Dr. Manoochehr M. Koochesfahani
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Michigan State University
E. Lansing, MI 48824
Manoochehr Koochesfahani is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. He received his BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and his MS and PhD degrees in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He held a post‐doctoral position at Caltech for several years before joining Michigan State University in 1987 as an assistant professor.
Koochesfahani’s research is focused on fundamental experimental studies of turbulent mixing, unsteady fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, vortex flows and, more recently, micro‐ and nano‐flows, in addition to biologicallyinspired flows. He and his students have made pioneering contributions to the development of advanced optical techniques for fluid flow and mixing diagnostics. His early work is credited for developing the digital laser induced fluorescence (LIF) method for the quantitative imaging of scalar mixing field and molecular mixing in liquids. A hallmark of his research group’s efforts at MSU is the development of molecule‐based methods for imaging the velocity and temperature fields in a flow. Among them are the techniques of molecular tagging velocimetry (MTV) and molecular tagging thermometry (MTT). More recently, his lab has introduced the method of quantum dot (QD) imaging for mapping flows with nanometer resolution.
Koochesfahani has been the recipient of several awards including the Ricketts Prize from RPI, the William F. Ballhaus Prize from Caltech, the Withrow Teaching Excellence Award from MSU, and the Outstanding Paper Award from Measurement Science & Technology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), has served as a member of the AIAA Aerodynamic Measurement Technology Technical Committee, and a Guest Editor for Measurement Science and Technology. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Experiments in Fluids, and the International Editorial Advisory Board of Measurement Science & Technology.