Shafigh Mehraeen

University of Illinois at Chicago

Shafigh Mehraeen attended University of Tehran, Iran, where he majored in computational mechanics (highest honor). He then entered University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his MSc degree in computational mechanics with highest honor. He then attended Stanford University, where he studied polymer physics and protein self-assembly with Professor Andrew Spakowitz and was co-advised by Professor Eric Shaqfeh, and graduated with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. His postdoctoral work on probing energy loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics at the Georgia Institute of Technology was under the direction of Professor Jean-Luc Bredas in Chemistry. He then moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his research work on directed self-assembly of sub-10 nm particles on patterned substrates with single particle resolution, supported by MIT-SUTD fellowship, under supervision of Professor Jianshu Cao in Chemistry. In 2016, Mehraeen joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering in University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor. Mehraeen has been the recipient of a number of awards for both scholarship and teaching, including the University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Teaching Award (2018), MIT Ascher Shapiro Award (2014) for excellence in educational prowess, and UCLA Harry M. Showman Prize (2004) for excellence in research. He has coauthored over 20 scientific publications, 2 books, and has given over 10 invited lectures. Mehraeen's research interests are in the theoretical and computational chemistry and materials science.