Thrust SSC in 1997
Professor Oubay Hassan

Professor Oubay Hassan

Personal Professor, Civil Engineering

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+44 (0) 1792 295251

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Academic Office - A_136
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor Hassan MBE FREng PhD DSc FICE CEng FLSW research interest is in computational methods for the solution of problems in engineering analysis and design. 

Professor Oubay Hassan and Professor Ken Morgan, in close partnership with BAE Systems, and Airbus have led the development of the FLITE system that enable the modelling of problems in computational fluid mechanics an computational electromagnetic.

An excellent example, which received significant worldwide publicity, was the use of the developed FLITE system to support the aerodynamic design of THRUST SSC, the car which took the World Land Speed Record beyond the speed of sound in 1997.

Building on his previous success, he has led the team that has developed the CFD technologies that deemed required to ensure a successful aerodynamic design of the new BLOODHOUND Land Speed Record project. The main aim of this project is to use the BLOODHOUND SSC as the platform for provision of high-quality public engagement activities that motivate the next generation to deal with global 21st century challenges.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Unstructured Mesh Generation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Parallel Processing

Career Highlights

Award Highlights
1998 MBE in 1998 for the contribution to the THRUST SSC Supersonic car
1999 The Catherine Richards prize for the best paper of 1999 in Mathematics Today entitled ‘Why didn’t the supersonic car fly’
2012 Fellow, Royal Academy of Engineering