Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Tehran
Farshid Chini, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tehran in Iran which is one of the top 50 best global Universities for engineering (USNEWS 2016). He received his BSc from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. Then he moved to Canada to purse his graduate studies at the University of Alberta the home to the largest nanotechnology institute in Canada and one of the finest in the world (NINT).
Dr. Chini was the recipient of a numerous research and teaching awards during his academic path. Among them are: Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral level, The Mary Louise Imrie Award, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Award for Outstanding Service, Sadler Scholarship, Alberta Ingenuity, Germany Travel Award, Graduate Student Teaching Award, University Teaching System Award, and Engineering Teaching Award. He has coordinated a couple of seminars and symposiums, among them are a series of teaching seminars entitled “What Contributes to Successful Teaching in Engineering” at the University of Alberta. He has been invited to a couple of research institutes and Universities as an invited researcher. Among them are: York University in Canada, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, and Max Plank Institute, in Germany. Dr. Chini is the founder and head of SNE (Surface Nano-Engineering) research center in Iran. The SNE is a multi-disciplinary research center that serves the industry in advancement of surface engineering sciences. At the SNE Research Center high-end surfaces, with required properties for practical applications, are being developed using the state-of-the-art surface nano-engineering techniques. Among the SNE contracts are: developing corrosive resilient metal surfaces for NIOC (National Iranian Oil Company), mitigating evaporation from dams’ reservoirs using nano-layers for Ministry of Energy of Iran, and some other consulting and research-based projects for private sector. Currently more than 40 BSc, MSc, and PhD students work and research at this research center. Dr. Chini is pioneer in applying mixture of regular, superhydrophobic, and superhydrophilic (RSS) surfaces for optimizing the performance of different equipment. One of the successful examples is applying the RSS surfaces on airfoil and hydrofoils to increase the ratio of lift to drag.