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Nicole Hashemi Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University


Nicole Nastaran Hashemi is an American engineer. As an associate professor at Iowa State University, Hashemi was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Following her promotion to the rank of associate professor, Hashemi was selected to attend National Academy of Engineering 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. In 2019, Hashemi and a research team began using a “placenta-on-a-chip” to study the transport of caffeine molecules from a mother to a fetus. In March 2021, Hashemi was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for both her research and teaching/mentoring contributions. The following month, Hashemi was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for her work on microfluidic devices, Organ-on-a-Chip Technology, conductive graphene matrix-encapsulated cells.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Mid-CAREER Advancement, 2023
  • ISU Research Collaboration Catalysts, 2022 – 2023
  • Elected Fellow of RSC, 2021
  • Elected Fellow of ASME, 2020
  • National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering, 2018
  • ISU Early Career Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2017
  • ISU University Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Mentoring, 2016
  • ISU Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Award, 2015
  • National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science, 2013
  • NRC/ASEE Research Publication Award, 2012
  • ISU William March Scholar in Mechanical Engineering, 2011 – 2014
  • National Research Council PostDoctoral Fellowship, 2008 – 2011



Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Virginia Tech 2008

Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering Amirkabir University of Technology 1999

Area(s) of Expertise

Lab on a Chip
Diagnostics and Therapeutics