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Faraz Enayati Ahangar

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I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California Riverside and have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology. My research focuses on air quality and atmospheric modeling, specifically understanding the impact of vehicle emissions on urban air quality in the presence of roadside barriers. I conduct field studies to measure gaseous and particle concentrations of air pollutants and the micrometeorological variables that govern dispersion of these pollutants. I develop semi-empirical models to interpret the results of field studies and find the primary factors affecting the dispersion. I have also worked on projects in emission modeling, CAD modeling, data analysis, programming, and astronomy.

EDUCATION
  • University of California Riverside (2013 - present)
  • Phd, Mechanical Engineering
  • Sharif University of Technology (2008 - 2013)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering
EXPERIENCE
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (2017 - present)
  • Student Engineer
    Data analysis and software application development at Energy Reconciliation group.
  • University of California, Riverside (2014 - present)
  • Research/Teaching Assistant
    Research on air quality and dispersion modeling; holding discussion sections, lectures, labs, and exams. Classes taught: Transport Phenomena (Spring 2016); Mechanics of Materials (Winter 2016); Dynamics (Fall 2015); Mechanical Engineering Modeling and Analysis (Winter 2015); Introduction to Engineering Computation (Fall 2014).
  • Maroon Consulting Engineers (2011 - 2012)
  • Assistant Engineer
    Computer aided design of agricultural pumping and piping systems.
PROJECTS
  • UCR Air Quality Modeling and Monitoring System. Funded by UCR Graduate Student Association (2017-present).
  • Project description: This project’s objective is to find the average hourly trend of air pollution on campus caused by CA-60 highway emissions. An air quality monitoring system will be developed to notify the students. Responsibilities: Modeling air quality levels at UCR campus; designing and installing a real-time air quality monitoring system; developing a website to show measured air quality data.
  • Effectiveness of Sound Wall-Vegetation Combination Barriers as Near-Roadway Pollutant Mitigation Strategies. Funded by California Air Resource Board, supervised by Dr. Akula Venkatram (2014 - present).
  • Project description: This project examines the effects of road configurations and urban vegetation on the air quality impact of vehicle related emissions, and uses this understanding to suggest methods to mitigate the impact of these emissions on urban air quality.
  • Estimating Total Emissions in Tehran for One Typical Day. Supported by Tehran Air Quality Control Company, supervised by Dr. Vahid Hosseini (2012 - 2013).
  • Project description: The project goal was to model traffic-produced emission for the city of Tehran based on traffic flow patterns. Responsibilities: Conducting field study for measuring traffic flow patterns and fleet characteristics in Tehran; modeling air pollution emission.
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HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Green Grant (G3), UCR Graduate Student Association, (2017)
  • NCST Graduate Fellowship, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, (2016 - 2017)
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California, Riverside, (2015 - 2016)
  • Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, (2013 - 2016)
  • National Elite Foundation Fellowship, Sharif University of Technology, (2008 - 2012)
  • Bronze Medal, 2nd International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Bandung, Indonesia, (2008)
  • Gold Medal, 3rd International Astronomy Olympiad, Simeiz, Crimea, (2007)