Dr. Zahrasadat Alavi

Zahrasadat Alavi

Assistant Professor
Office: OCNL 319
Campus Zip: 888
Phone: (530) 898-4489
E-mail: zalavi@csuchico.edu

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Digital image processing and analysis, computed tomographic imaging,
FTIR micro-spectroscopic imaging, and advance control systems.

Fall 2017 Office Hours: 
Monday: 11 a.m.  - 11:50 a.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


PhD in Electrical Engineering                                                                                        May 2015

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering                                                                    Dec 2012

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Master of Science in Engineering                                                                                  May 2009

Amirkabir University of Technology

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering                                                                  August 2007

Amirkabir University of Technology


Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, California State University Chico, Chico, CA (August 2017- present)

Assistant Professor

Department of Industrial Technology, Electrical and Instrumentation Program, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA (July 2016- August 2017)

Adjunct Professor

Department of Computer Science, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA (January 2016-July 2016)

Adjunct Professor

Department of Engineering, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (January 2016-July 2016)

Engineering Content Developer

CENGAGE Learning, Boston, MA (September 2015-July 2016)


Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (January 2014-May 2015)

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (September 2010-December 2013)

Research and Grants


My research interests include different areas of digital image processing and analysis, computed tomographic imaging, and control systems, stability analysis and systems simulation.

 I have been involved in microscopic sample chemical and morphological identification employing image processing and analysis of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopic data. I have developed various analysis algorithms for 2D and 3D images, obtained from their hyperspectral data, as well as implemented reconstruction and visualization algorithms for the mentioned 3D chemical images.

In the field of control systems, I am interested in simulating advanced linear and nonlinear systems, and designing and implementing controllers such as adaptive and optimal controllers.


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Recent Publication

Journal papers

  • Ahmad Pahlavan Tafti, Andrew B Kirkpatrick, Zahrasadat Alavi, Heather A Owen , Zeyun Yu ,“Recent Advances in 3D SEM Surface Reconstruction”, Micron, volume 780, Page 54-66 (2015).
  • Miriam Unger, Catherine Schmidt Patterson, David Carson, Eric Mattson, Zahrasadet Alavi, Carol J Hirschmugl, “Synchrotron-based Multiple Beam FTIR Chemical Imaging in Transmission and Reflection for Applications in Cultural Heritage”, Applied Physics A: Volume 111, Issue 1 (2013), Page 135-145.
  • Eric C. Mattson, Miriam Unger, Binod Manandhar, Zahrasadat Alavi, Carol J. Hirschmugl, "Multi-beam synchrotron FTIR chemical imaging: Impacts of schwarzschild objective and spatial oversampling on spatial resolution". Journal of Physics: Conference Series, volume 425, Issue 14 (2013), 142001.

Book Chapters

  • Eric C Mattson, Miriam Unger, Julia Sedlmair, Michael Nasse, Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Zahrasadat Alavi, Carol J Hirschmugl, "Widefield FTIR 2D and 3D Imaging at the Microscale Using Synchrotron Radiation". In: R. Salzer, H. W. Siesler, editor. Infrared and Raman Spectroscopic Imaging. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2014. Chap.15. Pp. 585-618. 2nd ed.

Conference Papers

  • Fatemeh Mozaffari, Azam Eidi, Leila Mohamady, Zahrasadat Alavi, “Implementation of FMEA to Improve the Reliability of GEO Satellite Payload”, Proceedings of the IEEE 2013 Annual, Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Orlando, FL,USA, pp 1-6.
  • Zahra Sadat Alavi, Mohammad Bagher Menhaj, Hossein Eliasi, “Model Reference Adaptive Control of a Nuclear Reactor”, Proceedings of the IEEE 2009, International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, August 9-12, Changcun, China, pp 735-740.

Presentations/ Posters

  •  “Three-dimensional spectral imaging with synchrotron FTIR spectro-micro-tomography”, Workshop on high-pressure time-resolved synchrotron techniques, Argonne National lab, Sep 2014.
  • “Widefield FTIR spectro-microscopy and spectro–micro-tomography of phase-separated mixed polymers”, Advanced Light Source Users’ Meeting, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oct 2013.
  • “Removing instrumental broadening from Synchrotron and Globar phase-separated mixed polymers’ FTIR Spectroscopy images”, Synchrotron Radiation Center Users’ meeting, Stoughton, Wisconsin, Sep 2013.
  • “Deconvolution on Synchrotron and Globar phase-separated PHB-PLA and PHB-PCL polymer blend films”, Biological Applications of X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy Conference, Northwestern University, Aug 2013.

Awards and Affiliations

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor’s Award, Academic Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010-2013

Professional Activities

  • Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). (Since Dec. 2012)
  • College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, FORTE Program, a summer enrichment program for first-year engineering students.
  • College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, EnQuest Program, a motivating summer engineering camp for high school girls.