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Behnaz Rezaie, Ph.D., P.E.

Behnaz Rezaie, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Office

Engineering Physics 324E

Phone

208-885-1026

Mailing Address

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902
Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

  • Ph.D., University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada, 2013
  • M.S., University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada, 2009
  • M.S., LuleĆ„ University of Technology, Sweden, 2002
  • B.S., Iran University of Science and Technology, 1992

  • Clean Energy and Renewable Energy Technologies
  • District Heating & Cooling and Energy management in Buildings
  • Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Multiple TES
  • Energy, Exergy, and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Modeling and Simulation of Integrated Energy Systems
  • Sustainability and Green Design

Behnaz Rezaie received mechanical engineering degrees from Iran University of Science and Technology (B.S.) and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (M.S.) in Canada. She also obtained another degree in industrial management from Luleå University of Technology (M.S.) in Sweden. Rezaie received her doctorate (2013) in mechanical engineering from Clean Energy Research Lab at University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada. She proposed potential enhancement of district energy systems, developed a function to evaluate environmental and economic aspects of alternative energy technology for a district energy system by considering taxation and incentives, examined energy managements of district energy systems integrated with thermal energy storages, proposed grid configuration of multiple thermal energy storages, modeled and analyzed integrated district energy systems with multiple thermal energy storages to increase energy efficiency, developed a method to find right number of thermal energy storages for a district energy system, designed different scenarios of alternative energy technology for various buildings (residential, commercial and institutional). Prior to joining U of I, she was a lecturer and researcher as at University of Ontario Institute of Technology She also was a research associate at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario where she worked on integrated renewable energy technologies for net zero energy community in London, Ontario, Canada. Rezaie also has extensive industrial experience in automotive industry in roles of quality assurance laboratories manager, quality engineer, manufacturing engineer, R&D engineer, and production manager; she has managed/developed/accredited six industrial quality assurance laboratories. She also launched several automotive projects for automakers like Toyota, Mazda and Chrysler. She managed industrial projects on time and budget. She is director in Professional Engineers of Ontario Chapter Executive (Lake Ontario Chapter).

Journals

  • Anderson, A., Rezaie, B., 2019, Geothermal technology: Trends and potential role in a sustainable future, Applied Energy, 248: 18-34.
  • Jaha, B., Das, B., Rezaie, B., 2019, Significant factors for enhancing the life cycle assessment of photovoltaic thermal air collector, Energy Equipment and Systems, 7(2), 157–197.
  • Compton, M., Rezaie, B., 2018, Investigating Steam Turbine Feasibility to Improve the Sustainability of a Biomass Boiler using TRNSYS, Sustainable Cities and Society, 43: 86-94.
  • Ahmadi, P., Rezaie, B., 2018, Work Availability and Exergy Analysis, Entropy, 20 (8): 1-5.
  • Lake, A., Rezaie, B., 2018, Energy and Exergy Efficiencies Assessment for a Stratified Cold Thermal Energy Storage, Applied Energy, 220, 605–615.
  • Compton, M., Rezaie, B., Rosen M.A., 2018, Exergy Approach for Advancing Sustainability of a Biomass Boiler, International Journal of Exergy, 27 (1): 62-80.
  • Compton, M., Willis, S., Rezaie, B.,Humes, K., 2018, Food Processing Industry Energy and Water Consumption in the Pacific Northwest, Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, 47, 371–383.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2018, Exergy Assessment of a Solar-Assisted District Energy System, The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal 11(1):30-43.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2017, Assessment of the Thermal Energy Storage in Friedrichshafen District Energy Systems, Energy Procedia, 116, 91-105.
  • Lake, A., Rezaie, B., Beyerlein, S., Use of Exergy Analysis to Quantify the Effect of Lithium Bromide Concentration in an Absorption Chiller, Entropy, 19 (4), 156.
  • Compton, M., Rezaie, B., 2017, Enviro-exergy sustainability analysis of boiler evolution in district energy system, Energy, 119, 257-265.
  • Lake, A., Rezaie, B., Beyerlein, S., 2017, Review of district heating and cooling systems for a sustainable future, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 67: 417–425.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2017, Thermodynamic optimization in the design of sensible thermal energy storages, International Journal of Energy Research, 41 (1), 39-48.
  • Rezaie, B., Javan, S., Mohammadi, V., Ahmadi, P., 2016, Performance Assessment and Optimization of a Combined Cooling, Heating and Power (CCHP) System for Residential Application using Low Grade Heat of an Internal Combustion Engine, Current Alternative Energy 1, 1-19.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2015, Exergy analysis of thermal energy storage in a district energy application, Renewable Energy,74: 848-854.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2015, Configurations for Multiple Thermal Energy Storages in Thermal Networks, International Journal of Process Systems Engineering, 3(1/2/3): 191-205.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2014, Energy Analysis of Thermal Energy Storages with Grid Configurations, Applied Energy,117:54-61.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV. Rosen, MA., 2014, An Enviro-Economic Function for Assessing Energy Resources for District Energy Systems, Energy, 70: 159-164.
  • Rezaie, B., Esmailzadeh, E., Dincer, I., 2013, Energy options for residential buildings assessment, Energy Conversion and Management 65: 637-646.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV., Rosen, MA., 2013, Assessment of the utilization of thermal energy storage in district energy systems, International Journal of Energy, Environment, and Economics, 20 (5): 395-414
  • Rezaie, B., Rosen, M.A., 2012. District heating and cooling: Review of technology and potential enhancements. Applied Energy, 93:2-10. (Highly Cited Paper, Award by Applied Energy)
  • Rezaie, B., Esmailzadeh, E., Dincer, I., 2011, Renewable energy options for buildings: Case studies, Energy and Building 43:56-65.

