Ali Seiphoori


Education & Professional Positions
Postdoc researcher,(Sept 2016-pres.) University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Postdoc researcher/affiliate, (Mar 2015-pres.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
PhD, (2014), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
MSc, (2010), State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY), NY
MSc, (2008), Sharif University of Technology, Iran
BSc, (2006), Sharif University of Technology, Iran
Research Statement
I study experimental, theoretical and computational aspects of geomechanics in multiphysics, multiscale geoenvironmental systems. I apply this expertise to improve technologies for protection of the environment from geo-hazard and industrial damages. During my doctoral study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), I improved the understanding of the multiscale response of swelling clay barriers to Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical (THM) loading conditions applied in the disposal of radioactive and municipal wastes. In my postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I developed techniques for characterization of the shale’s pore structure and fracture properties. This work provides quantitative information to construct multiscale models for the flow and transport analysis in fractured sedimentary rocks. I have recently joined the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), where I am studying the particle aggregation and transport mechanisms within the porous media including geomaterials and in vivo. This Project is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), for a case study of the contaminated geomaterials at Ambler site in Pennsylvania.


Honors and Awards

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Early.postdoc Mobility award, 2015-2016
  • EPFL fellowship award for PhD studies, 2010-2014
  • State University of New York fellowship award for PhD studies at University at Buffalo, 2009-2014
  • Ranked 1st, Geotechnical Engineering program, University at Buffalo, 2009-2010