Dr. Yaghoob Farnam
Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Phone: (215) 865-6152; Fax: (215) 895-1363
Fadi is a PhD student in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. He received his B.Sc. in Civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University of Saudi Arabia in 2011 and his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton, OH in 2015. He joined Drexel ASIM research group in Fall 2016. His research interests include Concrete Technology and Advanced Engineering Materials, Materials Numerical Simulation, and Nondestructive Testing of Materials. The main focus of his research at ASIM lab is to investigate the durability and freeze-thaw performance of cementitious composites exposed to deicing chemicals.
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.
Weijin is a graduate student working on master degree in Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University. He obtained the B.S in Civil Engineering from Huaiyin Institute of Technology, China in 2015. His research work in ASIM lab is more concerning the lightweight aggregate. The main idea is to make use of the high residual carbon in bottom ash to enhance the porosity of the lightweight aggregates, referred to as spherical porous reactive aggregates (SPoRA). Given that the bottom ash has almost no engineering value and high disposal costs, converting it into a value-added construction material in concrete.
Maissoun is a senior working towards her master’s degree in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department. She joined ASIM Lab when she was a junior, for her senior seminar paper. She remained involved in ASIM ever since and has worked on self-healing of cementitious materials using bacteria. This is a part of the bioconcrete project, which utilizes microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitations from bacteria. Her current research work in ASIM is focused on damage mitigation of cementitious materials exposed to deicing salts.
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.
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.
Nay Ye Oo (Sonny) is a pre-junior BS/MS student with a structural concentration in civil engineering in the CAEE department. His undergraduate co-op included drafting land/site development plans such as Erosion & Sediment Control and (Post-Construction) Stormwater Management plans. At ASIM lab, Sonny is a part of the SPoRA project (Spherical Porous Reactive Aggregates) from coal bottom ash. The focus of this project is to create a new type of lightweight aggregate with pozzolanic activity from bottom ash by means of sintering.
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.
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.