Sheila Edalatpour, Ph.D.Sheila Edalatpour faculty photo

Libra Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The University of Maine
Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, Room 255
Orono, ME  04469-5711
(207) 581-2375;

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Utah, 2016

External Engagements:

  • Energy Auditor, National Iranian Gas Company, 2009 – 2011
  • Maintenance Planning Engineer, National Iranian Gas Company, 2007 – 2009

Teaching Areas: (More Information)

Thermodynamics I & II, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems

Research Areas: (More Information)

  • Near- and far-field radiative energy transfer
  • Computational heat transfer
  • Electromagnetic light scattering
  • High performance computing
  • Thermal energy transport at micro/nanoscale

Principal Sponsors:

  • University of Maine

Select Research / Collaboration Activities:

  • Near-field Thermal Radiation Spectroscopy
  • Large Scale Computations of Near-field Thermal Radiation in Complex Geometries
  • Designing Man-made Structures with Tailored Radiative Properties
  • Remote Sensing of Water Quality

Select Publications / Conference Presentations:

  • S. Edalatpour and M. Francoeur, “Near-field radiative heat transfer between arbitrarily-shaped objects and a surface,” Physical Review B 94, 045406, 2016.
  • S. Edalatpour, J. DeSutter and M. Francoeur, “Near-field thermal electromagnetic transport: An overview,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 178, 14-21, 2016.
  • S. Edalatpour, M. Čuma, T. Trueax, R. Backman, and M. Francoeur, “Convergence analysis of the thermal discrete dipole approximation,” Physical Review E 91, 063307, 2015.
  • S. Edalatpour and M. Francoeur, “The Thermal Discrete Dipole Approximation (T-DDA) for near-field radiative heat transfer simulations in three-dimensional arbitrary geometries,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 133, 364-373, 2014.
  • S. Edalatpour and M. Francoeur, “Size effect on the emissivity of thin films,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 118, 75-85, 2013.

Professional Activities / Memberships:

  • Co-Organizer, Radiative Heat Transfer in Energy Systems Topic, ASME 2017 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Bellevue, WA, USA, July 9-14, 2017.
  • Chair, Fundamentals of Radiative Transport Session, ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Phoenix, AZ, USA, November 11-17, 2016
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Thermal and Fluids Engineers (ASTFE)