Massoud Pirbazari

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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education

  • 1972, Master's Degree, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
  • 1969, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
  • 1964, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic
  • Doctoral Degree, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Biography


B.S. - 1964 - Tehran Polytechnic University (Amir kabir University)
M.S. - 1969 - Michigan State University
M.S. - 1972 - Wayne State University
Ph.D. - 1980 - University of Michigan

Research Summary


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Dr. Massoud (Mike) Pirbazari has worked in advanced technologies for solving water quality problems. He has worked extensively on membrane technologies and membrane bioreactor processes for water treatment, water reclamation and reuse. He has conducted advanced research in two major areas: i) Integrated plant-sediment and microbial fuel cell technology for water reclamation and energy generation, and ii) Synthesizing foul-resistant polymeric membranes for water reclamation and reuse. His research efforts include membrane transport; membrane fouling; integrated biofilm and adsorption processes; advanced oxidation processes using free-radicals for the destruction of organic contaminants in water; and mathematical modeling, design and up-scaling of bio-physico-chemical processes in water treatment. His projects have been sponsored by the U.S.EPA, NSF, utilities, and industries. A recent NSF grant employs the microbial fuel cell concept for the removal of toxic metals and radionuclides from contaminated groundwater.

Awards


  • 2019 US Patent Office Patent award: US Patent No. 10456754
  • 2018 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 1st prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 2015 Annual HENAAC Conference (great minds in STEM) 1st prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 2014 Annual Air and Waste management Conference for research 3rd prize winner, undergraduate poster presentation
  • 2014 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 1st prize Global Policy Award, USC Schwarzeneggar Institute
  • 2013 US Patent Office Patent award: US Patent No. 8,41, 037 B2
  • 2013 the National Society of Black Engineers Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2013 Provost's Undegraduate Research Program 2nd prize Global Policy sward, USC Schwarzenegger Institute
  • 2013 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 1st prize Most Innovative Research USC Stevens Center
  • 2013 Provost's Undegraduate Research Program 1st prize award Undergraduate research symposium
  • 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Symposium First prize
  • 2012 Provost's undergraduate research award First prize- innovative research
  • 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program Third prize Provost's Undergraduate Symposium
  • 2012 Wise Undergraduate Research Program VSoE/WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2012 Provost's Undegraduate Research Program 1st prize award Provost's Undergraduate
  • 2011 USC Provost's Undergraduate Research student award
  • 2011 USC VSoE/ WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2011 USC VSoE/ WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2011 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program First Prize- Provost's undegraduate Symposium
  • 2011 Wise Undergraduate Research Program 1st prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 2010 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 1st prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 2010 USC Provost Undergraduate Research Fund Award
  • 2010 USC Annual Undergraduate Research Synposium First Award in Engineering and Physical Science category
  • 2010 USC VSoE - WISE / undergraduate research award
  • 2005 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, USC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Lifelong Devoted Service
  • 2004 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 3rd prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 2003 US Patent Office Patent award: US Patent No. 6, 632,659 B1
  • 2002 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program 2nd prize award in undergraduate engineering research category
  • 1997 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Award
  • 1997 in recognition of services to the education of Pakistan, Islamabad Pakistan University Grants Commission Award
  • 1997 Pakistani Government under the auspices US State Department Quadi-i-Azam Award,
  • 1997 Government of Pakistan Pakistan University Grants Commission Award
  • 1997 International Who is Who of Professionals
  • 1996 US Patent Office Patent award: US Patent No.5505839
  • 1996 Department of Civil Engineering, USC Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1993 School of Engineering, USC Distinguished Service Award
  • 1993 American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ARA) Elected as ARA member
  • 1990 US Patent Office Patent award: US Patent No.4956093
  • 1989 Phi Kappa Phi (All-University Honors Society)
  • 1988 Sigma Xi (Scientific Research)
  • 1987 Who is Who in America
  • 1985 The New York Academy of Aciences Elected an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 1981 American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award, First Place among Doctoral Dissertations
  • 1979 Annual Meeting of Micro-Beam Analysis Society First Place Presentation Award
  • 1975 University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Scholarship Award
  • 1974 University of Michigan USFWQA Fellowship Award
  • 1973 University of Michigan USEPA Fellowship Award
  • 1973 Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering)
  • 1971 Wayne State University USEPA Fellowship Award
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Appointments
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office
  • KAP 260
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0592
  • pirbazar@usc.edu

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