CLEMSON — Abdul A. Khan, an associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson University, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The oldest national engineering society in the United States, founded in 1852, the society grants the status to fewer than 4 percent of its 125,000 members.

Khan 's primary research interest is computational hydraulics. He develops and uses one-, two- and three-dimensional computational models to simulate the flow of fluids and transport of sediments, which is important in many branches of science and engineering. Part of his work involves developing new methods for flows with shocks, such as dam failure.  

Khan also works in more traditional laboratory settings, researching hydraulic flow through physical modeling.

A 1986 graduate of Pakistan's University of Engineering and Technology, Khan holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alberta. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in hydraulics and fluid mechanics.

Kahn is a member of ASCE's computation hydraulics technical committee. Based in in Reston, Va., the society supports scientific and professional programs in civil engineering. Its members are engaged in engineering education, research, public agencies, industry, construction and private engineering practice.

“Fellow status in the ASCE is a prestigious honor, and it is richly deserved by Dr. Khan,” said Nadim Aziz, chairman of Clemson's civil engineering department. “We're proud of his accomplishments and appreciative of his efforts.”

Prior to joining Clemson, Khan led the one- and two-dimensional modeling group at the National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering. The models the center developed are used by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Khan offered training on three continents in the use of these models.