Curriculum vitae

Current Position
Dec. 2017 – Present

Research Associate at National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Education
Postdoctoral Research Associate at National Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, University of Texas at Austin
PI: Ben R. Hodges / Dec. 2017 –

PhD in Mechanical Engineering,  Iowa State University, Ames, IA
PI: Rodney O. Fox & Alberto Passalacqua / Jan. 2013 – Nov. 2017

M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz
PI: Mohammad-Taghi Shervani-Tabar / Sep. 2008 – Sep. 2011

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Tabriz
Sep. 2004 – Sep. 2008

Publications and Conferences

Please check the Publications page for an updated list.

Professional Experience
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dec. 2017 – current

  • Building a new opensource parallel time-marching solver for unsteady flow solutions in the U.S. EPA Stormwater Management Model (SWMM).
  • Use of artificial compressibility for surcharged pipe flow.
  • Parallelization through coarray Fortran (i.e., Fortran 2008 or later) that provides run-time parallelization on any number of processors.
  • Extending the capabilities of the new EPA Water Distribution Piping Model (EPANET) user interface by creating an optimal design plugin using Qt.
  • Adopt and cascade an existing WNTR plugin environment for modeling of water distribution networks into the new EPANET user interface.
  • Performed code development (Python and Fortran), data analysis and visualization on large data sets.
  • Authored 3 software packages and presented 8 different talks at professional conferences in the areas of water and environmental modeling.

Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Graduate Research Assistant, Jan. 2013 – Nov. 2017

  • Performed code development (C++), data analysis and visualization on large data sets.
  • Authored 7 Peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 software packages, and presented 5 different talks at professional conferences in the areas of multiphase flows in mechanical/chemical engineering.
  • Implemented a log-normal kernel density function into the quadrature-based moment method. It is being used in problems related to particle size distribution, mainly in pharmaceutical applications, where the aggregation and breakage and particle size change may occur during the process.
  • Developed a new computation fluid dynamic model based on conditional quadrature method of moments for turbulent mixing and reacting flows. It is a model to describe the behavior of the system under different reaction types.
  • Developed a new computation fluid dynamic model based on conditional quadrature method of moments for flash nanoprecipitation to produce active nano-particles. It was applied to problems where the mixing and aggregation of polymers and organics happen simultaneously.
  • Applied the moment method to Fokker-Planck mixing model to study turbulent scalar mixing and mixing in premixed flames.

Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Aug. 2013 – Nov. 2017

  • Teaching Assistant for Engineering Thermodynamics and Fluid Flow courses of 90 students, for 4 semester, aiding students with tutoring them, staffing a help room, assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material, proctoring exams, grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.
  • Serving as Fluid Flow laboratory instructor of 45 students, for 3 semesters, aiding students with presenting new material or experiments not covered in the lecture section, grading lab reports, assisting them with setting up experiments, tutoring students, staffing a help room and assisting students in a lab.

Center for CFD and Cavitational Flows Studies, Tabriz
Graduate Research Assistant, Aug. 2008 – Aug. 2011

  • My research consisted in numerical studies on the hydrodynamics of a bubble-Based micro injector, and dynamics of a vapour bubble generated due to a local energy input inside water near a rigid, thin metal plate, compliant and free surfaces and its control. I have also performed data analysis and visualization on large data sets and have published multiple peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers.

Freelancer, Tabriz
HVAC Engineer and Consultant, Aug. 2006 – Aug. 2012

  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Kamaz car factory (Firm: Tarh Mehrazan)
  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Honey & Jam Mousavi factory (Firm: Sanat & Tasisat)
  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Motalag Mineral Water (Firm: Emarate Khorshid)
  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Alzahra Hospital 1 (Firm: Welfare Nobar)
  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Alzahra Hospital 2 (Firm: Welfare Nobar)
  • Cooperation in design HVAC system for Sant Estepanoos Church (Firm: Culture Inheritance)
  • Cooperation in renovation of Tabriz Bazaar (Firm: Culture Inheritance)
  • Cooperation with Culture Inheritance in renovation of some projects such as: Haj Safar Ali mosque, Seyyed Hamzeh mosque, Kordasht bathroom, …

Professional Skills

  • Coding: C++ – Fortran – Python – MATLAB – Bash(Linux) – MPI – Coarray Fortran – Git – Qt (GUI)
  • Technical: OpenFOAM – Ansys Fluent – Pointwise – EPANET – SWMM – Hourly Analysis Program (HAP)
  • Visualization: Paraview – Tecplot – Tableau – D3.js – Adobe Premiere – Photoshop – A-Frame
  • Writing: 7 Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Speaking: 7 conference presentations – 2 grant summits – 1 invited seminar
  • Teaching: ž 3 semester laboratory instructor – 4 semester teaching assistant

Teaching Experience
ME335L: Fluid Flow 3 semesters

  • Aiding students with presenting new material or experiments not covered in the lecture section
  • Grading lab reports
  • Assisting them with setting up experiments
  • Tutoring students, staffing a help room and assisting students in a lab

ME335: Fluid Flow 3 semesters

  • Average enrollment: 90. Average evaluation score: 4.5 on 5.0 scale (range 4.1 – 4.7)
  • Aiding students with tutoring them
  • Staffing a help room
  • Assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.

ME231: Engineering Thermodynamics 3 semesters

  • Average enrollment: 90. Average evaluation score: 4.5 on 5.0 scale (range 4.1 – 4.7)
  • Aiding students with tutoring them
  • Staffing a help room
  • Assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.

Heat Transfer 1 semesters

  • Assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.

Machine Design 1 semesters

  • Assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.

Compressible Fluid Flow 1 semesters

  • Assisting students with their homework and any questions related to material
  • Proctoring exams
  • Grading quizzes, grading homework, and grading Exams.

Honors and Awards
Teaching Excellence Award: Iowa State University, 2016, US
Graduate and Professional Student Senate Professional Advancement Grants: Iowa State University, 2015, US
Lloyd’s Register Foundation Scholarship: International Institute of Cavitation Research, City University London, 2012, UK
Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre Fee Scholarship: Cranfield University, 2012, UK

Memberships

  • Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)
  • Member of Iranian Organization for Engineering of Buildings, Registration Number 8989

Reviewer for the following scientific Journals and societies

  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books Division
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design (Official journal of the European  Federation of Chemical Engineering: Part A)
  • Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society (Hindawi)
  • The Open Mechanical Engineering Journal