Arian Saffari, Viterbi School of Engineering, Environmental Engineering

2016 Recipients of the PhD Achievement Award

Arian Saffari, Viterbi School of Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Constantinos Sioutas

Arian Saffari is performing research on urban airborne particulate matter, under
supervision of Prof. Sioutas. He joined the Sonny Astani department as a Viterbi
fellow on August 2012, after completing his undergraduate studies in Chemical
Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran). Given the complexity
of airborne particles (especially nano-sized ones), Arian’s research employs a
combination of field studies, experiments and statistical modeling techniques to
identify the major sources/chemical components that drive their toxicity in urban
environments in hopes of developing scientific baselines for more targeted and
cost-effective air quality regulations in future. He completed his MSc in
Environmental Engineering at USC on August 2014 and is currently working on
completion of his PhD thesis by exploring the toxicity of airborne particles that is
specifically derived from different primary and secondary organic sources.

During the last 3 years at USC, Arian has performed studies on multiple urban
locations around the world and his research has resulted in 10 peer reviewed journal
publications in addition to multiple presentations at conferences. Besides his
focused research activities, as a member of USC’s aerosol lab, Arian enjoys
collaborating with several health scientists and research groups on
multi-disciplinary projects that aim to establish epidemiological and clinical data
regarding the multiple pathways through which airborne particles can affect the
human health and the environment. Born in Ahvaz, a heavily polluted city in
Southwest of Iran, Arian developed his passion of exploring environmental science
and engineering in his future career as a researcher from very early years of his
life.