Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Doctoral Fellowships
Each year, three doctoral fellowships are awarded by the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Among this year’s recipients is Arian Aghilinejad, a PhD student studying mechanical engineering in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The award honors students conducting innovative, interdisciplinary research and provides an annual stipend of $34,000. The USC Viterbi School of Engineering provides tuition coverage for the duration of the fellowship.
Arian Aghilinejad is studying the fluid physics involved in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases at Professor Niema Pahlevan’s Medical Flow Physics lab, located at the USC Michelson center for convergent bioscience. Arian’s research focus has been on the complex fluid dynamics inside the aorta–the main artery of the human body–specifically aiming to improve therapeutic strategies and surgical interventions for aortic dissection patients, a population with a high mortality rate and complex physiology. In his research, Aghilinejad has been collaborating closely with Dr. Gregory Magee, a vascular surgeon, and other clinical scientists at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.
Arian earned his bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology and his master’s degree from Washington State University, both in mechanical engineering. He has thus far authored 11 peer-reviewed articles.
For more about the award, see here.