Parichehr Salimifard

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Parichehr Salimifard

Assistant Professor
Culbertson Faculty Scholar
Faculty Advisor, OSU ASHRAE Student Branch and PI, Sustainable, Healthy, and Resilient Building Lab.
Civil and Construction Engineering

Sch Civil & Construction Engr
236 Owen Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States

Postdoctral Fellow, School of Public Health, Harvard University
Ph.D., Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option, Penn State
M.Sc., Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option with minor in Computational Science, Penn State
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Persian Gulf University

Dr. Parichehr Salimifard is an Assistant Professor at the School of Civil and Construction Engineering and leads the Sustainable, Healthy, and Resilient Buildings lab at Oregon State University. Dr. Salimifard’s academic career journey as well as her research projects reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the Sustainable, Healthy, and Resilient Buildings, as it has crossovers to fluid dynamics, aerosol science, energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental health. Her research projects focus on the connections between indoor air quality, building energy performance, emissions footprint of buildings and their climate impacts, and public health impacts of buildings, and how to leverage building science to design and operate buildings that are sustainable and healthy and are also resilient toward the major challenges we have been dealing with such as climate change, wildfire, and pandemic.

One of Dr. Salimifard’s main research areas is indoor environmental quality, particularly control and mitigation of building occupants’ exposure to contaminants and allergen- and virus-carrier particles indoors. Dr. Salimifard has conducted research on aerosols dynamics and sensing; more specifically on particle transport, deposition, and resuspension, and aerosol sensing and size characterization. The most recent and emergent contributions of these research projects are in wildfire and COVID-19 exposure mitigation and control. Some of her recent projects focus on improving IAQ during wildfire events, and particularly focusing on schools, preschools, and daycares, as children are of the most vulnerable population to exposed to wildfire smoke.

Dr. Salimifard has also led the Co-benefits of Built Environment (CoBE) project, during her postdoctoral research at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, investigating the energy savings, emissions reductions, and health and climate co-benefits of improving the sustainability in the built environment. Currently, she is leading the CoBE team at Oregon State University, as a Co-PI of the CoBE project, and collaborating with other CoBE team members at Harvard and Boston University. The teams are working closely together to develop the next versions of CoBE tool and its various modules including co-benefits of specific climate policies, water savings co-benefits of built environment, energy conservation pathway optimization, and building-to-grid integration.

Her research projects have been funded by federal agencies and professional societies such as EPA, NIEHS’s OSU ASPIRE Center, and ASHRAE, as well as industry and foundations.

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