ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Mehrdad N.  Ghasemi-Nejhad

Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad

Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineerin

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Center for Composite Materials from the University of Delaware in 1992. He is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A., and is the founding director of the Advanced Materials Manufacturing Lab. (AMML), Intelligent and Composite Materials Lab. (ICML), and Hawaii Nanotechnology Lab. (HNL). He is an invited speaker in the fields of composites, smart structures, and nanotechnology, a contributor and reviewer of articles in professional journals in these fields, and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials.

Dr. Ghasemi-Nejhad is an ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow and a member of SPIE, ASC (American Society for Composites), and SAMPE (Advancement of Material and Process Engineering). He is a technical committee member of Adaptive Structures and Material Systems (ASMS) of ASME/Aerospace, Co-Chair and Chair of ASMS Symposium in 2006 and 2007 ASME/IMECE, respectively, Chair of the First ASME International Conference on Multifunctional Nanocomposite in 2006, and Co-chair and Chair of Active and Passive Structures and Integrated Systems of the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 SPIE Conferences, respectively. He is also a faculty advisor for the student sections of the ASME and SAMPE, as well as the ASME Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) senior design project. Prof. Ghasemi-Nejhad is also the ABET Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has over 140 publications in composites, smart structures, and nanotechnology, including publications in Nature Materials and Science, and has three pending patents. He has initiated the use of Nanotechnology in Renewable Energy at UHM.

Dr. Ghasemi-Nejhad received the Block Fellowship from the University of Delaware (1990), DuPont Fellowship from E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (1991), Scholars Award from the Center for Composite Materials of the University of Delaware (1991), the University of Hawaii Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching (1998), A.D. Welliver Faculty Fellow from Boeing Co. (1999), the ASME Region IX Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2001), the Best Paper Award in Mechanics of Materials of ASME/Aerospace ASMS (2007). With his students, he won the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) National Championship in 1995 and 1997. He is one of the inventors of the nanobrush, i.e., “World’s Smallest Brush”, certificated by the Guinness Book of World Record in 2007.

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