Parichehr Salimifard
Room 236
Owen Hall
Civil & Construction Engineering
Assistant Professor
Culbertson Faculty Scholar

Ph.D.,  Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option, Penn State
M.Sc., Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option with minor in Computational Science, Penn State
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Persian Gulf University


Dr. Parichehr Salimifard’s research interests fit under the umbrella of Sustainable & Healthy Buildings, with crossovers to fluid dynamics, aerosol science, energy efficiency, sustainability, and environmental health. 
One of Dr. Salimifard’s main research areas is indoor environmental quality, particularly control and mitigation of building occupants’ exposure to contaminants and allergen- and virus-carrier particles indoors. Dr. Salimifard has conducted research on aerosols dynamics and sensing; more specifically on particle transport, deposition, and resuspension, and aerosol sensing and size characterization. The most recent and emergent contributions of these research projects is in COVID-19 exposure mitigation and control.
Dr. Salimifard has led the Co-benefits of Built Environment (CoBE) project, during her postdoctoral research at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,  investigating the energy savings, emissions reductions, and health and climate co-benefits of improving the sustainability in the built environment. Currently, she is collaborating with Harvard Healthy Buildings team and leading the development of the next versions of CoBE tool and its various modules including co-benefits of specific climate policies, water savings co-benefits of built environment, energy conservation pathway optimization, and building-to-grid integration.
Dr. Salimifard has also worked on building energy modeling, and investigating the trade-offs between the energy conservation measures installation and indoor air quality.

•    NPR: Harvard Study Says Clean Electricity Will Prevent Premature Deaths
•    Huffington Post: Cleaner ‘Bridge’ Fuels Are Killing Up To 46,000 Americans Per Year, Study Shows
•    Chicago Tribune: As deaths from burning coal decline, natural gas now a leading hazard, study shows
•    Inside Climate News: Coal Phase-Down Has Lowered, Not Eliminated Health Risks From Building Energy, Study Says
•    E&E News: Deaths linked to soot from gas, biomass overtake coal
•    Fast Company: Natural gas and wood are replacing coal as the biggest pollutants
•    Drilled Podcast: New Study: The Health Impacts of the Coal-to-Gas Transition
•    C-CHANGE: Harvard Chan School study shows negative impacts of burning natural gas and biomass have surpassed coal generation in many states