Principal Investigator


Prof. Hessam Babaee

Hessam Babaee received his B.Sc. (2003) and MSc. (2006) from University of Tehran in Mechanical Engineering. He then received M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Mechanical Engineering  both from Louisiana State University  (2013).  He then joined Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Postdoctoral Associate. In 2017, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Pittsburgh  as an Assistant Professor. 

Graduate Students

Prerna Patil

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I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Computational Modeling and Simulation (CMS) program at the University of Pittsburgh. My current work focuses on developing numerical methods for reduced-order modeling of stochastic systems. My research interests lie in numerical methods, dynamical systems, and uncertainty quantification. Prior to UPitt, I completed my MS in Fluids and Thermal Sciences from Brown University and B.Tech in Aerospace engineering from IIT Madras. 

Michael Donello


My name is Michael Donello and I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department. I am a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where I received my BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2018.  During my time as an undergraduate, I worked on various research projects where I became interested in fluid dynamics and developed a passion for understanding complex flows using data-driven modeling and dimension reduction. These interests led me to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering where I am now a research assistant working to develop reduced-order modeling techniques for calculating sensitivity in chaotic flows. 


Although I take my work very seriously, I like to maintain a positive and welcoming environment and you can usually find me cracking a joke in the lab with my peers. In my free time, I enjoying working out and exploring new places to eat in the great city of Pittsburgh!

Alireza Amiri

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My Name is Alireza Amiri Margavi.  I received a BSc from the K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 2015 and an MSc from the University of Tehran in 2018, in which I became interested in dynamical systems and extracting information from data during my master studies. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Computational Modeling and Simulation Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where I work under the supervision of Professor Hessam Babaee. My research is focused on advancing theory and methods in order to improve our understanding of high-dimensional and nonlinear dynamical systems such as turbulent flow.

Shaghayegh Zamani

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My passion and interest in modeling and predicting physical phenomena led me to become a Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh in Computational Modeling and Simulation after I graduated from the Sharif University of Technology in Aerodynamics. My current research is to develop a computational model with the least possible computational time to simulate blood flow in the brain or artery which involves machine learning, data science, and reduced-order modeling. The aim of this project is to enhance stroke diagnosis and prevent death or possible disabilities.

Oleg Boychencko

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I am a third-year graduate student working in both Dr. Hessam Babaee's and Dr. Peyman Givi's labs. My research involves developing optimal reduction techniques for high-dimensional partial differential equations and applying them to solve problems in the field of combustion. By lifting the curse of dimensionality, problems once computationally intractable become feasible: from simulating the combustion of complex fuels in a space shuttle engine to predicting a solar flare that may wreak havoc on our technology.


  • Dr. Donya Ramezanian:  Postdoctoral Associate (2019-2020)

  • Dr. Arash Nouri: Postdoctoral Associate (joint with Prof. Givi) (2018-2020)