Dr. Babak Shotorban

Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department

Biography

Dr. Shotorban has a general interest in developing and using mathematical, computational, and stochastic approaches to describe multiphysics and multiphase flow phenomena. He has been a PI or Co-PI on several projects supported by NSF, DOD, USDA, JFSP and GoMRI. His current research is concerned with physics-based modeling of wildland fires, and computational and stochastic modeling of dusty plasmas. Prior to joining UAH, Dr. Shotorban was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Simulation of Advanced Rockets in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a CFD software development engineer at ESI-Group.

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Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1998
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Associate Fellow of AIAA
  • 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

  • Padhi, S., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., ``Computational investigation of flame characteristics of a non-propagating shrub fire,'' Fire Safety Journal, 81, 64–73, 2016.
  • Yashwanth, B. L., Shotorban, B., Mahalingam, S., Lautenberger, C. W., and Weise, D. R., "A Numerical Investigation of the Influence of Radiation and Moisture on the Pyrolysis and Ignition of a Leaf-like Fuel Element,"Combustion and Flame, 163, 301-316, 2016.
  • Shotorban, B., "Bistable Intrinsic Charge Fluctuations of a Dust Grain Subject to Secondary Electron Emission in a Plasma," Physical Review E, 92, 043101, 2015.
  • Dahale, A., Shotorban, B., and Mahalingam, S., "Interactions of Fires of Neighboring Shrubs in Two- and Three-shrub Arrangements," International Journal of Wildland Fire, 24, 624-639, 2015.
  • 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, 187, 780-796, 2015.
  • 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.