ME Department Welcomes New Faculty

11/18/2013

The Mechanical Engineering Department is very pleased to welcome four new faculty members to our department. These faculty members add to our expertise in areas such as control systems for flight dynamics and medical robotics; heat transfer and fluid mechanics with applications in energy and sustainability; nanoengineered materials and devices for energy applications; and multiscale biomechanical modeling and characterization with applications in cardiovascular and soft tissue disease development.

Nicholaus Parziale, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicholaus Parziale received a B.S. degree (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY in Binghamton, NY, in 2008 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. The focus of his research at Caltech was the characterization of hypervelocity boundary layer instabilities and the prediction of the laminar-turbulent transition for high-speed boundary layers, which is critical to hypersonic vehicle design. His extended research interests include equilibrium and non-equilibrium chemical-thermodynamics, heat-transfer and fluid mechanics with special focus on the field of energy and sustainability.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Parziale gained teaching experience as Teaching Assistant for various courses and laboratories at Caltech, including undergraduate Fluid Mechanics, graduate Hypersonic Aerodynamics and undergraduate/graduate Experimental Methods, and he served as mentor in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program. He received the Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship from the Aeronautical Historical Society (2012), the Donald Wills Douglas Prize Fellowship (2008-2009) and the Mechanical Engineering Department Service Award at SUNY Binghamton (2008).

Parisa Pour Shahid Saeed Abadi, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Parisa Abadi received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, in 2006, a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY in Buffalo, NY, in 2009 and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, in 2013. Her research interests are in design, synthesis and mechanics of advanced materials with a special focus on the mechanical behavior of carbon nanotube forests, nanomaterial synthesis and the evaluation of quasi-static and viscoelastic properties of polymers.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Abadi acquired teaching experience while working as Teaching Assistant for a Thermodynamics course at Georgia Tech and for a Materials Laboratory course at SUNY. She received various awards and recognitions, including the Best Poster Nomination at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (2013), the Nomination as Presentation Award Competition Finalist at the Society of Engineering Science 49 th  ATM (2012), Outstanding Poster Awards at the Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (2011, 2012), the National Science Foundation Summer Institute Fellowship (2010), the Best Student Paper Award at the IMAPS Workshop on Thermal Management (2008) as well as Travel Awards by the National Science Foundation for the IMECE Nano-forum (2012) and for the CAM Physics Conference (2011) and a Travel Award for the Anne Robinson Clough Conference by Georgia Institute of Technology (2010).

Mishah Uzziél Salman, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant Professor

Dr. Mishah Uzziél Salman earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University (now Polytechnic Institute of New York University) in Brooklyn, NY, in 2005 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. His primary research interests are in the area of control systems with failure accommodation. Applications include the flight dynamics of aircraft with failed actuators and the resolution of dynamic complications arising in the guidance, navigation and control of gun-launched spinning projectiles. He plans to continue this work and additionally branch into the fields of high-level control for medical robotics and haptic feedback for surgeons.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Salman held a position as Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University. There, he taught a variety of undergraduate control systems and design courses, co-coordinated the undergraduate capstone senior design program and served as the faculty advisor for student design projects. He received the Drexel University Teaching Assistant Award (2009), the Drexel University Dean’s Fellowship (2007-2009), Drexel University’s Most Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project Award (2005), Polytechnic University’s Lifetime Service Award (2005), Polytechnic University’s Nick Russo Service Award (2005) and Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees Scholarships (2001-2005).

Danial Shahmirzadi, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Danial Shahmirzadi received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran, a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bioengineering) from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. His research interests include the noninvasive multiscale characterization of vascular biomechanics, the diagnosis of vascular diseases using viscoelastic mechanical testing, histological examinations and Pulse Wave Imaging, the local characterization of soft-tissue biomechanics for the diagnosis and treatment of deep-seated local tumors using Harmonic Motion Imaging as well as cell-, tissue- and organ-scale simulations of heart-valve biomechanics in health and diseases.

Prior to joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Shahmirzadi held positions as Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University in New York, NY, and as Visiting Researcher in the Molecular Cell Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California in Berkeley, CA. His research was featured on the cover page of the ASME Transactions on Biomechanical Engineering (2009), and he as received multiple awards and recognitions, including the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Maryland (2009), the George R. Irwin Centennial Travel Award by the George R. Irwin Research Committee on Experimental and Fracture Mechanics (2009), the Lilly-East Conference Travel Grant from the University of Maryland (2008), the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Certificate from the University of Maryland (2008), Annual Graduate Student Certificates of Excellence from the University of Maryland (2008, 2009, 2010) and the Future Faculty Fellowship from University of Maryland (2010).