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.