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Massoud Pirbazari

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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • 1972, Master's Degree, Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
  • 1969, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
  • 1964, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic
  • Doctoral Degree, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor


B.S. - 1964 - Tehran Polytechnic University
M.S. - 1969 - Michigan State University
M.S. - 1972 - Wayne State University
Ph.D. - 1980 - University of Michigan

Research Summary

Dr. Massoud (Mike) Pirbazari has worked in advanced technologies for solving water quality problems. He has worked extensively on membrane technologies and membrane bioreactor processes for water treatment, water reclamation and reuse. His research interests include membrane transport, membrane fouling; integrated biofilm and adsorption processes; advanced oxidation processes using free-radicals for the destruction of organic contaminants in water; and mathematical modeling, design and upscaling of bio-physico-chemical processes. His projects have been sponsored by the U.S.EPA, NSF, utilities, and industries. A recent NSF grant employs the microbial fuel cell concept for the removal of toxic metals and radionuclides from contaminated groundwater.


  • 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Symposium First prize
  • 2012 Provost's undergraduate research award First prize- innovative research
  • 2012 Provost's undergraduate research award Third prize
  • 2012 VSoE/WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2011 USC VSoE/ WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2011 USC Provost's Undergraduate Research student award
  • 2011 USC VSoE/ WiSE undergraduate research award
  • 2011 Provost's Undergraduate Research Program First Prize- Provost's undegraduate Symposium
  • 2010 USC Provost Undergraduate Research Fund Award
  • 2010 USC Annual Undergraduate Research Synposium First Award in Engineering and Physical Science category
  • 2010 USC VSoE - WISE / undergraduate research award
  • 2005 Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, USC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Lifelong Devoted Service
  • 1997 International Who is Who of Professionals
  • 1997 in recognition of services to the education of Pakistan, Islamabad Pakistan University Grants Commission Award
  • 1997 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Award
  • 1996 Department of Civil Engineering, USC Distinguished Teaching Award
  • 1993 School of Engineering, USC Distinguished Service Award
  • 1989 Phi Kappa Phi (All-University Honors Society)
  • 1988 Sigma Xi (Scientific Research)
  • 1987 Who is Who in America
  • 1981 American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award, First Place among Doctoral Dissertations
  • 1979 Annual Meeting of Micro-Beam Analysis Society First Place Presentation Award
  • 1975 University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Scholarship Award
  • 1974 University of Michigan USFWQA Fellowship Award
  • 1973 Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering)
  • 1973 University of Michigan USEPA Fellowship Award
  • 1971 Wayne State University USEPA Fellowship Award
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  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • KAP 260
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0592
  • pirbazar@usc.edu


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