Mehdi Mortazavi is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He joined the faculty at WPI in January 2023, after a successful academic career of over six years at Western New England University (WNE) in Springfield, MA, USA. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University in 2014, specializing in thermo-fluid systems with a focus on liquid-gas multiphase flow. Dr. Mortazavi's expertise as an experimentalist in thermo-fluid systems is exemplified by his design and fabrication of numerous research experimental setups for various projects. Prior to his tenure at WNE, he gained valuable industrial experience in the design and analysis of HVAC systems in the state of New York.
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KN Toosi University (Wikipedia)
Dr. Mortazavi completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech University (MTU) in 2014, preceded by an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MTU in 2011 and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from KN Toosi University in 2007. Following his studies, he gained two years of practical experience in mechanical engineering, specifically in the HVAC industry, in the state of New York from 2014 to 2016. In August 2016, he joined the faculty at WNE as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in Summer 2022.
As an active member of professional organizations such as ASME, ECS, APS, and ASHRAE, Dr. Mortazavi has been conducting research in the field of energy-thermo-fluids systems since 2009 when he began his graduate studies at Michigan Tech. His research has focused on solving fundamental problems in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer across a range of applications. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference articles on thermo-fluids systems.
Dr. Mortazavi has a strong background in teaching and has instructed various courses in thermo-fluids at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At WNE, he taught courses such as ME 303-Thermodynamics I, ME 304-Thermodynamics II, ME 417-Heat Transfer, ME 437-Design Projects, and ME 440-Senior Design Projects from August 2016 to December 2022. He also developed ME 491/591 Design of Heat Exchangers and ME 492/592 Multiphase Flow at WNE. Prior to joining WNE, he taught MEEM 3220-Energy Lab at MTU from 2011 to 2014. Currently, at WPI, he is involved in teaching courses such as ES 3003-Heat Transfer, ES 3004-Fluid Mechanics, ME 4429-Thermofluids Application and Design, and ME 514-Fluid Dynamics.
Dr. Mortazavi's research interests encompass multiphase flow, transport phenomena in porous media, droplet dynamics, and evaluating the thermal and hydrodynamic performance of additively manufactured components, including heat exchangers and flow channels, building energy systems, and clean hydrogen. His research approach combines analytical methods with experimental investigations.