Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2012
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2008
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2004
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Massachusetts, #58612
  • Professional Engineer, New York, #101283
  • Professional Engineer Mechanical, Texas, #150246
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (CSSGB)
Academic Appointments
  • e-Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2012
  • Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2010
Professional Honors
  • NSF CMMI "Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation" Student Award, 2011
  • 11th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics Student Award, 2011
  • Joseph Ferretti Academic Excellence Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2010
  • 10th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics Student Award, 2009
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), 2006-present
  • Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM), 2010-present
  • American Physical Society (APS), 2011-present

Dr. Ajdari is an expert in mechanical engineering analysis, solid mechanics, finite element analysis, design optimization and biomechanics. He has more than a decade of experience in utilizing simulation methods and experimental design for product development processes which help delivering products that are right the first time and robust to uncertainty.

Dr. Ajdari has worked on a range of projects involving both litigation and non-litigation failure analyses to understand the underlying root cause of reported matters. His expertise has been applied to numerous failure and design analyses in multiple industries including energy storage and batteries, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products, defense/military applications, boilers & pressure vessels, industrial heat exchangers, oil and gas industry, railroad industry, and automotive industry. He has extensive experience in performing advanced analyses including structural, thermal, thermo-mechanical, fatigue, crack-propagation modeling, crash and impact analysis.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Ajdari was a Senior Engineer at DePuy Synthes Spine, a Johnson & Johnson Company, supporting product development and sustaining efforts related to multiple spine implants and surgical devices. He is familiar with regulatory design requirements for medical devices, explicitly, verification and validation efforts. Prior to that, he was a Lead Engineer at GE Energy Storage working on design and development of GE battery products, thermal management, and cooling system design for Li-ion and high temperature sodium metal battery systems. Dr. Ajdari received his Green Belt Six-Sigma certification while he was at GE, working on a project to understand and resolve battery cell pre-mature failure due to crack formation in the glass seal area of the cells.

Dr. Ajdari earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in Dec 2011, followed by two postdoctoral fellowships at MIT (2012-2013) and Northwestern University (2012-2014) working on multi-disciplinary projects including the design of high performance nanoparticle rubber composites for tire compound, study the mechanics and dynamics of instability and deformation localization in thin elastic shells, structural strength of reinforced concrete chimneys subject to an uncontrolled fire, and structures with superior and tailorable mechanical properties.

His scientific publications include 21 peer-reviewed journal publications with over 1,800+ citations (as of Dec 2022), and more than 53+ conference proceedings and presentations, and 4 patent disclosures. He currently serves as an active member of ASME V&V60 subcommittee on Verification and Validation of Computational Modeling in Energy Systems.