Mahdi Ramezani is currently a graduate student in Iowa State University.
He is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Chemical Engineering under supervision of Prof. Michael G. Olsen.
I am focused on different aspects of multiphase fluid flow and heat transfer. My work has a variety of potential applications, from oil well drilling, catalytic reactors in refineries, carbon sequestration units, biofuel production, and algae growth. I am involved with Dr. S. Subramaniam's group that investigates solid-liquid multiphase phenomena including fluid flow and heat transfer. I also participate in Dr. R. D. Vigil's group, investigating gas-liquid multiphase phenomena including fluid flow and mass transfer. I was part of the early stages of an scale up project in multi inlet vortex mixer collaborating with Prof. R. O. Fox's group. We will be extending our work to visualization of liquid-liquid two phase flow for quantitative measurements in the near future.
Team Work and Diversity
I enjoy working in diverse groups on multidisciplinary projects and prefer to be involved in multiple tasks. During my current PhD program, I am involved with projects regarding fluidized bed multiphase flows, Taylor-Couette vortex reactors, and biorenewables development. I take leadership, diversity, and team work as essential characteristics needed for achieving ambitious goals. I have worked with colleagues from different nationalities, cultures, and beliefs, both men and women.
I am currently in charge of different laboratories in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and BioRenewables Laboratories. As part of my work, I am mentoring new graduate students that join our group and also I supervise undergraduates that help us with working in our labs.
Beyond my professional work, I have leadership experience in different student organizations, namely, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (MEGSO), Iranian Students' and Scholars' Association (ISSA), and Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). I also experienced mentoring new graduate students coming to our department and freshman engineering students for a year through different programs available at ISU. This last one was quite a different experience, getting young student to be interested in and motivated about engineering and graduate school and exposed to higher level research without having any authority or incentive as a given. Also I lead groups of friends for outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and camping. The fun with hiking is that no matter how much you plan ahead, there can always be something unpredicted in nature that needs to be dealt with. It requires both the skills for planning ahead of the time and decision making in situ.
I studied in Allameh Helli high school in Tehran and was part of a team designing a robot for a "golf contest" which was way different from what is known as the golf sport. I got my BSc in ME focusing on power systems and my project there involved experimental investigation of free and forced convection heat transfer. I did my MSc in the University of Tehran developing an empirical combustion code for Diesel spray under supervision of Prof. V. Esfahanian.
I have a background about engines, specifically Diesel engines, regarding performance and combustion modelling. I have been involved with research about turbomachinery as well. I have done several experimental projects dealing with fluid flow and heat transfer for years. Through my current position, I am learning about imaging techniques, lasers, and some chemical engineering design.