Dr. Daniel Riahi, a professor of mathematics in the UTRGV School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Society of Engineering Science (SES), with induction slated during the organization’s annual Technical Meeting Oct. 10-12, 2018, at the University of Madrid in Spain.


Riahi, who was born in Iran, has been with UTRGV since 2015 and had been with legacy institution UT Pan American since 2005.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award,” he said, “and I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who has congratulated me.”

Riahi was a professor from 1980 to 2005 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics, Convective Heat Transfer, Instability and Transition (a graduate course he developed), Engineering Mechanics and others. He received the honorific title of Professor Emeritus in 2005. He had three research projects funded by NASA between 1989 and 1993, and in 1986 was invited to be a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is the author or co-author of more than 380 research papers published in rigorously refereed journals.

His areas of expertise are applied mathematics, math modeling and computation, fluid mech, and biomedical application.

Riahi attributes his success in part to the support he has received from UTRGV and other universities where he has served.

“I’m very thankful to this university community, especially to my colleagues and students,” he said. “There was a great deal of joint research and collaboration that went into my work.”

Riahi advises young engineers to focus on their goals and never give up.

“I’ve always strived to achieve this sort of recognition,” he said. “I tell the younger engineers to do the same by working hard and remaining persistent until you reach your goal.”