Honors & Awards


  • ORISE Engineer Research and Development Center Fellowship, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (2019)
  • MathWorks Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Research, Center for Computational Engineering (CCE), MIT (2018)
  • Pappalardo Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2012-2013)
  • Graduate Assistantship Award, Stanford University (2012-2013)

Stanford Advisors


Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Inverse problem techniques, stochastic methods, and machine learning with application to
• Modeling of dynamical systems: statistical physics, geophysical flow, solid state physics
• Control of dynamical systems: autonomous systems control (soft robotics), semi autonomous systems control (vehicle safety)

All Publications


  • Application of deep learning to large scale riverine flow velocity estimation STOCHASTIC ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND RISK ASSESSMENT Forghani, M., Qian, Y., Lee, J., Farthing, M. W., Hesser, T., Kitanidis, P. K., Darve, E. F. 2021
  • Control of Uniflagellar Soft Robots at Low Reynolds Number Using Buckling Instability J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control Forghani, M., Huang, W., Jawed, K. 2021; 143 (6): 061004

    View details for DOI 10.1115/1.4049548

  • Phonon relaxation time reconstruction from transient thermal grating experiments and comparison with density functional theory predictions APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS Forghani, M., Hadjiconstantinou, N. G. 2019; 114 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.1063/1.5062846

    View details for Web of Science ID 000456263800024

  • Reconstruction of phonon relaxation times from systems featuring interfaces with unknown properties PHYSICAL REVIEW B Forghani, M., Hadjiconstantinou, N. G. 2018; 97 (19)
  • Reconstruction of the phonon relaxation times using solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation PHYSICAL REVIEW B Forghani, M., Hadjiconstantinou, N. G., Peraud, J. M. 2016; 94 (15)
  • Design of Driver-Assist Systems Under Probabilistic Safety Specifications Near Stop Signs IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Forghani, M., Mcnew, J. M., Hoehener, D., Del Vecchio, D. 2016; 13 (1): 43–53
  • Safety Control of a Class of Stochastic Order Preserving Systems with Application to Collision Avoidance near Stop Signs Forghani, M., McNew, J. M., Hoehener, D., Del Vecchio, D., IEEE IEEE. 2015: 507–14