Najafi, Hamidreza

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

Hamidreza Najafi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. He conducts research and teaching courses in the areas of thermal sciences. His recent research works have been focused on inverse heat condcution problems, energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. His past experiences includes working as a lead engineer in Alabama Industrial Assessment Center (funded by U. S. Department of Energy), where he was focused on improving efficiency in industrial energy systems and conducted assessments for more than fifty manufacturing companies located in AL, GA and MS (2011-2015).

Educational Background

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2015

M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Alabama, 2012

B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, 2010

Recognition & Awards

- 2016-2017 ASME Student Chapter Top Young Professor Award

- Recognized as Outstanding Reviewer for Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering (by Elsevier), June 2015.

- Recognized for Exemplary Academic Record and Research in the Solar Energy by ASME Solar Energy Division, July 2013

- Recieved Industrial Assessment Center Award for Excellence in Applied Energy Engineering Research, Aug 2012.

- Recieved the Best Paper Award for Outstanding Paper from the ASME Solar Energy Division, Photovoltaic Committee, 6th ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, San Diego CA, July 2012

-  Certified as U.S Department of Energy Qualified Specialist in Using SSAT (Steam Systems Assessment Tool, 2013), AirMaster (Compressed Air Systems Assessment tool, 2013), PHAST (Process Heat System Assessment Tool, 2012), FSAT (Fan System Assessment Tool, 2011) and PSAT (Pump System Assessment Tool, 2011).    http://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/downloads/qualified-specialists-industrial-assessment-tools

Current Courses

MAE 4071 - Thermal Systems Design

MAE 4171 - Principles of Heat Transfer

MAE 4074 - Heat Transfer Laboratory

MAE 4175 - HVAC

Professional Experience

- Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, Aug 2015-Present

- Lead Engineer, Alabama Industrial Assessment Center, Jan 2011-Aug 2015

Additional Duties

- Director of Thermal Systems and Energy Efficiency (TSEE) Lab. 

- Faculty Supervisor of the Heat Transfer Lab. 

- Faculty Advisor of ASHRAE's Branch in FIT

- Student Activities Co-Chair-ASHRAE's Spacecoast Chapter (2017-Present)

- Student Activities Chair-ASHRAE's Spacecoast Chapter (2015-2017) 

Current Research

Dr. Najafi’s current research interests include inverse heat conduction problems, residential and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. 

Selected Publications

Selected Journal Articles:

- K.A. Woodbury, H. Najafi, J.V. Beck, Exact analytical solution for 2-D transient heat conduction in a rectangle with partial heating on one edge, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Volume 112, February 2017, Pages 252–262.

- Hamidreza Najafi, Keith A. Woodbury, James V. Beck, Real Time Solution for Inverse Heat Conduction Problems in a Two-Dimensional Plate with Multiple Heat Fluxes at the Surface, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Volume 91 (2015), Pages 1148–1156.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, Online Heat Flux Estimation Using Artificial Neural Networks as a Digital Filter Approach, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 91 (2015) 808–817.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, J. V. Beck, Ned R. Keltner, Real-time heat flux measurement using directional flame thermometer, Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering, Volume 86, 5 July 2015, Pages 229–237.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, J. V. Beck, "A filter based solution for inverse heat conduction problems in multi-layer mediums", International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 83 (2015) 710–720.

- K. A. Woodbury, J. V. Beck, H. Najafi, “Filter solution of inverse heat conduction problem using measured temperature history as remote boundary condition”, Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 72, May 2014, P 139–147.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, “Optimization of a Cooling System Based on Peltier Effect for Photovoltaic Cells”, Solar Energy, Volume 91, May 2013, Pages 152–160. Solar Energy, Volume 91, May 2013, Pages 152–160.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, “Modeling and Analysis of Combined Photovoltaic- Thermoelectric Power Generation System”, ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering 135(3), 031013.

- H. Najafi, B. Najafi and P. Hoseinpoori, “Energy and Cost Optimization of a plate and Fin Heat Exchanger Using Genetic Algorithm”, Applied Thermal Eng., Vol. 31, Issue 10, July 2011, P. 1839-1847.

- B. Najafi, H. Najafi, M. D.Idalik, “A CFD Investigation and Multi-Objective Optimization of an Engine Air Cooling System using Genetic Algorithm”, Journal Mechanical Engineering Science, vol.225 no.6, June 2011, P 1389-1398.

- H. Najafi, B. Najafi, “Multi-Objective Optimization of a Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger via Genetic Algorithm”, Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Springer, Vol. 46, No. 6, 639-647, May 2010.

 

Selected Conference Papers:

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, J. V. Beck, Real time solution for inverse heat conduction problems in a two-dimensional plate with multiple heat fluxes at the surface, First Thermal and Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, New York, NY, Aug 2015.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, J. V. Beck, Real Time solution for Inverse Heat Conduction Problems in a Two-Dimensional Medium, Inverse Problems Symposium, East Lansing Michigan, May 2015.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, Application of Artificial Neural Network as Digital Filter for Online Heat Flux Estimation", Proceedings of ASME Int. Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE2014, Montreal, Canada, Nov 2014.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, " Developing An Inverse Heat Conduction Analysis Tool For Real Time Heat Flux Estimation In Directional Flame Thermometer Application", Proc. of ASME Energy Sustainability Conference, Boston, MA, July 2014.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, James V. Beck, Ned R. Keltner, “IHCP Filter Solution for Directional Flame Thermometer Application”, Proceedings of ASME 2013 International Mechanical Eng. Congress San Diego, CA, Nov 2013.

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, “Feasibility Study of Using Thermoelectric Cooling Modules for Active Cooling of Photovoltaic Panels”, Proc. of ASME 2012 Intl Mechanical Eng. Congress, IMECE2012, Houston, TX, Nov 2012.

- Hamidreza Najafi, Keith A. Woodbury, “Modeling and Analysis of Combined Photovoltaic- Thermoelectric Power Generation System”, Proceedings of ASME 2012 Energy Sustainability Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012. (Received The Best Paper Award for The Outstanding Paper from The ASME Solar Energy Division)

- H. Najafi, K. A. Woodbury, “Performance Analysis of Photovoltaic Panels in Alabama Area Using Tracking, Concentration and Cooling”, Proc. of ASME 2012 Energy Sustainability Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

- Hamidreza Najafi, B. Najafi, “Sensitivity Analysis of a Hybrid Photovoltaic Thermal Solar Collector”, Proceedings of IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference EPEC 2011, DOI: 10.1109/EPEC.2011.6070254. 

- P. Hoseinpoori, H. Najafi and B. Najafi ” Optimal Design of a Gas Turbine-Solid Oxide Fuel cell Hybrid Plant” IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference EPEC 2011, DOI: 10.1109/EPEC.2011.6070215. 

- H. Najafi & B. Najafi, “Multi-Objective optimization of a fire-tube heat recovery steam generator System”, IEEE 7th annual Electrical Power and Energy conference, EPEC 2009, DOI: 10.1109/EPEC.2009.5420902.