Azar Eslam-Panah
Azar Eslam-Panah
Assistant Professor, Penn State University

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I am an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. I completed my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Iowa on flow structures on flapping wings. Dr. James Buchholz at UIowa helped me understand how birds fly and how we as engineers can design a robot to fly like birds. I love fluid mechanics and I am fascinated by the mechanics of flying birds. My research vision is to identify key biological questions about flying organisms that are most likely to provide answers, understand natural locomotion in fluids, and design novel unmanned vehicles. I also game to investigate an interesting question in fluid mechanics, especially if I can enforce my undergraduate students to sleuth around and wonder with me.
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Latest Questions
  • Isabelle Giacoma asked Azar Eslam-Panah, Penn State University

    Added Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    I have 3 more semesters until i go onto a graduate program. But it dawned on me that i dont know what type of engineer i want to be. Im pursuing a Mech. Engin. Technology undergraduate major and then a Technology Masters, both at Kent State. I have a passion for working with my hands and creating things amd watching them come to life. I love dragons and creatures that fly. I have been applying for NASA internships since last year but i still dont know what i can do. Can you help??
    Related to Engineering Branches, Graduate School, Mechanical, Unique Challenges
    Answers 1
    Azar Eslam-Panah, Penn State University
    Answered Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 2:48 PM
    Dear Isabelle,
    Thank you for the great question but I might not have a great answer for you! It really depends on your future career and the market. Mechanical Engineering is very broad and it covers most of the engineering concepts. However, if you ...
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