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College of Engineering Names New Faculty Bringing Broad Research Interests to Classrooms and Labs

Published: November 18, 2019 | Categories: Engineering, All News
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Dr. Katherine Schlef has joined the Western New England University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Dr. Jamileh Shojaeiarani has been named to the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

Dr. Schlef joins the CEE faculty after finishing a postdoctoral position with The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) in collaboration with researchers at Columbia University and the University of Alabama. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.S. in General Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. Her research addresses questions such as: how might flooding change with a changing climate? Or, how should water resources be managed given changes in water demand and climate? To answer these questions, she uses national and even global data sets, and employs a variety of statistical and process-based modeling techniques.

Dr. Shojaeiarani most recently taught at North Dakota State University, Fargo, where she earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering-Nanocomposite Materials. She holds an M.S. in Mechanics of Machinery from Isfahan University of Technology and a B.S. in Mechanics of Machinery from Shiraz University, both of Iran. Her areas of research include reinforced bio-nanocomposites, cellulose nanocomposite hydrogels, polymer-based high performance nanocomposites, sustainable production of materials from renewable resources, water cleaning membranes, and conversion of biomass into bio-based industrial products.

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