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.
Erfan Kosari (Lab Manager)
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.
Ahmed T. Al-Sammarraie
Ahmed T. Al-Sammarraie received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering/Thermofluids from Tikrit University, Iraq in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Then, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tikrit University as a faculty member. In 2014, he joined the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside. In his doctoral research work with Prof. Vafai, he introduced new configuration improvements to enhance the thermal and hydraulic performance of some engineering applications used widely in industry. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement, thermal design and management, electronics cooling, and heat transfer in porous media.
Ahmed Albojamal received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering/Thermal Power from the University of Mosul, Iraq. Ahmed graduated with a strong standing and within the top-ranking students in his cohort and therefore granted a scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. study at UCR and joined Dr. Vafai’s team in 2015. His research focuses on heat transfer and fluid flow modeling in thermal applications including forced and natural convection, nanofluids and porous media with a solid background in EMS and HVAC-R industrial and commercial level.
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 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.
Yongxing Hong received his B.S. in Machinery Manufacturing and Automation and M.S. in Mechanics and Engineering from Hohai University. Now, he is a Ph.D. student majoring in Mechanics and Engineering at Hohai University and pursues study at the University of California, Riverside as a visiting Ph.D. student supervised by Prof. Vafai and supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). His research work is the heat transfer in mass concrete with a water pipe cooling system, including modeling, numerical simulation, and application of meshless methods.
Wisoot Sanhan received his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Chiang Mai University. He is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He joined Prof. Vafai’s group as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside from Nov 1st, 2019 to May 30th, 2020. His research is mainly on studying thermal characteristics of miniature heat pipes and simulations of miniature heat pipes with the Finite Element Method.
Former Group Members
Arman Haghighi (Ph.D. Student)
Arman Haghighi graduated from the University of Tehran with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He received his M.S. and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2018. His area of expertise includes heat transfer and fluid flow, natural and forced convection, transport through porous media, nanofluids and heat pipes. He is currently active in the industry and lecturing at Cal Poly Pomona.
Ailian Chang (Visiting Student)
Ailian Chang is a Ph.D. student at Hohai University, China, major in Fluid Mechanics. She was a visiting student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside from Nov 15th, 2018 to Dec 14th, 2019 and joined Dr. Vafai's lab. Her research includes fractional derivative modeling of oil/gas transport in heterogeneous media, heat and mass transfer of fluid and numerical simulation methods, Non-Newtonian fluid flow and heat transfer.
Chao Wang (Visiting Student)
Chao Wang received his Ph.D. in Machinery Manufacturing and Automation from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is now a teacher at South-central University for nationalities. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside from Dec 17th, 2018 to Dec 17th, 2019. In his research work with Prof. Vafai, he presents a comprehensive study of the geometric and thermal properties of the multilayer 3D chip. His research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Numerical methods, Polymer rheology, finite element analysis of mechanical structural, numerical heat transfer analysis, electronic system cooling and thermal management.