Shima Hajimirza (shajimi1)

Shima Hajimirza

Assistant Professor


  • PhD (2013) The University of Texas at Austin (Mechanical Engineering)
  • MS (2010) California Institute of Technology (Bioengineering)
  • MS (2009) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Mechanical Engineering)


Data-Driven Modeling and Design
Energy Resiliency and Sustainability
Inverse Problems
Machine Learning/AI-based Modeling and Optimization
Modeling Energy Transfer in Complex Media,
Energy Conversion at Nanoscale
Topology Optimization
Radiation Heat Transfer

General Information


Assistant Professor, Sept.2020-PresentStevens Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Jan.2016-August 2020 Texas A&M University
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Sep.2014-Sep.2015 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Department of Engineering Technology

Institutional Service

  • Graduate study committee Member
  • Thermal/Fluid PhD. qualifying exam committee Chair

Professional Service

  • American Society of Thermal Fluid Science Conference session chair
  • U.S. Department of Energy Proposal reviewer and Panelist


1. Chair of K-20 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computational Heat Transfer Committee, June 2021-Present.

2. Co-Chair of K-20 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Computational Heat Transfer Committee, June 2018-June 2021.

3. Member of ASME K-60 Committee in Heat Transfer in Energy Systems, June 2016-Present.

4. Member of ASME K-23 Committee in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), June 2019-Present.

Honors and Awards

TEES James J. Cain Graduate Teaching Award, March 2018
NSF Travel Award, May 2017
Early Career Summer Support Award, Cal Poly Pomona, 2015

Professional Societies

  • ASME – ASME K-23 committee member in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Member
  • ASME – Member of ASME, Renewable Energy and Energy Conversion (REEC) technical Committee Member
  • ASTFE – Member of Active member of Heat Transfer Committee at ASTFE Member
  • ASME – ASME K-6 committee member in Computational Heat Transfer Member
  • ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Member

Grants, Contracts and Funds

“Resiliency of energy resources and supply chain for energetics industrial base”, US Department of Defense (DOD), October 2022-September 2024, Co-PI.

“Enhancing Quantum Efficiency of Thin Film Solar Cells via Joint Characterization of Radiation and Recombination”, National Science Foundation (NSF), September 2019-August 2022, Sole PI.

“EAGER: Predictive Surrogate Modeling and Analysis of Radiative Heat Transfer in Porous Media”, National Science Foundation (NSF), June 2019-December 2022, Sole PI.

“High-Rate Energetic Processing of Wastes, Soils, and Sediments”, Chevron, November 2018-December 2019, Co-PI.

“Evaporation Cooling of Mobile Systems: A Co-Design Investigation for Optimizing”, Qualcomm Inc., November 2018-December 2019, Sole PI.

“Steady-State Thermal Modeling and Value Analysis of Commercial Chiller System with Oil-Free Variable Speed Centrifugal Compressor”, Emerson Inc., June 2018-September 2019, PI.

“Efficient and Optimal Control of Solar Modules via Prediction of Supply and Demand Under Real-World Environmental Uncertainties”, June 2018-December 2019, Texas A&M Energy Institute, PI.

“Harvesting Light with Nanostructured Antennas for Solar Fuel Generation”, April 2018-March 2020 TAMU T3 grant, PI.

“Optimization and Prediction Modeling of Solar Module Under Real-World Environmental Uncertainties”, April 2018-March 2020 TAMU-FAPESP grant, Sole PI.

“Design, Optimization and Characterization of Thin Film Photovoltaics”, March 2015, Cal Poly Pomona Early Career Award summer grant, Sole PI.

“Improving Learning Capabilities at Cal State Universities Using Interactive Technology-Based Creative Teaching”, Dec. 2014, Cal Poly Pomona Faculty mini-grant, Sole PI.

Patents and Inventions

Hajimirza, Shima, “Complexity-Reduced First Order Optimization Method for High- Dimensional Problems,” US provisional patent filed, 2015, serial number 62/113, 203.

Hajimirza, Shima, and John R. Howell, “Method for Designing Nano-Structures Having a Desired Physical Characteristic,” US provisional patent filed, 2013 Serial Number 61/818, 644.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

1. Kaya, Mine*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Estimating Radiation Scattering Around Plasmonic Nanowires Using Engineered Geometric Features,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 1-35(2022).

2. Lopes, Sofia*, Elmer Cari, and Shima Hajimirza, “A Comparative Analysis of Artificial Neural Networks for Photovoltaic Power Forecast Using Remotes and Local Measurements,” Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 144, no. 2 (2022).

3. Hajimirza, Shima, and Hussein Sharadga*, “Learning Thermal Radiative Properties of Porous Media from Engineering Geometric Features,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 179 (2021): 121668.

4. Kim, Hansol*, Mine Kaya*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Broadband Solar Distributed Bragg Reflector Design Using Numerical Optimization,” Journal of Solar Energy 221 (2021): 384-392.

5. Kaya, Mine*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Nonparametric Design of Nanoparticles with Maximum Scattering Using Evolutionary Topology Optimization,” International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 166 (2021): 120738.

6. Sharadga, Hussein*, Shima Hajimirza, and Robert S. Balog, “Time Series Forecasting of Solar Power Generation for Large-Scale Photovoltaic Plants,” Renewable Energy 150 (2020): 797-807.

7. Kang, Hyun Hee*, Mine Kaya*, and Shima Hajimirza, “A Data-Driven Artificial Neural Network Model for Predicting Radiative Properties of Metallic Packed Beds,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 226(2019): 66-72.

8. Kaya, Mine*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Using a Novel Transfer Learning Method for
Designing Thin Film Solar Cells with Enhanced Quantum Efficiencies,” Nature, Scientific reports 9, no. 1 (2019): 5034.

9. Shafi, Aliakbar*, Hussein Sharadga*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Design of Optimal Power Point Tracking Controller Using Forecasted Photovoltaic Power and Demand,” IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy 11, no. 3 (2019): 1820-1828.

10. Kaya, Mine*, and Shima Hajimirza, “Rapid Optimization of External Quantum Efficiency of Thin Film Solar Cells Using Surrogate Modeling of Absorptivity,” Nature, Scientific reports 8, no. 1 (2018): 8170.


ME 234: Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics

ME 618: Principles of Energy Conversion and Renewable Energy

ME 610: Machine Learning Based Optimization for Mechanical