Keivan Esfarjani, an MAE associate professor, accepted a courtesy appointment in the Materials Science and Engineering department. He will be joining Professor Patrick Hopkins, who was appointed last year.

Professor Esfarjani studied at the Ecole Centrale de Paris and University of Paris VII. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, followed by a postdoc at Washington University. Esfarjani then taught at the Institute for Materials Research of the Tohoku University in Japan. At UVA, he focuses on the fields of cooling, energy conversion and heat management, developing computer codes and novel methodologies to perform and analyze those specific calculations.

A key initiative of UVA Engineering is a focus on cross-disciplinary research. The goal of the Materials Science and Engineering department is to study the arrangement of materials' structures on a very fine scale, in turn producing materials that benefit society. The department continually strives to expand its core strengths and to work across disciplines to address complex challenges, from more efficient jet engines to new electronic materials that extend the limits of Moore's law.