Principal Investigator



Prof. Kambiz Vafai


Kambiz Vafai is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and master's and doctoral degrees in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley.





Graduate Students



Erfan Kosari


Erfan Kosari received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran. In M.S. research, he developed an image processing mechanism to investigate the impacts of thermophysical properties on bubble formation. In addition to this study, he contributed several kinds of research related to multiphase flow applications. In his Ph.D. program, he joined Dr. Vafai's group in 2017 and focused on biomedical applications of porous media theories. His research is mainly on numerical methods and computational algorithms for Magnetothermal Stimulation within brain tissue.





Andisheh Tavakoli


Andisheh Tavakoli received her B.S. and M.S. in Material Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. In Master research, she modified and improved the mechanical properties of Nissan Crankshaft and Peugout Cylinder Block for Iran Khodro Company which is the most reputable automobile company in Iran. In 2016, she pursued her Ph.D. study and joined Dr. Vafai's lab. Her research focuses on thermal management and fluid flow modeling in electronic devices considering porous theories.





Sainan Lu


Sainan Lu received her B.S. in HVAC Engineering from Changsha University of Science and Technology. She received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside in 2015. And she joined Dr. Vafai’s group. In her research work, she focused on a comparative analysis of innovative Microchannel heat sinks for electronics cooling. In Spring 2020, she started to work with Dr. Vafai for her Ph.D. program at the University of California. Her research is mainly on electronics cooling on microchips.





Sanaz Fazeli








Visiting Students







Former Group Members

  • Arman Haghighi
  • Ali Ghahremannezhad
  • Ahmed T. Al-Sammarraie
  • Ahmed Albojamal
  • Ailian Chang
  •  Chao Wang
  • Yongxing Hong
  • Wisoot Sanhan
  • Andisheh Tavakoli