Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, 2004
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 1998
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 1995
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, California, #35422
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Professional Honors
  • Distinguished Service Award (DSA), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), 2017
  • New Investigator Award, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), 2009
  • Instructor Award, Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, 2004
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers — ASHRAE Committee member:
  • • Technical Activities Committee- TAC (section 1 head, 2015-2019)
  • • TC 1.3; Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow (chair 2013-2015, vice chair 2013-2015, vice chair 2011- 2013, program subcommittee chair 2008-2011, voting/corresponding member since 2011)
  • • TC 8.5; Liquid to Refrigerant Heat Exchangers (chair 2008-2010, program subcommittee chair 2005-2008, voting/corresponding member since 2011)
  • • TC 8.4; Air-to-Refrigerant Heat Transfer Equipment (corresponding member since 2011)
  • • TC 5.6; Control of Fire and Smoke (corresponding member since 2011)
  • • TC 1.13; Optimization (corresponding member since 2009)
  • • TC 3.1; Refrigerants and Secondary Coolants (corresponding member since 2014)
  • • SSPC 188 (Standard); Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems (since 2020)
  • • Local Chapter, Orange Empire, CA (since 2012)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers—ASME Committee member:
  • • Associate Editor; Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications (2015-2019)
  • • HTD K10; Heat Transfer Equipment (since 2007)
  • • HTD K16; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment (2008-2010))
  • • Local Chapter, Orange County, CA (since 2012)
  • National Fire Protection Association - NFPA
  • • NFPA 87; Standard for Fluid Heaters (member since 2012)
  • American Society of Automotive Engineers – SAE (member since 2001)
  • International Association of Wildland Fire – IAWF (member since 2016)
  • Associate Editor; Heat Transfer Engineering, an International Journal (2020-present)
  • Persian

Dr. Jokar specializes in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) systems. He has more than 18 years of work experience both in industry and academia.

At Exponent, he has worked on projects with applications related to air conditioning and refrigeration systems, flammable refrigerants, refrigerators and vending machines, supermarket coolers and freezers, ammonia systems, heat transfer equipment, valve design, natural gas and solar power generation plants, boilers, furnaces, kitchen ovens, household washers and dryers, hot water heaters, pipes freeze and burst, and insulation materials.

Dr. Jokar has also collaborated on multi-disciplinary projects, such as comprehensive study of wildfire smoke damage and ash-soot-char distribution and contamination, residential and industrial fires, vehicle thermal failures, carbon monoxide poisoning, mold/odor issues in automotive and residential cooling systems, heat transfer in burn injuries, health risk assessments, data centers, and oil refineries design and contamination issues. His work experience includes experimentation as well as simulation using computational thermal/fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques. He has testifying experience with several cases inside and outside of the State of California.

In academia, he conducted research on industry-sponsored research projects and obtained competitive grants as the principal investigator including: experimental study of carbon dioxide condensation in a chevron-angle plate geometry exchanger (sponsored by ASHRAE), and computational analysis and experimental design of a microchannel electronics cooler for high-power semiconductor diode laser applications (sponsored by Washington Technology Center). He also conducted comprehensive research during his doctoral study to evaluate and analyze a dual-loop automotive heat pump-air conditioning system. He was the recipient of the ASHRAE New Investigator Award to study heat transfer and fluid flow of nanofluids in micro/mini-channel heat exchangers. He developed several courses and labs on thermo/fluids, including advanced courses on thermal systems and electronics cooling.