Dr. Behzad Vaziri Hassas completed his PhD Fellowship Grant when he received his Ph.D. in Energy and Mineral Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Hassas is a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, Earth and Environmental Engineering Department. Behzad is involved with various ongoing research projects in Sustainable Minerals, Metals, and Materials (S3M) research group, led by Dr. Nagaraj, and Dr. Farinato.
Behzad has comprehensive experience and knowledge which spans a broad field of extractive metallurgy, surface chemistry, mineral processing, and separation science. He has proven expertise in flotation, surface chemistry, water chemistry, and hydrometallurgy. Behzad has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals and has presented his research at several international conferences. He serves the community as an active reviewer for more than 10 high-ranked journals in the field.
Behzad was selected for the SME (Stantec/McIntosh) Ph.D. Fellowship in 2019, and was awarded the 2023 Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Metallurgical Engineering, 2022 SME Ramani Thesis Award (SME Foundation), and 2023 MDPI Minerals Travel Award. His research posters have been awarded first place four times in 2018, 2020, and 2022 in graduate poster contests of SME ED and MPD. He was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Teaching Assistant and 2020 Graduate Merit Award of the Department of Energy and Minerals at Penn State. Behzad was also the recipient of the 2019 Robert E. Murray Innovation Award Scholarship. Moreover, “in recognition of refractory gold concentration and processing,” his research on the flotation of auriferous pyrite has been awarded the 2017 Republic Metals Richard Rubin Memorial Award by International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI). Behzad was also granted the 2015 Cooper-Hansen Fellowship by the Dean’s office in the College of Mines and Earth Science, University of Utah.