Ashfaq Adnan


Associate Professor

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

University of Texas at Arlington

Bldg. WH 315B

500 West First Street,

Arlington, TX 76019

Phone: (817) 272 2006


Research Profile:      CV


2016 –           : Associate Professor: University of Texas at Arlington

2010 – 2016: Assistant Professor: University of Texas at Arlington

2008-2010: Postdoctoral Associate: Northwestern University



Ph.D. (2008): Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Purdue University, USA  

M.S.  (2004): Mechanical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Alabama, USA                                     

B.S.  (2000):  Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh


Current Research



·       Neurobiology of Brain Injury (Supported by ONR)

·       Cavitation-induced Damage in Neuron and ECM (Supported by ONR)

·       Mechanics of Soft Polymers

·       Advanced Ceramics and Polymer Nanocomposites



J1.                 Wonmo Kang, Ashfaq Adnan, Thomas O'Shaughnessy, Amit Bagchi, Cavitation nucleation in gelatin: Experiment and mechanism, Acta Biomaterialia, 2018

J2.                Riaz Kayser, Ashfaq Adnan, Grain boundary driven mechanical properties of  ZrB2 and ZrC-ZrB2 nanocomposite: a molecular simulation study, Accepted, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 2018

J3.                Mohammad Raziul Hasan,Mohammed Arif I. Mahmood, Raja Raheel Khanzada, Nuzhat Mansur, Ashfaq Adnan, and Samir M. Iqbal, Molecular Dynamics Study of Protein Deformation through SolidState Nanopore, Functional Nanostructures, 2017.

J4.                Yuan-Ting Wu and Ashfaq Adnan, Effect of Shock-Induced Cavitation Bubble Collapse on the damage in the Simulated Perineuronal Net of the Brain,. Scientific Reports 7, 2017

J5.                Sheikh Ferdous, Ashfaq Adnan, Mode-I Fracture Toughness Prediction of Diamond at the Nanoscale, Journal of Nanomechanics and Micromechanics 7 (3), 2017

J6.                Ashfaq Adnan, Sheikh Ferdous Mechanical Properties of Computationally Designed Novel Carbon Enriched Si1-xCx Ceramics: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study Computational Materials Science, Computational Materials Science,110, (2015), Pages 331-339

J7.                Ashfaq Adnan, Sheikh Ferdous, Computational Design of Novel Carbon Enriched Si1-xCx Ceramics: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study, Computational Materials Science 96, 354–359(2015)   

J8.                Mahmood, Mohammed Arif; Ali, Waqas; Adnan, Ashfaq; Iqbal, Samir, 3D Structural Integrity and Interactions of Single-stranded Protein-binding DNA in a Functionalized Nanopore, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B: Biophysical Chemistry, Biomaterials, Liquids, and Soft Matter, B: Biophysical Chemistry and Biomolecules. 118(22):5799-5806, (2014)  

J9.                Sheikh F Ferdous, Ashfaq Adnan, Role of Surface Vacancy on the Tensile Stress-Strain Relations of Single Crystal Ni Nanowire, Computational Materials Science. 90: 221-231, (2014)

J10.             Mujibur R. Khan, Hassan Mahfuz, Ashfaq Adnan, A Study of Mechanical Behavior and Morphology of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced UHMWPE/Nylon 6 Hybrid Polymer Nanocomposites Fiber. Fibers and Polymers. 15(7): 1484-1492, (2014)

J11.               A.R. Nazmus Sakib, Narendra De, Ashfaq Adnan, “Shear Fracture of confined NaCl nanofilms”, Computational Materials Science 68, 271-279, (2013).

