ACRL - People

Dr. Homayun K. Navaz (Director of ACRL)

Dr. Navaz is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He joined Kettering University in spring of 1995. Dr. Navaz received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1985. His MS is in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1981. He obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University, Mississippi, 1980. Dr. Navaz worked as an associate engineer in petroleum industry during the late 1970's. Since then he has held positions as a consultant at SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation), research scientist at Software and Engineering Associates and Physical Research, Inc., and principal scientist and Division Manager at Adaptive Research Corporation until 1995. During this time, his main focus has been the development of computer programs for engineering applications. The JANNAF (Joint Army Navy NASA Air Force Committee)/industry standard codes, TDK (Two Dimensional Kinetics), SPP (Solid Performance Program), and VIPER (Viscous Interaction Performance program) designed for rocket engine performance calculations bear his name. He is also the developer of the LTCP (Liquid Thrust Chamber Performance) for multi-phase combustion, the general purpose ROYA® for fluid mechanics and combustion, ATHENA for equilibrium radiation of participating media also applicable to high altitude nuclear explosions, and AOE (Aero-Optical Effect) codes as a part of the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program. He is currently involved in optimization of air curtains in open refrigerated display cases for energy saving purpose by using computational and flow visualization techniques.

Dr. Navaz is the Principal Investigator for the Kettering Agent Fate Project, which is responsible for the development of a porous media transport model to describe the fate and persistency of chemical agents after their release into the environment.

Mazyar Amin

Mazyar Amin is a PhD student at the University of Washington in Seattle. As his PhD dissertation (air curtain optimization) is a joint project between his university and Kettering University, he has been conducting several experimental and computational researches at Kettering University. He received his MSc. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington in 2006 and obtained another MSc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran in 2002 and a BS. in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in 1999. He has developed the tracer gas method for infiltration measurement in the display cases. He also uses DPIV and FLUENT commercial code to investigate the structure of the air curtains and also flow passing rectangular cavities. His research interests are fluids dynamics and heat transfer; specifically in the applications of air curtains, micro-fluidics, aerodynamics, as well as electronics cooling, heat pipes, heat exchangers and HVAC. He has been working under the supervision of Dr. Dana Dabiri at the University of Washington and Dr. Navaz at Kettering University. Mazyar is expected to graduate in Autumn 2008.

  • Dr. Brenda Henderson (former member)
  • Dr. Ahmad Pourmovahed (former member
  • Srinivasan C. Rasipuram (former graduate student)