With pollution causing health crises throughout the world, Shahab Taherian's research has never been more important.
Taherian is working with Dr. Hamid Rahai (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), CSULB's Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services, the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center to develop a diagnostic system of the human respiratory system using computational fluid dynamics.
Currently working on his doctorate in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics, Taherian takes CT scans and MRI scans to make 3-D models. Then he analyzes them to find out how much pollution is being deposited into the lungs and the respiratory tract. His research can be used to design new inhalers and surgical masks, better drug delivery systems and improved preventative measures for controlling the quality of air. It has the potential to help people all over the world - particularly his family in Iran, where pollution has never been worse and has been attributed to thousands of deaths.
Taherian is also conducting research on how particles spread in public transportation systems, which can lead to new ways of preventing the spread of viruses on trains and airplanes when people sneeze or cough.
He has co-authored two papers and has another that will be published in November. He has presented his research at four conferences throughout the country. In February, Taherian won first place in the CSULB Student Research Competition for his research, "CFD Modeling and Analysis of Pulmonary Airways/Particles Transport and Deposition." He will go on to compete in the CSU System-wide Student Research Competition at Cal Poly Pomona in May.
Taherian currently works as a teaching assistant at CSULB. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. He earned his master's degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB in 2009. After graduating from the CSULB/Claremont Graduate University Ph.D. program in 2013, Taherian hopes to continue his research and teach at the university level.