Born in Yazd, a small historic city at the geographic center of Iran, Reza received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering and MSc in Applied Mechanics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and then served as a Postdoctoral associate (2008-2009) and Lecturer (2009-2011) at MIT. In July 2011 Reza joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.

PI: Mohammad-Reza Alam, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Ocean Engineering

Research Interests:

Theoretical Fluid Dynamics,

Ocean Renewable Energy,

Ocean and Coastal Waves Phenomena,

Dynamical Systems, Nonlinear dynamics,

Fluid Flow Control,

Applications: Ocean Renewable Energy, Greener ships, Deep Sea Mining, Climate Modeling

Positions Held:

American Bureau of Shipping Endowed Chair in Ocean Engineering, 2017-

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley, 2017-

Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, 2011-2017.

Lecturer, MIT, 2009-2011.


Postdoctoral Associate (2008-2009), MIT. Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2008, Dick Yue & Yuming Liu), MIT, Cambridge, MA. MSc in Mechanical Engineering (2005, George Haller), MIT, Cambridge, MA. Bsc (2001) & MSc in Applied Mechanics (2003, Ali Meghdari), Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
Current Students

PhD Students


Prashant Pujari

Master of Engineering Students

Undergrad Students

Gilberto Diaz

Said Eyyubov

Dante Hays


Post Doctoral Associates, PhD Students, Visiting Scholars

Farid Karimpour

Joel Tchoufag

Davood Younesian

Zhenyu Wang

Masters of Science

Alice Aubry

Sebastian Timmerberg

Alexandre Immas

Nikolaus Albert

Jan Mehnen

Simon Haupt

Marcus Ulmefors

Mathieu Damien Kretz

Christian Windt

Ben Wiest

Andreas Hofer

Stefan Messner

Soheil Esmaeilzadeh

Nithin Jose

Ashank Sinha

Masters of Engineering

Lou Sugin

Sahil Kudroli

Matt Zebiak

Kevin L. Eisenhauer

Sri Krishna Uppaluri

Yuenying Lo

Samanvay Mahata

Colin Mathieu


Umar Shaheed

Catherine Robbins


Jaden Fann

Jaden Fann

Jacob Lopez

Mohammad Dawood Junaid​

Andrew M. Kyong

Pedro Martinez

Vineet J. Nair

Julien Bloch

Glen Chou

Sri Krishna Uppaluri

Sean Thomas Luna

Lukas Bachnetzer

Devin Bisconer

Vatsal Patel

Eric Martin Sorenson

Allyson Yi Coble

Nils Thomas Wouters

Jackelyne Nguyen

Robert McKnight

Leo Brossolet


Jarrod Zenjiro Suda

Benjamin Zhang

Faraz Ghahani


Roshena Mcpherson

Lavanya Jawaharlal

Sheyda Demooei

Nathanan Tantivasadakarn

Justin Gau

Sebastien Nejadnik

Kerry Zhou

Keyvan Taghizadehasl

Mina Beshay

Taflab Genealogy Map (it goes back to ~ 13th century! Courtesy of Ahmad who used a Python package to get the info and then graphiz to plot this graph).
Disclaimer: This is just for fun, and absolutely for no other purpose. We do not believe in superiority based on ancestors, race, nationality, etc in any context. We, in fact, believe that it is the least successful and most insecure people who use things they have had no contribution to whatsoever (like race, nationality, gene, ancestors, etc) to label others inferior, and to make themselves falsely look superior. We take pride only in our scientific contributions achieved through hard work and rigorously conducted research