J12.              Sheikh F Ferdous, Farzad Sarker, Ashfaq Adnan,Role of Nanoparticle Dispersion and Filler-Matrix Interface on the Matrix Dominated Failure of C60-PE Nanocomposites: A molecular dynamics simulation studyPolymer, Volume 54, Issue 10, 26 Pages 2565–2576. (2013)

J13.              Mujibur R. Khan, Hassan Mahfuz, Ashfaq Adnan and Ishraq Shabib, “Elastic properties of UHMWPE-SWCNT nanocomposites fiber: An experimental, theoretical and molecular dynamics evaluation” Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance.  Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1593-1600. (2013)

J14.             A.R. Nazmus Sakib, Ashfaq Adnan, “On the Size-dependent Critical Stress Intensity Factor of Confined Brittle Nanofilms”, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 86, pp 13-22. (2012)

J15.              Adnan Ashfaq, Lam Robert, Chen Hanning, Lee Jessica, Schaffer Daniel, Barnard Amanda, Schatz George, Ho Dean, Liu, Wing Kam, Atomistic Simulation and Measurement of pH dependent Cancer Therapeutic Interactions with Nanodiamond Carrier”, Molecular Pharmaceutics, 8 (2), pp 368–374 (2011)

J16.             Adnan Ashfaq, C. T. Sun, “Evolution of nanoscale defects to planar cracks in a brittle solid”, Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids. Volume 58, Issue 7, July 2010, Pages 983-1000.

J17.              Adnan Ashfaq, C. T. Sun, “Effect of surface morphology and temperature on the structural stability of nanoscale wavy films”, Nanotechnology, 19(31):315702, 2008.

J18.             Adnan Ashfaq, C. T. Sun, “Effect of Thickness and Interface Strength on Deformation and Failure of Glassy Polymer Adhesives: A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study” - Journal of Adhesion, 84(5): 401-420, 2008. 

J19.             Adnan Ashfaq, C. T. Sun, Hassan Mahfuz, “A Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study to Investigate the Effect of Filler Size on Elastic Properties of Polymer Nanocomposites”, Composites Science and Technology, 67: 348-56, 2007. 

J20.            Mahfuz H., Adnan Ashfaq, Rangari V. K., M. M. Hasan, S. Jeelani., W. J. Wright,  S. J. DeTeresa, “Enhancement of Strength and Stiffness of Nylon 6 filaments through carbon nanotubes reinforcement”, Applied Physics Letters, 88(8): 083119, 2006.

J21.              Mahfuz H., Adnan Ashfaq, Rangari V. K., Jeelani S., “Manufacturing and Characterization of Carbon nanotubes/Polyethylene Composites,” International Journal of Nanoscience, 4(1): 55-72, 2005. 

J22.             Nathaniel Chisholm , Hassan Mahfuz , Vijaya K. Rangari ,  Adnan Ashfaq and Shaik Jeelani, “Fabrication and mechanical characterization of carbon/SiC-epoxy nanocomposites”,  Composite Structures, 67(1): 115-124, 2005.

J23.             Mahfuz H.,Adnan Ashfaq, Rangari V. K., Jeelani S. Bor Z Jang, “Carbon nanoparticles/whiskers reinforced composites and their tensile response,” Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 35(5): 519-227, 2004.



January 2018



January 2018

UTA associate professor awarded grant to research head trauma, disorders


Dec 2017


July 17


Spring 16

UTA Inquiry Magazine (Spring 2016 Issue) MAKING CERAMICS STRONGER

Feb 16

Engineering researcher wins Naval Research support to measure when and how battlefield blasts injure brain neurons

Aug 15

Taylor, Adnan Earn Funding from America Makes Project Group

July 15

UT Arlington research could yield more resilient ceramic material to be used on spacecraft, in power plants

Sept 13

Research project hopes to make Texas highways safer

Aug 13

Civil engineers using recycled plastic pins to shore up highway slopes

Sept 12

Assistant professor shares osteoporosis research




Dr Yuan-Ting Wu

PhD in Mechanical Engineering (UTA 2015)


Current Research:

·       Computational modeling of cavitation induced neuron injury.

