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Assistant Professor, Assistant Director of the Alabama Industrial Assessment Center

Alabama Industrial Assessment Center, Mechanical Engineering

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  • Postdoc, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2021
  • Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2020


Dr. Forooza Samadi joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama as a faculty member in January 2022. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Tech during 2021-2022. As a postdoc, she worked on the molecular dynamics (MD)-based simulation of additive manufacturing (AM) of centimeter-scale optical components.

Her main areas of expertise are inverse design and diagnosis in thermal-fluid systems. She uses inverse problem solution methods for inverse diagnosis of the unknown function or parameter, which can be a boundary condition, a thermophysical property, or an evolving geometry. She also uses these methods in inverse boundary design, material design, and geometry design. These techniques help with finding boundary conditions to attain heat flux uniformity and remove hot spots during industrial processes.

In addition, she works on developing analytical and numerical solutions to heat conduction problems using Green’s functions. Her current projects also include assessing the potential flexibility in electrical power load-scheduling for a set of buildings, and the use of the solar water heater in membrane distillation processes.

Dr. Samadi’s work in Alabama Industrial Assessment Center aims at analyzing industrial energy systems and providing energy efficiency assistance to manufacturers. She is a certified compressed air system (AIRMaster+) specialist.

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Council Fellowship, The University of Alabama, 2015-2016 and 2019-2020

Latest Publications

  • F Samadi, JR Mahan, “Simulation of Photo-Polymerization in Additive Manufacturing”, ASTFE Digital Library, 2022
  • F Samadi, KA Woodbury, JV Beck, “Analytical solution for partial heating on the exterior of the pipe with application to measuring fluid flow rate”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 159, 120146
  • KA Woodbury, F Samadi, JV Beck, “Novel numerical method for heat conduction using superposition of exact solutions”, Numerical Heat Transfer, Part B: Fundamentals 78 (6), 365-384
  • F Samadi, KA Woodbury, JV Beck, “Evaluation of generalized polynomial function specification methods”, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 122, 1116-1127
  • F Samadi, F Kowsary, A Sarchami, “Estimation of heat flux imposed on the rake face of a cutting tool: a nonlinear, complex geometry inverse heat conduction case study”, International communications in heat and mass transfer 39 (2), 298-303