2023 40 Under 40: Mehran Salehi, Ph.D., 35
Building Environmental Science Associate, Harris Co.; Ph.D., Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University of Toledo
Salehi uses thermal and flow simulations to create efficient project designs. He is motivated to continuously innovate and improve those designs to ensure projects meet or exceed expectations. Since joining the industry in 2016, Salehi has used his extensive knowledge to predict failure scenarios and reduce costs. He relies on his experience with computational fluid dynamics, fluid mechanics and energy modeling to optimize heating and cooling requirements within health care facilities and commercial buildings. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Salehi developed his interest in design and computer-based simulations during undergraduate studies at Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. Salehi achieved his master’s in mechanical engineering from the University Technology Malaysia. He then moved to the U.S where he received his doctorate from the University of Toledo. His focus for both theses considered advanced turbulent air flow characteristics and how micro particles spread within complex micro and macro environments. This helped Salehi years later when he was designing HVAC systems for clean spaces like operating rooms and clinical centers. Recent projects include pharmaceutical facilities, hospitals and health care buildings and data centers. He’s been an active member of ASHRAE for several years and has published and presented papers at different conferences. Outside of work, Salehi spends his free time outdoors. He belongs to a local hiking club and recently started skiing. He values this connection with nature and enjoys sharing his outdoor experiences with co-workers.