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MSU’s Zayernouri Named 2017 Young Investigator

Mohsen Zayernouri

Michigan State University’s Mohsen Zayernouri has earned a three-year grant to support his research as result of being named a 2017 Young Investigator Program Award by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Zayernouri, assistant professor in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the director of the Fractional Mathematics for Anomalous Transport and Hydromechanics (FMATH) group. The focus of the FMATH group is on using advanced computational tools from applied mathematics and data sciences to develop multi-fidelity and predictive simulation tools for challenging engineering problems including: stochastic Lévy processes in turbulent flows, shock and interface problems in reacting and multi-phase flows, anomalous transport in porous and disordered materials, sub-/super-diffusion processes in the human brain, and complex bio-materials and tissue engineering.

The Air Forces Office of Scientific Research’s Young Investigator Program is designed to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. Zayernouri’s proposal, “Data-Infused Fractional PDE Modelling and Simulation of Anomalous Transport,” was one of 58 chosen from a group of 230 proposals submitted in response to the Air Forces Office of Scientific Research’s broad agency announcement.

Zayernouri obtained his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran. Subsequently, he joined the University of Utah, where he acquired his first PhD in mechanical engineering. He then joined Brown University, where he received his second PhD in applied mathematics under Professor George Em Karniadakis. Prior to joining MSU, Zayernouri was a postdoctoral research associate in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University.

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