Biography

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi is a professor in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering department at Christian Brothers University. He is involved with teaching, research and supervising industrial internship programs. Dr. Pourhashemi's primary teaching areas include process design, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, ChE thermodynamics, and the unit operations laboratory courses. He has authored several books and research publications in chemical engineering and related areas and has been involved with various packaging projects. He has a great passion for upgrading and developing new experiments for the undergraduate unit operations laboratory. His administrative experience includes serving as the department chair from 2011-2010.

Education

  • University of Maryland at College Park, PhD
  • Howard University, Wash. D.C., MS
  • Howard University, Wash. D.C., BS

Courses Taught

  • Process Design I & II (ChE425-426)

  • Senior Project I & II (ChE401-402)

  • Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (ChE327)

  • Heat Transfer (ChE324)

  • Fluid Mechanics (ChE323)

  • Junior Labs I & II (ChE325-326)

  • Intro. Chemical Engineering (ChE120)

Publications and Research Focus

  • Books:

    * Ali Pourhashemi, S. C. Deka and A. K. Haghi. Research Methods and Applications in
    Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Apple Academic Press, (2019)
    * N. Guarrtxena (Editor), Ali Pourhashemi, E. Gennady, A.K. Haghi (reviewers and advisory
    Board). Research Methodology in Physics and Chemistry of Surface s and Interfaces.
    Apple Academic Press, (2015).
    * Ali Pourhashemi, Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods, Apple
    Academic Press, (2014).
    * A. K. Haghi, Sabu Thomas, Ali Pourhashemi, Abbas Hamrang, and Ewa , Klodzinska.
    Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Applications,
    CRC Press, (2014).
    * Alfonso Jimenez and Ali Pourhashemi. Chemical Process in Liquid, and Solid Phase:
    Properties, Performance and Applications, CRC Press, (2014).
    * Ali Pourhashemi. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed
    Components, Apple Academic Press, (2014).

    Journals (selected)

    • S. Malasri, A. Pourhashemi, R. Moats, A. Herve, J. Ferris, A. Ray, R. Brown (May 18, 2015).
    “Effect of temperature on Drinking Water Bottles”. International Journal of Advanced
    Packaging Technology, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 147-157
    • S. Malasri, P. Tiapradit, S. Russell, P. Poonpurmsiri, C. Tarkarnviroj, A. Pourhashemi, R.
    Moats, B. Hudson (2015). “Insulation Effectiveness of Rice Hull”, International Journal of
    Advanced Packaging Technology, 3(1), 158-168.
    • Ali Pourhashemi and Siripong Malasri (2014). “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature
    Estimation,” International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, 2(1), 96-104.
    • S. Malasri, J. Aflaki, A. Pourhashemi, R. Moats, M. Harvey, P. Aung, K. Godwin, W. Siow, R.
    Jordan, J. Laney, N. Sampson, L. Garcia, and R. Stevens, (January 2013). “Effect of Water
    Content on Compressive Strength and Impact Properties of New Softwood Pallets,”
    International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp 1-10
    • Siripong Malasri, Mallory Harvey, Robert Moats, James Aflaki, Ali Pourhashemi, Griselda
    Matos Martinez, and Patrick Held (2013). “Effect of Wet-Dry Cycles on Compressive Strength
    and Impact Properties of New Softwood Pallets,” International Journal of Advanced
    Packaging Technology, 1(1), 15-21.
    • Siripong Malasri, Ali Pourhashemi, Ray Brown, Mallory Harvey, Robert Moats, Katie Godwin,
    Phyo Aung, and James Laney (2013). “Effect of Temperature on Static and Impact Properties
    f New Softwood Pallets,” International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, 1(1), 30-
    39.
    • Siripong Malasri, Ali Pourhashemi, Robert Moats, Mallory Harvey, Rebecca Wauford, David
    Guerrero, Patrick Held, Griselda Matos Martinez, Ebonee Malone, Christophere Nguyen,
    Matthew Ohlwein, Ike Griffith, and Frederique Worthy (2013). “Effect of Cushion Placed on
    Wooden Pallets,” International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, 1(1), 53-59.
    • S. Malasri, A. Pourhashemi, P. Aung, M. Harvey, and R. Moats, (November 2012). “Water
    Absorption of Wooden Pallets,” International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol.
    2, No. 9, pp 1-10 (Refereed).

    Conferences & Proceedings (selected)

    • A. Pourhashemi (2017). “Estimating the ChE seniors’ troubleshooting skills in process design
    course using the educational interactive computing models“, 2017-ASEE Summer School for
    the Chemical Engineering Faculty, North Carolina State University.
    • R. Russell, C. Hare, D. Gurrerero, M. Johnson, J. Vazquez, T. Dickenson, S. Malasri, R. Moats,
    and A. Pourhashemi (2016). “Insulation Effectiveness of Coconut Fiber”, Proceedings of
    PACKCON 2016 Conference, pp 29-33.
    • R. Russell, S. Malasri, P. Poonpurmsiri, C. Tarkarnviroj, P. Tiapradit, A. Pourhashemi, R.
    Moats, B. Hudson (Sept. 2, 2015). “Insulation Effectiveness Comparison of Rice Hull,
    Coconut Fiber and Crumb Rubber”, Proceedings of PACKCON 2015 Conference, pp 4-7.
    • Siripong Malasri, Phyo T. Aung, Ali Pourhashemi, Robert Moats, and Thomas J. Sullivan (Oct
    28-29 2013). “Mold & Wooden Pallets: A Preliminary Study,” Proceedings of the MAESC
    2013 Conference, Oxford, MS.
    • S. Malasri, A. Pourhashemi, R. Brown, M. Harvey, K. Godwin, P. Aung, J. Laney, and R.
    Moats, (November 2012). “Effect of High Temperature to Compressive Strength and Impact
    Acceleration of New Softwood Pallets,” Proceedings of the 2012 HPC, Fall Meeting, Memphis,
    TN.
    • Siripong Malasri, Ali Pourhashemi, Robert Moats, Mallory Harvey, and Phyo Aung, (May 1,
    2012). “Water Absorption of Wooden Pallets: A Preliminary Study,” Proceedings of the
    MAESC 2012 Conference, Memphis, TN.
    • Madhavan, K. and Ali Pourhashemi (2012). Use of Case Studies in Design Courses in
    Engineering”, Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC).
    • Malasri, S., Pourhashemi, A., Aung, P., Harvey, M., and Moats, R., (2012). “Water
    Absorption of Wooden Pallets,” International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol.
    2, No. 8, December, 2012.
    • Malasri, S., Pourhashemi, A., Brown, R., Harvey, M., Godwin, K., Aung, P., Laney, J., and
    Moats, R., (2012). “Effect of High Temperature to Compressive Strength and Impact
    Acceleration of New Softwood Pallets,” Proceedings of the 2012 HPC Fall Meeting, Memphis,
    TN, November 12, 2012.
    • Velasco, L., and Pourhashemi, A. (2011). “Energy Savings in a Thermal Oxidizer”, Mid-South
    Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC)
    • Aflaki, J., and Pourhashemi, A. (2011). ” Strain Gage Based Densitometer”, Mid-South
    Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC)
    • Cleaves, A., and Pourhashemi, A. (2011). “Soy Protein Isolate Production Increase”, Mid-
    South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference (MAESC).

Service and Community Engagement

  • Member of the Grade Appeal committee
  • Served as a member of the faculty Review committee
  • Served as a member of the library committee,
  • Member of the Chemical Engineering department advisory board
  • Member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)