- Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
The Multiphysics Intelligent and Dynamical Systems (MInDS) laboratory focuses on the intersection of smart materials and dynamical systems for various interdisciplinary applications, including contactless acoustic energy transfer, acoustofluidics, piezoelectric actuation, and biomedical opportunities and challenges.
Current research topics at MInDS include intelligent fluid flow control using smart materials and metamaterial-inspired concepts, high-intensity focused ultrasound for wireless charging of low-power sensors, ultrasound responsive drug delivery systems, and microfluidics driven via ultrasonics.
The goal is to design a new generation of smart autonomous biomedical systems that lead to new medical diagnostics and treatments.
- 2019–Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
- 2016-2019, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
- 2015-2016, Instructor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
- 2010-2015, Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech
- 2004-2010, Collaborative Researcher, Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University, London, UK
- 2017 – Student Engineers Council (SEC) Undergraduate Research Advisor award
- 2017 – Best Student Paper Award in the ASME SMASIS Conference for MInDS PhD student
- 2017 – ACC Creativity and Innovation Grant for MInDS undergraduate student
- 2016 – Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) award for MInDS PhD student
- 2016 – Fralin Undergraduate Research fellowship for MInDS undergraduate student
- 2016 – Davenport Scholarship for the 2016–2017AY for MInDS PhD student
- 2015 – Second-place in the Student Paper Competition of the ASME Technical Committee on Vibration and Sound
- 2015 – SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Award honorable mention
- 2015 – Invited participant for Virginia Tech Future Faculty Program
- 2014 – Invited participant for GE’s annual Networking Event at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY
- 2013 – Recipient of the Leo Beranek Student Medal for excellence in the study of noise control
- 2012 – Anne Robinson Clough Conference Grant
- Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
- M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
- B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Kerman, Iran, 2004