Khosro Shahbazi (2011)

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering (ME)


B.S., Sharif University
M.A.S., University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Toronto

(605) 394-1665
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Research Expertise
  1. Design, analysis and implementation of novel numerical methods focusing on efficiency (both in serial and parallel computations), stability, accuracy and simplicity for multi-phase flows with phase change, wave-dominated flows and turbulence with applications in renewable energy, inertial confinement fusion, deflagration to detonation, ejector-based cooling, cryocoolers, cryogenics and medicine
  2. Intersection of optics, acoustics and nanophysics: optoacoustics of gold nanoparticles, nanodroplets and microbubble with applications in medicine and energy efficiency (analytical, computational and experimental approaches).
  3. Synergy of theory, computation and experiment for model parameter extraction and physical property estimation in laser-induced violent phase change, and ultrasound-meditated phase change.
Brief Bio

I am a tenured associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at South Dakota Mines. I spent my sabbatical leave (2018-2019) at Georgia Tech where I developed analytical solution algorithms for photoacoutstics of nanoparticles with application in cancer diagnosis and therapy. For three years, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University where I developed high-order numerical schemes for shock interfacial instabilities (Richtmyer-Meshkov instabilities), and prior to that a postdoctoral researcher in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wyoming where I worked on multigrid discontinuous Galerkin algorithms for computational aerodynamics. I obtained my Ph.D. and M.A. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada). My undergraduate was in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran).



I am interested in pedagogy of teaching in particular constructivism, reflectivism, and optimal conflict (i.e., rigorous teaching that challenges students but at the same time provides them with sufficient support). I have taught a large array of classes from sophomore level all the way to the Ph.D. level courses at both Brown University and South Dakota Mines. My class sizes have ranged from large classes (80 students on the undergraduate level) to small classes (7 students at the Ph.D. level). I have taught the following courses: Thermodynamics I (ME 211); Thermodynamics II (ME 312); Fluid Mechanics (ME 331); Heat Transfer (ME 313); Gas Dynamics (ME 402/502); Advanced Heat Transfer (ME 613); Advanced Fluid Mechanics (ME 612); Computational Transport Phenomena (ME 616); Thermoacoustics (ME 792); High Performance Discontinuous Galerkin Solvers, APMA 2821G, Spring 2010 (Applied Mathematics, Brown University); Numerical Ordinary Differential Equations, Undergraduate Short Course, Summer 2010 (Applied Mathematics, Brown University);

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