Parichehr Salimifard

Research Fellow

Department of Environmental Health

Dr. Parichehr Salimifard is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Harvard Healthy Buildings program.

Parichehr’s research interests fit under the umbrella of built environment with crossovers to fluid dynamics, aerosol science, energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental health, and statistics.

In her postdoctoral research, Parichehr has been focused on Co-benefits of Built Environment (CoBE), investigating the energy savings, emissions reductions, and health and climate co-benefits of improving the sustainability in built environment. Currently, she is leading the development of the next versions of Harvard CoBE tool and its various modules including co-benefits of specific climate policies, water savings co-benefits of built environment, energy conservation pathway optimization, and building-to-grid integration.

Parichehr’s doctoral research was focused on aerosols dynamics and sensing; more specifically on particle transport, deposition, and resuspension, and aerosol sensing and size characterization. During her M.Sc., she worked on building energy modeling which involved part-load energy modeling of building subsystems and investigating the trade-offs between the energy conservation measures installation and indoor air quality.

Parichehr holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on fluid mechanics and heat transfer from Persian Gulf University, Iran. She earned her M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option with minor in Computational Science in 2014 at Penn State University, where she also earned her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering – Mechanical Option in 2018.