Elie Bou-Zeid

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
Office Phone
E413 Engineering Quad

PhD         Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2005

MS           Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2004

ME           Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 2000

BE            Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1997

Concurrent University Appointments
  • Chair of the Princeton Metropolis Project
  • Associated Faculty, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Associated Faculty, High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Program in Urban Studies 
  • Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Honors, Awards, DISTINCTIONS
  • Beyond Bauhaus - Prototyping the Future Award for our CityReader Project
  • Princeton Engineering Commendation for Outstanding Teaching, 2016
  • E. Lawrence Keyes Jr. / Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award, the award “recognizes and assists promising junior faculty members” at Princeton University
  • Prize of the “Fondation Latsis Internationale” for best research work across all fields at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2009

Professor Elie Bou-Zeid research focuses on the integration of theory, numerical simulations, and experimental observations to study flow and transport in the lowest layer of the atmosphere (~ 1 km, the Atmospheric Boundary Layer), where humans live and have a direct impact on the planet. His work extends from the fundamentals of the turbulent flow and heat transfer in that layer, to various applications including the built environment and its environmental quality, energy efficiency in buildings, urban sensor networks and their design, wind farm design and wind energy forecasting, and surface-atmosphere exchanges over fractured polar sea ice.


CEE 305 / GEO 375 / ENE 305 Environmental Fluid Mechanics
CEE 588 Boundary-Layer Meteorology


Selected Publications