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Shima Parsa

Assistant Professor

School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science

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Shima Parsa

Assistant Professor

School of Physics and Astronomy
College of Science


PostDoc, Harvard University; Ph.D. Wesleyan University


Shima Parsa is an assistant professor of Physics at RIT. She is an experimental Soft Matter Physicist and her research spans from the flow of complex fluids in porous media to sedimentation in Marshland. She studies the small-scale dynamics of multi-phase fluids and investigates their impact on large-scale transport, see research website at

Shima joined RIT in 2019 after her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard in Applied Physics studying  Soft Matter physics and microscale phenomena. She completed her Ph.D. in Physics at Wesleyan in 2013.


Areas of Expertise

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Journal Paper
Datta, Sujit S, et al. "Lab on a chip for a low-carbon future." Lab on a chip 23. (2023): 1358-1375. Print.
Izaguirre, Michael, Luke Nearhood, and Shima Parsa. "Quantifying Uniform Droplet Formation in Microfluidics Using Variational Mode Decomposition." Fluids 7. 5 (2022): 174. Print.
Parsa, Shima, et al. "Unexpected scaling of interstitial velocities with permeability due to polymer retention in porous media." Phys. Rev. Fluids 6. (2021): L082302. Print.
Zhang, Liyuan, et al. "Core–Shell Nanohydrogels with Programmable Swelling for Conformance Control in Porous Media." ACS Applied Materials & Interface 12. 30 (2020): 34217–34225. Print.
Parsa, Shima, et al. "Origin of Anomalous Polymer-induced Fluid Displacement in Porous Media." Phys Rev Fluids 5. (2020): 222001. Print.
Alim, Karen, et al. "Local Pore Size Correlations Determine Flow Distributions in Porous Media." Phys Rev Letters 119. (2017): 144501. Print.
Diba, Mani, et al. "Highly Elastic and Self-Healing Composite Colloidal Gels." Advanced Materials. (2017): 1604672. Print.
Cole, Brendan C., et al. "Methods for Measuring the Orientation and Rotation Rate of 3D-printed Particles in Turbulence." JoVE. (2016): 53599. Web.
Marcus, Guy G, et al. "Measurements of the solid-body rotation of anisotropic particles in 3D turbulence." New Journal of Physics 16. (2014): 102001. Print.
Parsa, Shima and Greg A Voth. "Inertial Range Scaling in Rotations of Long Rods in Turbulence." Phy Rev Letters 112. (2014): 24501. Print.
Carroll, Nick J, et al. "Measurement of Flow Velocity and Inference of Liquid Viscosity in a Microfluidic Channel by Fluorescence Photobleaching." Langmuir 30. 16 (2014): 4868–4874. Print.
Parsa, Shima, et al. "Rotation Rate of Rods in Turbulent Fluid Flow." Phy Rev Letters. 109 (2012): 134501. Print.
Parsa, Shima, et al. "Rotation and Alignment of Rods in 2D Flow." Physics of Fluids 23. (2011): 43302. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Parsa, Shima. "Polymer for permeability modification in porous media." Microfluidics and Energy Symposium. University of Toronto and Rice University. Houston, TX. 29 Apr. 2021. Keynote Speech.

Currently Teaching

1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their graduate studies.
1 - 6 Credits
Doctoral-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
1 - 9 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
3 Credits
In this course students will learn aspects of Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity including time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, velocity transformations, relativistic Doppler effect, issues with simultaneity, and relativistic expressions for energy and momentum.
3 Credits
In this course, students perform experiments representative of the foundation of modern quantum physics. These include investigations of wave particle duality, and the earliest of quantum mechanical models as well as measurements of fundamental constants. Experiments typically include electron diffraction, the photoelectric effect, optical diffraction and interference, atomic spectroscopy, charge-to-mass ratio of an electron, and blackbody radiation. This class teaches basic instrumentation techniques as well as data reduction and analysis. Students are expected to keep a laboratory notebook and present results in a journal-style paper.

In the News

  • May 8, 2023

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    Squishing the barriers of physics

    Four RIT faculty members are opening up soft matter physics, sometimes known as “squishy physics,” to a new generation of diverse scholars. Moumita Das, Poornima Padmanabhan, Shima Parsa, and Lishibanya Mohapatra are helping RIT make its mark in the field.