- Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, 2017
- M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University, 2012
- B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2003
- Certificate of Research Excellence - American Heart/Stroke Association (2017)
- Awarded American Heart Association Fellowship (2015-2017)
- Featured Poster Award - Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting (2012)
- Best Poster Award - American Association for Hand Surgery (2011)
Dr. Assari is a biomechanics expert with a special focus on injury biomechanics. Leveraging his multidisciplinary background, education, and research in injury biomechanics, mechanical engineering, and biomedical devices, he addresses issues related to motor vehicle collisions, premises liability events, and incidents that result in traumatic brain injury. He adeptly evaluates kinematics and injury mechanisms, and carefully scrutinizes possible biomechanical and mechanical factors that may have contributed to the injury.
Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Assari was a postdoctoral fellow, lab manager and adjunct faculty member at Temple University college of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. During his time at the Temple Biomechanics Laboratory, Dr. Assari conducted pioneering research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by head acceleration, blunt impact, or blast wave exposure. He also has over four years of research experience in thoracic blunt impact trauma, with a particular focus on behind armor blunt trauma (BABT).
Dr. Assari has extensive experience designing and conducting in vivo large and small animal testing in the field of injury biomechanics, instrumentation and sensor design, high-speed data acquisition (including high-speed stereo imaging), tissue material characterization, and injury mechanism analysis. He has also worked with human test subjects, instrumentation to analyze head kinematics in football players and BMX riders for concussion assessment, as well as post-mortem human tissue for orthopedic implant failure research.
His scientific publications include 15 peer-reviewed journal publications with over 300 citations, and more than 15 conference proceedings and presentations. He was awarded an American Heart/Stroke Association fellowship and received a Certificate of Research Excellence from the American Heart/Stroke Association in 2017.