Affiliated Department or Office
PhD Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1984
MS Mechanical Engineering University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1981
BS Mechanical Engineering Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 1978


I enjoy teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching is very rewarding, and it allows me to interact with the students. My teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, liquid/vapor phase change, thermodynamics, and design of thermal systems.

I am very active in research. My research has been actively supported by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, SBA, ASHRAE and various companies. My research laboratory is entitled, "Enhancement of Heat Transfer and Phase-Change in Large and Small Scales." My theoretical, numerical, and experimental research activities are in the following areas:

  • Enhancement of Heat Transfer and Mass Transport with Electrohydrodynamics in Macro, Micro-, and Nano- Scales (Single-Phase and Two-Phase) in the presence and absence of gravity,
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Porous Media,
  • Transport Characteristics of Fluids with Micro-Encapsulated Phase Change Materials,
  • Augmentation of Heat and Mass Transfer with Innovative Impinging Jets (with and without chemical reaction).

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Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Scholarly Work

Professor Yagoobi publishes theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies in areas including the enhancement of heat transfer and mass transport with electrohydrodynamics, heat and mass transfer in porous media (drying); transport characteristics of fluids with micro-encapsulated phase change materials, and augmentation of heat and mass transfer with novel jet reattachment nozzles.

Professional Highlights & Honors







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WPI Contributions to Space Travel

Jamal Yagoobi, head of the Mechanical Engineering department, is featured in a segment discussing research on a cooling system that will be placed on the International Space Station.
WPI Prof's Cooling Technology Could Aid Space Travel

The Telegram & Gazette profiled research by Jamal Yagoobi, department head and professor of mechanical engineering. “When you try to do something in space, the design aspect is so critical,” Yagoobi said. This new method to cool spacecraft on long missions may one day play a crucial role in NASA’s quest to send astronauts to Mars and other deep-space destinations.