Mechanics, chemistry, bio-inspired materials science, and big data
Prof. Shahsavari's research integrates a unique set of mechanics, chemistry, bio-inspired materials science, and big data to provide a transformative approach for fundamental understanding and computational-driven design, synthesis and characterization of multifunctional materials, which are critical for our infrastructure, energy and environment. Depending on the problem of interest, we employ a variety of computational and experimental techniques including (but not limited to) first-principles calculations, molecular dynamics and monte-carlo simulations, coarse-grain modeling, machine-learning, 3D printing, wet chemistry, electron microscopy, spectroscopy, and mechanical/thermal testings. These state-of-the-art tools enable developing a unified understanding of the non-intutive behavior of materials and structures across extended time- and length-scales, followed by utilization of this knowledge for advanced fabrication of multifunctional materials and structures with never-seen-before properties. Prior to joining Rice University, he completed his Ph.D at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Dr. Shahsavari has published several papers in the pioneer journals in the field of mechanics and materials and has given numerous lectures and talks at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards in both academia and entrepreneurship including three-year fellowship from the National Research Council of Canada (NSERC), MIT $100,000 Grand Prize in Entrepreneurship Contest, Silver Medal in Material Research Society, Stephen Brunauer award for the best paper in the American Ceramic Society, etc. He is an associate member of American Concrete Institute (ACI Technical Committee Material Science of Concrete) and American Ceramic Society, and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Advances in Cement Based Materials (ACBM), and International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). Open Positions: Post-doctoral associates: Please email to email@example.com.