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Dr Maria Parsa (Published name: Maryam Parsa) holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering – Heat & Fluids from the University of Hormozgan, Iran and an MSc in Thermal Power and Fluids Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Manchester, UK. She also holds an MSc in Energy Conversion and Management (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, UK. Subsequently, she was employed as a doctoral researcher by the VEDECOM Institute, France to continue her studies for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the LAMIH Laboratory (UMR CNRS 8201), Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France, France. After working as a research engineer at the same university, in 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Doctoral Prize Research Fellowship by Loughborough University, UK. In August 2020, she was appointed to a lectureship at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering at Northumbria University.

Research interests

Maria’s research is multidisciplinary (i.e., engineering, materials, colloid and interface science, biology) focused on experimental investigation of phase-change heat transfer and fluid flows of pure and complex fluids (i.e., nanofluids, biofluids) at all scales for important technological applications such as printing, coating, thermal management, biomedical and nanotechnologies. Her main research actvities are: 

  • Evaporation driven self-assembly (e.g. Mechanisms of pattern formation from drying colloidal sessile droplets)
  • Phase-change heat transfer (e.g. Evaporation and condensation of droplets on surfaces)
  • Antibacterial coating

Further Information

Teaching responsibilites: 

Module KB3018: Foundational Engineering Approaches 1 - [Sep 2021 - present] Module leader 
Module KB4044: Thermodynamics [Sep 2022 - present]
Module KB5005: Fluid Systems [Sep 2020 - Sep 2022]
Module KB6000: Investigative Project [Sep 2020 - present]
Module KB6004: Sustainable Energy Systems [Sep 2020 - Sep 2021]
Module KB7030: Research Methods [Sep 2022 - present]
Module KB7052: Research Project [Sep 2020 - Sep 2022]
Module KB7065: Advance Practice [Sep 2021 - Sep 2022]

Administrative responsibilities:

Year Tutor (Deputy Programme Leader) in Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering (Level 4 - First Year BEng & MEng) - [Sep 2021 - Sep 2022]

Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member at Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering - [Sep 2020 - Present]

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert, Northumbria University

Award Date: 2 Mar 2022

Mechanical Engineering, PhD, Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France

Award Date: 11 Dec 2017

Mechanical Engineering, MSc, University of Manchester


Award Date: 29 Nov 2012

Energy Studies, MSc, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 16 Dec 2011

Mechanical Engineering, BSc, Hormozgan University

Award Date: 26 May 2009


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