Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh

Banafsheh Seyedaghazadeh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Fluid-Structure Interactions Research Laboratory




Science & Engineering 116C


2015University of Massachusetts AmherstPhD
2011University of Tabriz, IranMS
2007University of Tabriz, IranBS


  • Fluid Mechanics, MNE 332




Research awards

  • $ 508,936 awarded by The Office of Naval Research for Fluid-Structure Interactions in Highly Flexible Wings
  • $ 506,972 awarded by National Science Foundation for CAREER: Fluid-Structure-Surface Interactions of Flexible Bodies at the Air-Water
  • $ 19,976 awarded by National Renewable Energy Lab - U.S. Department Of Energy for 2021 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition: Fluid-Structure Interactions Study Of A Dual Turbine Platform Housing Vertical Axis Wind And Current Turbines
  • $ 475,715 awarded by Office of Naval Research for UMassD MUST I: Development of a Biomimetic Sensor with Augmented Sensitivity for Ocean Sensing Applications


Research interests

  • Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Flow-Induced Vibration
  • Experimental Fluid Dynamics
  • Vibrations
  • Renewable Energy

Select publications

  • B. Seyed-Aghazadeh, H. Samandari, and R. Abrisham Baf (2020).
    On the Dynamic Response of Flow-Induced Vibration of Nonlinear Structures
    Nonlinear Structures and Systems, 1, 91-94.
  • B. Seyed-Aghazadeh, Y. Modarres-Sadeghi (2019).
    The Effect of Boundary Conditions on Vortex-Induced Vibration of a Fully Submerged Flexible Cylinder
    Experiments in Fluids, 60, 38.
  • B. Benner, B. Seyed-Aghazadeh, D. Carlson, Y. Modarres-Sadeghi (2019).
    Vortex-Induced Vibration of an Airfoil Used in Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines at Various Angles of Attack
    Journal of Fluids and Structures

Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh is an assistant professor at the Mechanical Engineering department and the director of “Laboratory for Fluid-Structure Interactions Studies (FSI Lab)” at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Before joining UMassD, was the James R. Myers Endowed assistant professor at Miami University. Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh is a proud UMass Alumna. She received her PhD from University of Massachusetts Amherst; her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from University of Tabriz, Iran, in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh research focuses on Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI), which combines fluid dynamics research with ideas on advanced nonlinear dynamics.

FSI has significant implications for a number of physical systems, from aeolian harps to power transmission lines, towing cables, undersea pipelines, drilling risers and mooring lines used to stabilize offshore floating platforms. At FSI lab, Dr. Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh research group works on designing flow-induced vibration-based energy harvesters from external sources available in the environment, such as wind or marine currents. Her research group also works on investigating potentials of combining fundamentals of flow-induced vibration with machine learning algorithms, to lay the foundation for future research projects in the area of biomimetic fluidic sensor design with applications in ocean sensing. Such projects can directly advance the UMass Dartmouth’s role in building the blue economy through initiation of innovative and collaborative research projects at SouthCoast of Massachusetts.

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