Yaghoob (Amir) Farnam, PhD
Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Department of Materials Science & Engineering (Affiliated Faculty Member)
Phone: (215) 865-6152
Fax: (215) 895-1363
Mohammad is a Ph.D. student in Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department. He received both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. For his M.Sc. he worked on " Durability of mortars containing nano-rice husk ash against penetration of chloride ions". At Drexel, he is currently working on producing "reactive light-weight aggregate from bottom ash". Furthermore, he is performing research on the incorporation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) in concrete which can improve its quality by preventing freezing on its surface.
Parsa is a Ph.D. student in Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department. He received both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. For his M.Sc., he worked on "Synthesis and Surface Modification of Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Scaffold for Using in Neural Tissue Engineering". At Drexel, he is currently working on bio-inspired advanced manufacturing of fiber reinforced concrete for infrastructural applications. Furthermore, he will study the effects of using different polymeric materials and their architectural design used as fiber reinforcement in concrete on mechanical properties.
Rathin is a graduate student pursuing his master's in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. He has completed his BS in mechanical engineering from Manipal University Jaipur, India in 2018. As part of ASIM lab, he is performing tasks such as lab-scale high temperature synthesis of novel ceramic materials (SPoRA), mechanical testing of SPoRA's engineering properties and experimental and theoretical investigation of using SPoRA in concrete applications.
Jess is a senior in civil engineering in the Drexel CAEE department who is interested in geotechnical engineering, transportation, and coastal sustainability. She plans to pursue a career in highway engineering and potentially research coastal/storm resiliency either from the technical side or potentially from the legal policy making perspective. As part of the ASIM lab, she is a member of the SPORA team, which researches the potential for using coal waste ash to produce lightweight aggregate (LWA). Jess's work focuses specifically on waste fly ash (i.e., off-spec fly ash), preparing aggregate samples and analyzing the sample's pore structure with 3D x-ray processing software.
Thiha is a BS/MS student in Chemical & Biological Engineering. As part of ASIM lab, he is working as a research assistant assisting to develop SPoRA materials.
Angela is a junior studying chemical engineering with two minors in Math and German. As part of the ASIM lab, she is currently building and testing an efficient system within cementitious composites for a better heat transfer. This is a part of the phase change materials (PCM) project, in which chemicals prevent freezing on concrete surfaces through releasing large amounts of stored latent heat.
Patrick is a junior student with a structural concentration in Civil and Architectural Engineering in the Drexel CAEE Department. He is assisting ASIM lab with testing Geopolymer Concrete's durability under freezing and thawing and deicing salt exposure. The focus of this project is to observe if Geopolymer Concrete performs comparatively to traditional concrete in environments prone to freezing and roadway deicers.
Rayna is working towards a BS in chemical engineering and a minor in material science and engineering with an anticipated graduation year of 2021. She is working on the ASIM lab’s self-healing concrete project, which utilizes microbially induced precipitations of calcium carbonate from the bacteria that is added to the cement paste. The specific focus of her research is characterizing the micropore structure of this new material.
- Nay Ye Oo (Sonny); BS/MS in Civil Engineering
- Robert Howell; MS in Mechanical Engineering
- Bochen Zhang; BS in Civil Engineering
- Allison Hampton; BS in Civil Engineering
- Taylor Washington; BS in Civil Engineering
- Khalela El-Naggar; BS in Civil Engineering
- Mitchell Rector; BS in Civil Engineering
- Sarah Dick; BS in Civil Engineering
- Martin Bobcek; BS in Civil Engineering
Interested individuals are welcome to contact Dr. Farnam to get involved in ASIM research activities. Please send a short bio of yourself in an email and explain why you are interested in joining ASIM research group. Do not forget to attach your resume/CV to the email.