Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Zahrasadat Alavi

Dr. 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.

  • Education

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Electrical Engineering                                                  PhD.,2015

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Electrical Engineering                                                 M.Sc.,2012

    Amirkabir University of Technology, Engineering                                                              M.Sc.,2009

    Amirkabir University of Technology, Electrical Engineering                                                 B.Sc.,2007

  • Experience

    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.


    • NSF-MRI Grant, PI: Dr. Zahrasadat Alavi, co-PIs: Dr. Kathleen Meehan, Dr. Jinsong Zhang, Dr. Ozgul Yasar-Inceoglu,  “Acquisition of FTIR Spectroscopic Imaging System towards material characterization with contributions to health, clean energy generation, and efficient processing techniques”, Oct. 2018- Sept. 2019, $175,305, National Science Foundation
    • Student Learning Fee Grant, “Purchase of equipment for experiments and demonstrations in Control System based courses”, 2018-2019 AY, $15,620, California State University Chico
    • Junior Faculty-Student Scholarship Seed Grant, 2017-2018 AY, $5000, RESP, California State University Chico
    • New Faculty Research Grant, 2017-2019 AY, $5000, California State University Chico
  • Recent Publications

    Journal papers

    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

    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

    • Student Poster Competition Award at BioXRM Conference, Northwestern University, Aug. 2013
    • Chancellor’s Award, Academic Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2010-2013

    Professional Activities

    • Juror at Research Competition, 2018
    • Faculty Search Committee member, EECE Department of CSU Chico, 2018-present
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering Representative to the Library Committee, CSU Chico,  2017-present
    • Scholarship Review Committee Chair, EECE Department of CSU Chico, 2017-present
    • Scholarship Review Committee member, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management of CSU Chico, 2017-present
    • Electrical Engineering Curriculum Committee member, 2017-present
    • Reviewer for ASEE papers. 2017-present
    • Member of  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(opens in new window) (IEEE). , 2012-present
    • 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.