- Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, 2016
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Concrete Institute
Dr. Rezakhani is an expert in using numerical methods to solve mechanical and civil engineering problems. His area of expertise includes computational mechanics, solid mechanics, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, heat transfer analysis, and multiphysics problems. Dr. Rezakhani has extensive experience in constitutive modeling of various engineering materials such as concrete, rocks, fiber composites, and metals. Among the applications he has worked on are aging and deterioration of infrastructural materials, fracture and fragmentation of brittle materials under static and dynamic loading events, finite element modeling of contact and frictional interfaces, crack propagation in porous materials via hydraulic fracturing, simulation of shock wave lithotripsy procedure used for fracturing of kidney stones, and thermo-mechanical behavior of ceramics under cyclic thermal loadings. Dr. Rezakhani is experienced at modeling laboratory experiments to better understand and analyze the experimental measurements. In addition, he has an extensive programming background using Python, MATLAB, and C++.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Rezakhani worked at Corning Inc. as a Senior Development Scientist where he was responsible for modeling thermo-mechanical behavior of ceramic substrates in vehicles' exhaust systems under severe thermal cycling events. He also managed the Mechanics Laboratory, where he performed stamp testing as well as tensile tests on ceramic samples.
During his graduate studies at Northwestern University, Dr. Rezakhani developed a multiscale framework to model crack propagation in brittle materials using a homogenization approach. After earning his Ph.D. degree, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL in Switzerland where he led a project on modeling aging and deterioration of concrete infrastructures funded by Swiss National Science Foundation. After returning to the US, he worked at Duke University as a postdoctoral fellow where he developed a computational framework coupling fluid flow in porous materials with phase field approach to simulate hydraulic fracturing applications.