Akbar grew up in Iran where he received his MSc degree of mechanical engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University. Then, he joined Brown University to pursue my studies, and was awarded a Masters degree of Chemistry and a PhD of Engineering while working on atomistic simulation of graphene oxide structural evolution, and thermal properties of polycrystalline graphene. Soon after his PhD, Akbar joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at MIT to characterize the microstructure of Ni-based superalloys and explore the role of grain boundary distributions on hydrogen embrittlement of Ni-based superalloys. Following that, he joined Johns Hopkins University for a postdoctoral fellow position, where he successfully developed a new methodology for generating virtual twinned microstructure for fatigue analysis of Ni-based superalloys for turbine disk applications.
Akbar is an experienced engineer with a demonstrated history of research and development, skilled in computational mechanics and materials science, mathematical modeling, data analysis, microstructure reconstruction and characterization, and multi-physics of materials. He is an expert in computer programming using Matlab, Fortran, and Python and material/structure modeling using Abaqus, Ansys, LAMMPS, VASP, and Gaussian.
Akbar's projects include:
- Developing multi-scale models for microstructure-property prediction of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)
- Developing new generalized thermoelasticity models for thermoelastic wave propagation through anisotropic heterogeneous material domains
- Multi-scale (from atomic to mesoscale) modeling and simulation of advanced materials with applications in structures under high temperature and/or harsh conditions, energy, and electronic devices using cutting-edge computational methods such as First-principles calculations (DFT), Molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, Finite element analysis (FEA), and Meshless method
- Multi-physics (thermo-mechanics) of advanced materials including Metal superalloys, Functionally graded ceramic-metal composites, Electronic materials, Carbon-based materials, and Graphene and Graphene oxide
- Microstructure characterization of materials using High energy X-ray diffraction microscopy (HEDM) and Electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) experimental data
- Fatigue and Creep modeling of materials using Crystal plasticity finite element method