Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University, 2019
  • M.Sc., Materials Selection and Characterization, University of Tehran, Iran, 2014
  • B.Sc., Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2011
Academic Appointments
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Washington State University, 2019-2020
Professional Honors
  • Roy G. Post foundation scholarship (dedicated to the safe management of nuclear wastes), 2018
  • ACerS Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division students award, MS&T, 2018
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) student grant, 12th Pacific Rim conference, 2017
Professional Affiliations
  • American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
  • Farsi

Dr. Ahmadzadeh is a materials engineer with specific expertise in process-structure-property relationships of glasses and ceramics. Employing a variety of advanced analytical materials characterization techniques, he has developed a deep understanding of composition-structure-crystallization of glasses and glass-ceramics. He has also investigated natural silicate analogues for such glasses to understand their long-term alteration mechanisms. 

In addition, Dr. Ahmadzadeh has worked on fractography and failure analysis of glasses and ceramics for several applications, as well as metals used in automotive suspension parts. He is experienced in magnetism and magnetic materials investigations, and his past research involved him in synthesis and characterization of electrical and magnetic nano-ceramics (multiferroics) with applications in smart devices, sensors, high-density solid-state memories and digital recording fields. He has extensive experience in communicating his technical work in collaborative and multi-disciplinary environments.

During his PhD and postdoctoral studies, Dr. Ahmadzadeh worked on iron-containing alumino-silicate glasses to help formulate durable glasses for safe disposal of radioactive wastes. He also worked with geologists and archaeologists to identify and date (paleomagnetism) natural glasses as analogues for radioactive waste glasses. Owing to working in a well-equipped characterization lab as the senior research assistant prior to Exponent, he has advised and helped internal and external research groups with their materials characterization work. He has developed expertise in X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rietveld analysis, electron microprobe — scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS), differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), polarized-light optical microscopy (petrography), Raman spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, mechanical testing techniques, and more. Furthermore, Dr. Ahmadzadeh has taught undergrad level Materials Characterization (X-ray diffraction), Materials Laboratory, as well as Fundamental of Thermodynamics at Washington State University.