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Mechanical Engineering
Khoury Hall 103
Jennifer Rossi
Administrative Assistant
School of Engineering & Computer Science
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Said Shakerin (On Medical Leave)

Registered Mechanical Engineer in California


Life-Long Learning, completed equivalent of 42 days of workshops and short courses since 1986.

PhD, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1986

MS, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1981

BS, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 1979

Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering, Sharif (formerly Arya-Mehr) University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1974 - 1978.

Bio Sketch

Said Shakerin has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1986.  He served as Department Chairman in the mid-1990's but stepped down due to a neurological disease. 

He has been a speaker at local organizations serving adult learners, such as OLLI at Pacific.  His other outreach included science fair judging, show-and-tell presentations to school students (including 2nd graders), and exhibitions at the University Library.

Some highlights have been authorship of cover stories and several supervised students receiving local, regional, and national awards.

Research Interests

  • Fluid Motion Inspired Art
  • Informal Science Education

Exhibitions (Since 2010)

"Wood Delights," Homecoming, University of the Pacific, 2016

Four low-cost fluids-based demos, Apparatus Competition (AAPT), Sacramento, CA, 2016, First Place Award and two Honorable mentions

"Flow Fantasy," Library, University of the Pacific, 2014-17

"Photogenic Fluids: I-IV," Gallery of Fluid Motion*, San Francisco, CA, 2014 

"Fluid Motion," Library, University of the Pacific, July-October 2013

Four posters, Gallery of Fluid Motion, San Diego, CA, 2012

"Bubbles, Drops, and Streams," Library, University of the Pacific, 2012-14

Two posters, Gallery of Fluid Motion, Long Beach, CA, 2010

* Gallery of Fluid Motion is an annual exhibition sponsored by the Division of Fluid Dynamics, American Physical Society.

Publications (Since 2010)

"Fluids Demonstrations: Trailing Vortices, Plateau Border, Angle of Repose, Flow Instability," The Physics Teacher, to appear.

"Soap Bubble Clusters in Thin Enclosures," M. Emmer, M. Abate, M. Falcone, M. Villarreal, eds., Imagine Math 5: Between Culture and Mathematics, Unione Matematica Italiana, Bologna & IVSLA, Venice, pp. 119-126, 2016. Invited  

"25+ Years of the Hubble Space Telescope and a Simple Mistake That Cost Millions," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 54(8), pp. 480-481, 2016.  

"Angle of Repose," Visual Physics (Column), The Physics Teacher, Vol. 54 (3), p. 192, 2016.  

"Drops in 2D," Visual Physics (Column), The Physics Teacher, Vol. 54 (1), p. 64, 2016, and with editors' correction in Vol. 54 (2), p. 128, 2016.  

"Serious Fun: Using Toys to Demonstrate Fluid Mechanics Principles," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 52 (6), pp. 332-335, 2014. Addendum: "Fluid Flow Disruption," Vol. 52 (8), p. 454, 2014. First author: C. Saviz.  

"Physics Trick - Balanced Can," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 51 (9), p. 511, 2013. 

"Helicopter Toy and Lift Estimation," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 51 (5), p. 310, 2013

"Photogenic Fluids," Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 135 (3), p. 84, 2013

"Lotus Effect Toy," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 49 (6), pp. 346-347, 2011 (cover article)

"Vortex Apparatus and Demonstrations," The Physics Teacher, Vol. 48 (5), pp. 316-318, 2010

"Rube and His Impact," Mechanical Engineering, Vol. 132 (2), p. 64, 2010