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Mechanical Engineering
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
2540 Dole St. - Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu HI 96822

Departmental Chair:
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad

    Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad  
 


Professor and Department Chair of ME

Director:
Composites, Smart Structures & Nanotechnology Labs.

ASME Fellow
Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow

Associate Editor:
Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials

Chair of ASME Conferences:
Smart Materials and Structures
Multifunctional Nanocomposites


Ph.D.
1992, University of Delaware


Contact Information
Phone:(808) 956-7560
Email: nejhad@eng.hawaii.edu
Research Website


Research Interests
Analytical/computational/experimental mechanics, thermomechanics, and structural dynamics in design, analysis, manufacturing, and testing of composite, smart, and nanotechnology related structures and devices

 

Selected Awards and Honors:

Guinness Book of World Records for Multifunctional Nanobrush, 2007
Best Paper Award in Mechanics of Materials for 3D Nanoforest Multifunctional Nanocomposites, ASME Aerospace Division, 2007
• Mechanical Engineering Merit Award, Univ. of Hawaii, College of Engineering, 2000, 2002
• ASME Region IX Outstanding Faculty Advisor, 2001
• Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, Univ. of Hawaii, 1998
• Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Mechanical Engineering, 1995, 1998
• Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) National Champion, Advisor, 1995, 1997
• Scholars Award, Univ. of Delaware, Center for Composite Materials, 1991
• DuPont Fellowship, E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 1991
• Block Fellowship, Univ. of Delaware, 1990

Faculty Advisor: ASME & SAMPE

Selected Publications:

* Hawaii Nanotechnology Laboratory (HNL), Holmes Hall 307

• Veedu, V. P., Cao, A., Li, X., Ma, K., Soldano, C., Ajayan, P. M., and Ghasemi-Nejhad, M. N., “Multifunctional composites using reinforced laminae with carbon nanotube forests,” Nature Materials, June 2006, 5:457-462. [NOTE: This work has been featured in news media such as; NetComposites, Materials Today, Nanotechnology Now, Science Daily, The Nanotechnology Group Inc., Nanotech Wire, SPACEMART, PHYSORG, The A to Z of Materials, The A to Z of Nanotechnology, BrightSurf, NewsWire Today, TMCnet News, Ultraviolet, Nano Electronics, Nano Werk, Hawaii Business News, Hawaii Business Magazine, Kaunana, KITV New 4_Honolulu, Hawaii Public Radio_Honolulu. Also, won 2007 Best paper Award in Mechanics & Material Systems, Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems of the ASME Aerospace Division].

• Cao, A., Dickrell, P. L., Sawyer, W. G., Ghasemi-Nejhad, M. N., and Ajayan, P. M., "Super-compressible foam-like films of carbon nanotubes," Science, 2005, Vol. 310, pp. 1307-1310. [NOTE: This work has been featured in news media as Nature Press Release (Dec. 2005), Nano Science and Nanotechnology Institute (NSTI, Dec 06, 2005), Phys Org (Nov. 24, 2005), Physics Web (Nov. 25, 2005), etc.

• Cao, A., Veedu, V. P., Li, X., Yao, Z., Ghasemi-Nejhad, M. N., and Ajayan, P. M., "Multifunctional brushes made from carbon nanotubes," Nature Materials, July 2005, Vol. 4, pp. 540-545.[NOTE: This work has been featured in news media throughout the world as "the world's smallest brush," including the BBC World News Science/Nature (UK) on June 12, 2005; NewScientist Breaking News on June 12, 2005; Science Box on June 12, 2005; National Geographic News Science and Space on June 17, 2005; BBC news (UK), Science in Action (BBC World Service Broadcast on June 18, 2005); PhysOrg on June 28, 2005; and Nature Press Release for 2005 Nature Materials Vol. 4 , on July 8, 2005.  In addition, the following world-wide press releases featured our nano-brush: Science News (USA), Chemical & Engineering News (USA), Popular Science (USA), DER SPIEGEL (Germany), Frankfurter Allmgeine Zeitung (Germany), ZeitWissen Magazin (Germany), Spektrum der Wissenschaft (German edition of “Scientific American”), De Standaard (Belgium), El Mundo (Spain), CNR (Spain), Kyodo News (Japan), JIJI Press (Japan), De Ingenieur (The Netherlands), and so on.    Also, won 2007 Guiness Book of World Record world's smallest brush Certificate.].

• Askari, D., Veedu, P. V., and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., “Chirality Dependence of Carbon Single-Walled Nanotube Material Properties: Axial Coefficient of Thermal Expansion,” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 2167-2174.

• Veedu, P. V., Askari, D. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., “Chirality Dependence of Carbon Single-Walled Nanotube Material Properties: Axial Young’s Modulus,” Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 2159-2166.

• Kannan, A. M., Veedu, P. V., Munukutla, L., and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., “Nano Structured Gas Diffusion and Catalyst Layers for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells,” Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2007, B47-B50.

 

* Intelligent and Composite Materials Laboratory (ICML), Holmes Hall 210

• Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., Russ, R., and Pourjalali, S., “Manufacturing and Testing of Active Composite Panels with Embedded Piezoelectric Sensors and Actuators,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2005, pp. 319-334, (invited by the associate editor).

• Doherty, K. M. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., "Performance of an Active Composite Strut for an Intelligent Composite Modified Stewart Platform for Thrust Vector Control" Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2005, pp. 335-354.

• Ma, K. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N. “Adaptive Simultaneous Precision Positioning and Vibration Control of Intelligent Composite Structures,” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2005, 16, pp. 163-174.

• Ma, K. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N. “Frequency-Weighted Adaptive Control for Simultaneous Precision Positioning and Vibration Suppression of Smart Structures,” Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, 2004, 13(5):1143-1154

• Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., Pan, C., and Feng, H., “Intrinsic Strain Modeling and Residual Stress Analysis for Thin Film Processing of Layered Structures," ASME Journal of Electronic Packaging, 2003, 125(1), pp. 4-17

 

* Advanced Materials Manufacturing Laboratory (AMML), Holmes Hall 140

• Yousefpour, A. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., "Design, Analysis, Manufacture, and Test of APC-2/AS4 Thermoplastic Composite Pressure Vessels for Deep Water Marine Applications," Journal of Composite Materials, 2004, 38(19):1701-1732

• Ng, R.K., Yousefpour, A , Uyema, M., and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., "Design, Analysis, Manufacture, and Test of Shallow Water Pressure Vessels Using E-Glass/Epoxy Woven Composite Material for a Semi-Autonomous Underwater Vehicle," Journal of Composite Materials, 2002, 36(21):2443-2478

Yousefpour, A. and Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., "Effects of Geometric Optimization of Plug-supported End-caps on the Performance of Thick Thermoplastic Composite Pressure Vessels under External Hydrostatic Pressure," Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, Vol. 15, No. 5, September 2002, pp. 403-428

Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., Chandramouli, M. V., and Yousefpour, A., "Processing and Performance of Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites by Preceramic Polymer Pyrolysis: I - Filament Winding," Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 35, No. 24, 2001, pp. 2207-2237

Ghasemi Nejhad, M. N., Bayliss, J. K., and Yousefpour, A., "Processing and Performance of Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites by Preceramic Polymer Pyrolysis: II – Resin Transfer Molding," Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 35, No. 24, 2001, pp. 2239-2255



Courses Offered

Mechanics and Design of Composites, Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Design Methodology (Design I), Senior Design (Design II), Component Design, Computer Methods in Engineering, Dynamics of Machines and Systems, Advanced Theory of Vibration with Applications, Finite Element Analysis, Introduction to Nanotechnology.

 



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