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Retirement of Professor Vahid Nasehi

February 14

About 40 of the current staff, along with some former colleagues, met for lunch on Friday 31 January to mark the retirement of Professor Vahid Nassehi.  Vahid had been on the staff at Loughborough University for just over 25 years, rising through the ranks of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, before being awarded a Personal Chair as a Professor of Computational Modelling in 2002.

Vahid’s previous experience at Swansea University, an international centre for finite-element analysis, shaped his future as a computational modeller and paved the way for a highly successful research career., in which he published over 130 journal articles and conference proceedings, as well as four books:

  • Practical Aspects of Finite Element Modelling of Polymer Processing by Vahid Nassehi (Mar 12, 2002)
  • Computational Methods in the Management of Hydro-Environmental Systems by V. Nassehi, D. B. Das and D. B. Das (Nov 1, 2006)
  • Finite Element Modelling of Multiscale Phenomena by Vahid Nassehi and Mahmoud Parvazinia (Oct 13, 2010)
  • Practical Aspects of the Modelling of Reactive Systems by Vahid Nassehi and Klaus Hellgardt (Aug 13, 2010) 

Vahid was also well-known as a teacher of undergraduates, who came to enjoy his lecturing style, which enlivened difficult subjects, such as mathematics and thermodynamics, with his anecdotes and life stories.   He also supervised a large number of PhD students, all in the areas of finite-element methods, computer modelling and numerical techniques, applied to the solution of diverse engineering problems in filtration, polymer processing  and water pollution. 

At his retirement lunch, it seemed fitting to quote from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. Born in the latter half of the 11th century, Omar Khayyam was also a polymath, philosopher, mathematician and poet, who wrote about time moving on … 

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, 
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit 
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, 
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

So, Vahid will be greatly missed by staff and students alike. We wish him a long, happy and peaceful retirement.


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