PI: Dr. Amin Mirkouei


Amin Mirkouei, Ph.D., P.E. 

Professor and Lab Director (Latest CV)

Assistant Professor, Industrial Technology and Technology Management

Affiliated Faculty, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Environmental Science, Water Resources, and Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

Fred H. Tingey Administration Building, Suite 312, 1776 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, USA | (208) 757-5420 | amirkouei(at)uidaho(dot)edu


Professional Experience

Academic and Leadership Appointments

  • 2017-Present Assistant Professor, RSML Lab Director, Environmental/Health/Safety (EHS) Committee Head, University of Idaho (UI), Idaho Falls, ID
  • 2016-17 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Southern University (GSU), Statesboro, GA
  • 2014-16 Instructor, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, OR
  • 2012-16 Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, OSU, Corvallis, OR

Non-Academic Positions

  • 2021-Present Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Renewable Nutrient Solutions LLC
  • 2021-Present Sustainability Contributor, Forbes
  • 2014 (Summer) Researcher, Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, Corvallis, OR


Areas of Specialization

  • Technology Development: thermochemical (fast and slow pyrolysis) process, water treatment process for removing oversupply nutrients (phosphorus and ammonia), and agromining process for e-waste recycling and rare earth elements recovery
  • Product Development: bio-oil, biochar, and green chemicals (furfural)
  • Sustainability Assessment: life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic assessment (TEA)
  • Biofuels Conversion Processes and Modeling: thermochemical, electrochemical, and ultrasonic cavitation
  • Smart Design and Manufacturing: cyber-physical monitoring, control, and optimization
  • Operations Research and Management: logistics and supply chain optimization



Honors and Awards

  • 2020 award to attend 7th Int’l Forum on Sustainable Manufacturing, Lexington, KY
  • 2017 Paper Review Coordinator Appreciation, ASME IDETC/CIE: 22nd, DFMLC, Ohio
  • 2017 Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier
  • 2017 Blue Shaft Professor Award (3rd Place) at GSU
  • 2016 Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Applied Energy, Elsevier
  • 2016 Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Scholar Award from ASME Conference
  • 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Student Travel Award for IISE Conference
  • 2016 NSF Honorarium, To Develop a Sustainable Additive Manufacturing Educational Module
  • 2016 Industrial Engineering Graduate Research Expo Award, College of Eng., OSU
  • 2015 Industrial Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, OSU
  • 2015 NSF Student Travel Award for ASME/MSEC Conference
  • 2014 International Program, Student Scholarship, OSU



Professional Services

Federal Agency Grant Proposals Reviewed for

  • 2022 Review Panelist for USDA-NIFA
  • 2021 Review Panelist for NSF, CISE/OAC
  • 2020 Review Panelist for NSF, CISE/OAC
  • 2020 Review Panelist for USDA-NIFA

University of Idaho and Center for Advanced Energy Studies
  • 2022 UI Assistant Professor of Energy and Environment, Search Committee Member
  • 2021/22 UI Sustainability Working Group Member
  • 2021/22 UI Dean of College of Engineering, Search Committee Member
  • 2021 UI NEIM Department, 3rd year P&T Review Committee Member
  • 2020 UI Chair of NEIM Department, Search Committee Member
  • 2020 UI Energy and Industrial Ecology, Search Committee Member
  • 2018/Present UI-Idaho Falls, Safety Committee Head
  • 2018/Present UI Financial Aid Committee Member
  • 2019 UI Industrial Technology Program, Director Search Committee Member
  • 2019 UI-Idaho Falls and CAES Lab Supervisor, Search Committee Member
  • 2017 UI Industrial Technology Faculty and Instructor, Search Committee Member
  • 2017 UI Industrial Technology ATMAE Accreditation, Report Development Member

Journals Editorships Held

Books Reviewed for

  • 2020 Elsevier - book proposal on renewable diesel production
  • 2019 Taylor & Francis, CRS - book proposal on Industrial and Systems Engineering

Journals Reviewed for

  • 2019-Present Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery
  • 2019-Present Canadian Journal of Forest Research
  • 2018-Present Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy
  • 2018-Present Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, ASME
  • 2017-Present Journal of Manufacturing Processes, SME
  • 2017-Present Journal of Applied Energy (IF 8.8)
  • 2017-Present Journal of Allied Academies Journals
  • 2017-Present Journal of BioResources
  • 2017-Present Frontiers
  • 2017-Present Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF 12.1)
  • 2017-Present Sustainability Journal, MDPI (IF 2.5)
  • 2016-Present Journal of Manufacturing Systems, SME
  • 2015-Present Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 6.5)

Conference Organization for

  • 2022 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design of Energy and Thermal Systems Symposium, ASME IDETC/CIE, 27th DFMLC
  • 2021 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design of Energy and Thermal Systems Symposium, ASME IDETC/CIE, 26th DFMLC
  • 2020 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design of Energy and Thermal Systems Symposium, ASME IDETC/CIE, 25th DFMLC
  • 2019 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design and Analysis of Energy Storage and Conversion Systems Symposium, ASME IDETC/CIE, 24th DFMLC
  • 2018 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design of Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Symposium, ASME 2018 IDETC/CIE, 23rd DFMLC
  • 2018 (Organizer & Session Chair) Design of Sustainable and Alternative Energy Systems Symposium, ASME 2018 IDETC/CIE, 23rd DFMLC
  • 2017 (Co-organizer & Session Co-Chair) Design of Sustainable Energy Systems Symposium, ASME 2017 IDETC/CIE, 22nd DFMLC
  • 2016 Session Chair, 2016 IISE, Anaheim, CA

Proceedings/Abstracts Reviewed for

  • 2016-Present ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE)
  • 2016-2018 IIE Industrial Engineering Research Conference
  • 2016-2017 ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • 2015-2017 SME North American Research Conference

Georgia Southern University

  • 2016-17 Course Development Member: Department of Mechanical Engineering, GSU

Oregon State University

  • 2015 Fee Board Member: Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI), OSU
  • 2015 School of Mech./Indus./Mfg. Eng. Steward: Coalition of Graduate Employees

Other Services

  • 2019 “Made Here Expo” by Southwest Idaho Manufacturers' Alliance (SWIMA) in Nampa, ID



Professional Affiliations and Honorary Societies

  • 2016-Present Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • 2015-Present Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
  • 2015-Present American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • 2016-17 Affiliate Faculty Member of the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education at GSU
  • 2015-16 Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) at OSU
  • 2013-16 Coalition of Graduate Employees at OSU




  • 2016 Ph.D., Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, USA (Minor in Business Administration)
  • 2011 M.Sc., Industrial Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2009 B.Sc., Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Azad University, Iran


Certificates and Licenses

  • 2018-Present Professional Engineer License, Board of Licensure of PE and PLS, Boise, ID (No. 18074)
  • 2010 Project Management Certificate, Mehrvarzan e Danesh, Tehran, Iran


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