Santa Clara University


Ali Abrishamchi, Ph.D.

Abrishamchi  Title: Lecturer
Office: EC 241
Phone: 408-554-3338
Fax: 408-554-5474
Website: N/A
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis 2011
M.S., University of California, Davis 2004
B.S., Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 2002
Interests: Computational fluid dynamics, Integrated ground and surface water modeling, Hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling


Ali Abrishamchi holds a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and a masters degree and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Davis.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University in September 2013.  Dr. Abrishamchi's research interests include computational fluid dynamics, integrated ground and surface water modeling, and hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling.  His research and engineering experiences include work on various topics in water resources such as developing two- and three-dimensional time-dependent computational fluid dynamics models to predict unsteady hydrodynamic forces, developing and applying two-dimensional hydrodynamic and sediment transport models to assess riverine and estuarine hydraulics and habitat potential, modeling highway stormwater runoff pollution wash-off and build up, and integrated ground and surface water modeling.

Current Research Interests

Computational fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling, and integrated ground and surface water modeling,.

Recent Publications

Younis, B.A., and Abrishamchi, A., In review, expected in 2013. Three-Dimensional
Turbulent Vortex Shedding from a Surface-Mounted Square Cylinder: Predictions with LES
and URANS, Journal of Fluids Engineering.

Abrishamchi, A., and Younis, B.A., 2012. LES and URANS predictions of the
hydrodynamic loads on a tension-leg platform, Journal of Fluids and Structures, Volume 28,

Abrishamchi, A., Massoudieh, A., and Kayhanian, M., 2010. Probabilistic modeling of
detention basins for highway stormwater runoff pollutant removal efficiency, Urban Water
Journal, Volume 7, Issue 6, 357-366.

Massoudieh, A., Abrishamchi, A., and Kayhanian, M., 2008. Mathematical modeling of
first flush and treatment simulation for a detention basin. Science of the Total Environment,
398(1-3), 107-121.

Bombardelli, F. A., and Abrishamchi, A., 2006. Numerical simulation of standing waves
driven by surface jets. Chapter 28, in Coastal Hydrology and Processes, V. P. Singh, and Y.
J. Xu (Eds.), pp. 343-354.


  • Award for the second place student paper, American Institute of Hydrology conference on Integrated Watershed Management, Reno, Nevada, April 24, 2007.
  • Student award, American Institute of Hydrology’s 25th Anniversary Meeting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 21-24, 2006.

Society Memberships and Service


Professional Registration


Courses Taught

  • CENG 41 Statics (Fall 13 & Winter 14)
  • CENG 43 Mechanics of Materials (Winter 14)
  • CENG 140 Water Resources Engineering (Spring 14)
  • CENG 142 Water Resources Design (Spring 14)