About Fatemeh Khalkhal


(415) 338-2839


Assistant Professor


Mechanical EngineeringCollege of Science and Engineering


Science Building (SCI)



At SF State Since:

2018 (as an assistant professor)


Dr. Khalkhal is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at SFSU. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (2012) and has served as a postdoc fellow at Yale University (2012-2013) and UC Berkeley (2014-2016). Her research is focused on extending the understanding of the physics of soft matter and the development of the structure-property relationship in complex fluids. Such studies are particularly critical in designing multi-functional materials and flow processes with applications in the biomedical, aerospace, and energy arena. She has developed several techniques to design more fuel-efficient lubricants for car engines and composites for the transportation industry, has optimized microfluidic devices for diagnostics, and has investigated flow instabilities in many industrial applications. She has also worked for Schlumberger Ltd. providing consulting services to oil companies for re-engineering their economic evaluation system, portfolio management, and risk analysis.

Other areas of research interest: engineering education including the formation of engineering identity and broadening participation, rheology, flow visualization, particle image velocimetry, microscopy, microfabrication, and computational modeling.