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Principal Investigator 

Mohammad Heiranian

Dr. Mohammad “Mosi” Heiranian is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University (NC State). He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining as a faculty member at NC State, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His expertise is in using the fundamentals of physics in conjunction with large-scale computer calculations to predict physical, chemical, and material properties of systems across different scales from quantum to continuum. His research has focused on developing nanofluidic theories for flow in nanopores by revisiting classical theories of fluid mechanics. His research has led to the discovery of novel materials and design features for water desalination, clean power generation, single-biomolecule detection, and disease diagnosis. Recently, his research has focused on understanding ion-selective transport in nanopores to guide the design and development of highly-selective membrane materials for water and energy applications.

Undergraduate Researchers

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Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomanufacturing (upstream concentration) at North Carolina State University. Currently, Brandon serves as a Research Assistant, where he is actively involved in learning and applying theoretical models and molecular dynamics simulations to contribute to the research of the group. Brandon is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and plans to pursue a career as a Mechanical Engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. Outside of academia, Brandon enjoys creating hands-on projects that complement his analytical mindset. He is also an active volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Sanford, North Carolina.


Andrew Bonville

Andrew Bonville is an aerospace engineering student who loves cars, computers, and analog photography. 


Angad Khurana

Angad Khurana is a Mechanical Engineering student. He plans on pursuing a career in additive manufacturing. Outside of school, he enjoys creating and printing 3D models using Solidworks and playing tennis.

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