Book Chapters

  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV., Rosen, MA., Environmental and Economical Assessment of District Energy for Two Resource Options in Canada: Geothermal and Solar Thermal. In: Focus on Renewable Energy Sources, Rosen MA, editor. USA: NOVA Publisher; 2018.
  • Rezaie, B., Dincer, I., Esmailzadeh, E., Evaluation of Sustainable Energy Options for Non-residential Buildings. In: Progress in Sustainable Energy Technologies Vol II, editors: Dincer, Ibrahim, Midilli, Adnan, Kucuk, Haydar. USA: Springer; pp 11-34, 2014.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV., Rosen, MA., Thermodynamic Assessment of Seasonal Stratified Thermal Storage. In: Progress in Sustainable Energy Technologies Generating Renewable Energy, editors: Dincer, Ibrahim, Midilli, Adnan, Kucuk, Haydar. USA: Springer; pp. 245-261, 2014.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, BV., Rosen, MA., Role of Thermal Energy Storage in District Energy Systems. In: Energy Storage, Rosen MA, editor. USA: NOVA Publisher; 2011.

Conferences

  • Young, T., Rezaie, B., 2018, Sustainable Approach for Cooling Towers Filtration, 7th GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WARMING (GCGW-2018) June 24-28, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Rezaie, B., Compton, M., Prince, J., Vogel, L., 2018, Sustainable Energy Options for District Energy of University of Idaho, 7th GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WARMING (GCGW-2018) June 24-28, Izmir, Turkey.
  • Young, T., Rezaie, B., 2018, Sustainable Filtration Options for Cooling Towers, Energy Campus, March 5-9, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • Compton, M., Prince, J., Vogel, L., Rezaie, B., 2018, Feasibility Study for a Waste to Energy Plant at University of Idaho, Energy Campus, March 5-9, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • B. Das, B. Rezaie, P. Jha, and R. Gupta, "Performance analysis of single glazed solar PVT air collector in the climatic condition NE India: An analytical study," in Proc. of the 4th Int. Electron. Conf. on Entropy and its Applications, Sciforum Electron. Conf. Series, Vol. 4, 2017.
  • M. Compton, B. Rezaie, "Sustainability enhancement of a biomass boiler through exergy analysis," in Proc. of the 4th Int. Electron. Conf. on Entropy and its Applications, Sciforum Electron. Conf. Series, Vol. 4, 2017.
  • Westcott, J., Caudle, J., Rezaie, B., 2017, Energy Saving Recommendations for US Northwest Industries, Proceeding of ECOS 2017 - The 30th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of the Energy Systems July 2-6, San Diego, California, USA. (Undergrad Student Research)
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2016. ASSESSMENT OF THE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE IN FRIEDRICHSHAFEN DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS, 15th International Symposium on District Heating & Cooling (DHC2016), Sep 4-7, Seoul, Korea.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2016. Enviro-Economic comparison of district energy systems using natural gas and waste energy resources: Case study. Proc. eSim 2016: Building Simulation Conference, May 3 - 6, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2013, Economic and CO2 Emissions Comparison of District Energy Systems using Geothermal and Solar Energy Resources, 3rd World Sustainability Forum, November 1-30.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2013, Configurations for Multiple Thermal Energy Storages in Thermal Networks, IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE’13), August 28-30, Oshawa, Canada.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2012 “EFFECT OF THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE IN DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS”, 11th International Conference on Sustainable Energy technologies (SET-2012), September 2-5, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2012, Exergy Assessment of the Use of Thermal Storage in a District Energy System: Case Study, 12th International Conference on Energy Storage (InnoStock 2012), May 14-16, Lleida, Spain.
  • Rezaie, B., Reddy, B.V., Rosen, M.A., 2012. Seasonal Stratified Thermal Energy Storage Exergy Analysis. Proc. eSim 2012: Building Simulation Conference, May 1- 4, Halifax, NS, Canada.
  • Rezaie, B., Rosen, M.A., 2010. District heating and cooling: Review of technology and potential enhancement” THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL GREEN ENERGY CONFERENCE (IGEC-V), June 1-3, Waterloo, Canada.
  • Rezaie, B., Esmailzadeh, E., Dincer, I., 2010, “Analysis of alternative energy options for buildings” 5th International Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition (IEESE-5), June 27-30, Denizli, Turkey.
  • Rezaie, B., 2007, “Ratio of Circular Fins Heat Transfer to Straight Fins” 21st Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, (CANCAM 2007) June 3-7, Toronto, Canada.

  • Energy management for an energy sustainable community (Net-Zero Buildings)
  • Assessment of District Energy Systems Performance Integrated with Multiple Thermal Energy Storages
  • Comparison of Various Energy Option in a District Energy System
  • Analysis of Friedrichshafen District Energy Systems
  • Analysis of Alternative Energy Options for Buildings
  • Analysis of Radiation Heat Flux in Direct Fired Heaters

  • “Highly Cited Review Paper 2012 to 2013” Award by Applied Energy journal of Elsevier
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology Dean’s Scholarship (2009-2013)
  • Graduate Study Scholarship in University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2009-2013)

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Engineering Physics Building Rm. 324K

Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031

Email: medept@uidaho.edu