Welcome! Sima Asadi joins the faculty in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)

Sima Asadi

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to introduce Sima Asadi, who joins the faculty as Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Asadi is an expert in the field of infectious disease transmission who uses a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches to understand airborne pathogen transport and develop medical technologies to mitigate the spread of the diseases.

“Professor Asadi’s research uses fundamental transport concepts from chemical engineering to explain and quantify the production of aerosols important to airborne disease transport,” said William Schneider, Dorini Family Chair in Energy Studies and department chair.

“Her research will point the way towards more effective strategies that protect us all from airborne pathogens.”

Asadi’s work in understanding the role played by ‘speech superemitters’ in the transmission and escalation of infectious disease (‘superspreading’ events) has been particularly influential.

She is the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface (BWF CASI) and the Zuhair A. Munir Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation.  

Asadi completed her research training as a postdoctoral associate and then fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after receiving a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Davis.

— Karla Cruise, Notre Dame Engineering