Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh
Interim Department Chair
Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh is a Professor and Interim Chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Coordinator of the Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering programs at CSULB.
Dr. Torabzadeh received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Abadan Institute of Technology in Iran and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Southern California. He taught and conducted research at USC for two years before joining CSULB in 1986. He has worked as a Reservoir Engineer with National Iranian Oil Company,as a Research Engineer for Chevron Oilfield Research Company, and as a Consultant for several national and international companies and government agencies.
Dr. Torabzadeh's teaching and research iterests include: thermodynamics, heat transfer, transport processes in porous media, hydrocarbon reservoir engineering and characterization, enhanced oil and gas recovery processes and thermal/fluid laboratory methods.
Dr. Torabzadeh has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and textbook chapters. He has been the principal and co-principal investigator of several research projects funded by the US Department of Energy, Southern California Gas Company, Chevron Petroleum Technology Co. A recognized expert in the field of enhanced oil and gas recovery, he has been a consultant, a lecturer, and an advisor to several national and international oil companies, research centers, and universities.
Dr. Torabzadeh is an active member of several professional and honor societies including: ASEE, SPE, SPWLA, SCA, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Epsilon Tau, and Pi Tau Sigma. He is the recipient of CSULB College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the TRW Excellence in Teaching Award, the Associated Engineering Student Body Distinguished Faculty Award, OCEC Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, SPE Distinguished Service Award, OCEC Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. He is a SPEI Distinguished Member, a Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, and a member of the Board of Directors of LASPE and LACES.