Babak Shotorban, Ph.D.

Babak ShotorbanAssociate Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


  Technology Hall/OKT N261
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  (256) 824-6758
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  Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
  Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
  Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology


Dr. Shotorban was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2005 to 2007, and a software development engineer at ESI-Group, Huntsville, from 2007 to 2008 prior to joining UAH as Assistant Professor. He has been a PI or Co-PI on a number of projects supported by NSF, USDA, and GoMRI. His current research projects are concerned with high-order two-fluid methods for particle-laden flows, fire initiation and propagation in sparse vegetation, effects of heating mechanisms and moisture content on ignition of live fuels, and dynamics and stochastic charging of dust particles in plasmas.

Research Expertise

  • Turbulent particle/droplet-laden flows
  • Reacting flows in fires
  • Dusty plasmas
  • Stochastic/probabilistic modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • High performance computing

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award of College of Engineering, UAH, 2013
  • Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, UAH, 2013
  • Junior Faculty Distinguished Research Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2010 and 2011
  • Research Mini-Grant Award, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2008 and 2009
  • Provost’s Award for Graduate Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003

Recent Publications

Dahale, A., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Interactions of Fires of Neighboring Shrubs in Two- and Three-shrub Arrangements,'' International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press.

Yashwanth, B. L., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., and Weise, D. R., ``An Investigation of the Influence of Heating Modes on Ignition and Pyrolysis of Woody Wildland Fuel,'' Combustion Science and Technology, in press.

Shotorban, B., ``Intrinsic Fluctuations of Dust Grain Charge in Multi-component Plasmas,'' Physics of Plasmas, 22, 033702, 2014.

Yilmazoglu, M. Z., Amirabedin, E., and Shotorban, B., ``Waste Heat Utilization in Natural Gas Pipeline Compression Stations by an Organic Rankine Cycle,'' Energy Exploration and Exploitation, 32, 317-328, 2014.

Matthews, L. S., Shotorban, B., and Hyde, T. W., ``Cosmic Dust Aggregation with Stochastic Charging,'' The Astrophysical Journal, 776, 103, 2013.

Shotorban, B., Jacobs, G. B., Ortiz, O., and Truong, Q., ``An Eulerian Model for Particles Nonisothermally Carried by a Compressible Fluid,'' International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 65, 845–854, 2013.

Dahale, A., Ferguson, S., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Effects of Distribution of Bulk Density and Moisture Content on Shrub Fires,'' International Journal of Wildland Fire, 22, 625-641, 2013.

Ferguson, S., Dahale, A., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., and Weise, D. R., ``The Role of Moisture on Combustion of Pyrolysis Gases in Wildland Fires,'' Combustion Science and Technology, 185, 435-453, 2013.

Shotorban, B., ``Stochastic Fluctuations of Dust Particle Charge in RF Discharges,'' Physics of Plasmas, 19, 053702, 2012.

Horn, C., Davoudabadi, M., and Shotorban, B., ``Effects of Radiofrequency on Dust Particle Dynamics in a Plasma Reactor,'' Journal of Applied Physics, 110, 113305, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Nonstationary Stochastic Charge Fluctuations of a Dust Particle in Plasmas,'' Physical Review E, 83, 066403, 2011.

Dunn, M.C., Shotorban, B., and Frendi, A., ``Uncertainty Quantification of Turbulence Model Coefficients via Latin Hypercube Sampling Method,'' Journal of Fluids Engineering- Transactions of The ASME, 133, 041402, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Preliminary Assessment of Two-fluid Model for Direct Numerical Simulation of Particle-laden Flows,'' AIAA Journal, 49, 438-443, 2011.

Shotorban, B., ``Dynamic Least-squares Kernel Density Modeling of Fokker-Planck Equations with Application to Neural Population,'' Physical Review E, 81, 046706, 2010.

Zhang, K.K.Q., Shotorban, B., Minkowycz, W.J., and Mashayek, F., ``A Comprehensive Approach for Simulation of Capillary Jet Breakup,'' International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 53, 3057-3066, 2010.

Shotorban, B., and Balachandar, S., ``A Two-fluid Approach for Direct Numerical Simulation of Particle-laden Turbulent Flows at Small Stokes Numbers,'' Physical Review E, 79, 056703, 2009.

Sengupta, K., Shotorban, B., Jacobs, G.B., and Mashayek, F., ``Spectral-based Simulations of Particle-laden Turbulent Flows,'' International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 35, 811-826, 2009.