bou-Zeid

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
M.E., Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, American University of Beirut, 2000
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut, 1997

Room: E414 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5429

Webpage: Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • E. Lawrence Keyes Jr./Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award, 2011, Princeton University
  • Prize of the "Fondation Latsis Internationale" for best research work at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2009
  • Abel Wolman Graduate Scholarship, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)


  • CEE305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Fall term - yearly)
  • CEE588 Boundary Layer Meteorology (Spring term - alternate years)
  • CEE599B Special Topics in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources: Cities in the 21st Century: The nexus of climate, water and energy challenges (Spring term - alternate years)
  • EGR250, 251, 350, 351, 450, & 451 Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS): Power in a box


Research Interests

Professor Bou-Zeid's current research focuses on combining numerical, experimental, and analytical tools to study the basic dynamics of flow and transport in environmental systems. The aim is to study how Environmental Fluid Mechanics relate to problems in climate change, air quality, hydrology, and sustainable development.

Boundary layer Meteorology, the study of dynamics and modeling of flow and transport in the thin (~1 km) layer of air near the earth surface, is a particular focus of our group. Most human activities and engineered systems are concentrated in this Atmospheric Boundary Layer; in addition, its dynamics are very important for surface-atmosphere couplings and for global atmospheric dynamics.

For more details on research interests and publications visit the Environmental Fluid Mechanics research group web page:

Research Areas
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Turbulence
  • Urban Microclimatology and Hydrology
  • Boundary-Layer Meteorology
  • Buoyancy effects in Turbulent Flows
  • Surface-Atmosphere Interactions
  • Wind Energy Modeling and Forecasting

Updated: July 1, 2018