Prof. Homayoon Abtahi
BME, University of Minnesota; MS, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT.
Dr. Abtahi is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. He has been working in solar energy as a teacher, inventor, developer and businessman for over 40 years. At FAU he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Solar Energy Engineering, Heat Transfer, Thermal Systems, Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Engineering Design. He serves as a consultant to the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), University of South Florida (Tampa) and Dr. Yogi Goswami, an internationally renowned solar energy expert at CERC (Clean Energy Research Center). Abtahi is also Director of the Solar and Fuel Cell Laboratory at Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Abtahi was one of the developers of the MIT solar module licensed to Chevron. Later, he worked at the MIT Energy Laboratory before taking the position at FAU. There he started as CEO of Geo Solar Energy, one of the first companies to install photovoltaic panels over 25 years ago. Geo Solar has designed and installed over 500 PV and solar thermal projects in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and Bangladesh.
A Registered Professional Engineer (No. 35453) in the State of Florida, Abtahi also holds a LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council helping building owners and operators be environmentally responsible. He is a State Certified Solar Contractor in the State of Florida and holds solar related certifications in numerous countries including Estidama Certification (equivalent to LEED) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. He holds memberships in numerous engineering societies including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Society Of Heating Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as the faculty Advisor, and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Abtahi won the Florida Governor’s Award in the state’s low-cost solar panel competition.