·       Deformation-induced electrochemical damage in neuron



PhD Students

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Fuad Hasan

PhD Candidate in Aerospace Engineering  

expected graduation -  Summer 2019


Current Research:

·       Fluid Structure Interaction

·       Damage at the neuron-ECM interface















Md Riaz Kayser


PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

expected graduation -  Summer 2020



Current Research


·       Strong and Tough Multiphase Ceramics

·       Mechanics of multiscale material.



Alireza Rezaee 

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering 

expected graduation -  Summer 2018


Current Research:

·       Numerical modeling of 3D printing process

·       Interlaminar Failure prediction of FDM parts



Hasan Al Mahmud

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering 

expected graduation -  Summer 2018



Current Research:

·      Multiscale mechanics of soft materials



Rajni Chahal

BS-PhD Student in Aerospace Engineering 

expected graduation -  Summer 2021


Current Research:

  • Carbon nanotube reinforced polymer nanocomposites


Md Ishak Khan

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering (Tentative Graduation: 2021)


Current Research:

  • Structural aspects of axon
  • Protein modeling
  • Mechanical insights on Traumatic Brain Injury



Masters Students



Megha Tangri

MS in Mechanical Engineering –

expected graduation -  Spring r 2018



Current Research:

·        Applying Classical Lamination Theory for failure prediction of 3D printed structures 






1.        Md. Farzad Sarkar, UTA (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Final Dissertation Date July 11, 2014, Graduation Summer 2014)

Currently at Zodiac Aerospace in Long Beach CA.

2.       Sheikh Fahad Ferdous, UTA (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Final Dissertation Date May 28, 2015, Graduation Summer 2015)

Currently Senior Lecturer, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

3.       ARN Nazmus Sakib, UTA (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Final Dissertation Date July 26, 2016, Graduation Summer 2016)

Currently IC Package Materials Engineer at NXP Semiconductors, Austin TX.

4.       Peter Lebo, UTA (PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Final Dissertation Date, Sept, 2016. (co-advise with Dr. Wen Chan)

Currently post-doc at Purdue University-Fort Wayne, Indiana.



1.        Farzad Sarkar, UTA: Degree: MEng (Mechanical Engineering) 2011, PhD (Mechanical Engineering) 2014

                Currently at Zodiac Aerospace in Long Beach CA.

2.       Md. Mostafijur Rahman, UTA (MEng 2014, Mechanical Engineering)

3.       Sushma Pothana, UTA (MSAE 2015, Aerospace Engineering)

   Currently at E-MC2  (Columbus OH)

4.       Zoher Lavangia, UTA (MSAE 2015, Aerospace Engineering)

    Currently at Medtronic, Fort Worth, TX

5.       Louis Parkman. UTA (MSME 2015, Mechanical Engineering)

                Currently at Corning (DFW)

6.       Manikanta Jonnalagadda, UTA (MS in Aerospace Engineering, Dec 2015)

                Currently at AVL America, MI.

7.       Sachin Jose, UTA (MS in Mechanical Engineering, Dec 2015)

                Currently at Zimmer Biomet at Warsaw, Indiana

8.       Divya Bandaru UTA (MSME 2016 Mechanical Engineering)

                Currently at Intel, Hillsboro, NJ

9.       Amit Khatri, UTA (MSME 2016, Mechanical Engineering)

Currently at Mechanical Design Engineer - Product Development, Kasai North America, Inc

10.    Justin O Compton, UTA (MS Candidate, Aerospace Engineering)

Currently at L-3 Communication, DFW area, TX

11.      Saket, Thapliyal. UTA (MSME, Mechanical Engineering)

                                                Currently at PhD in MSE, UNT

12.     Krutarth Patel, UTA (MSAE, Aerospace Engineering)

Currently at UTARI, UTA

Undergrad Researchers


1.        Narendra De, UTA, Degree: BSME (Aerospace Engineering), Obtained PhD from Purdue, Currently at APL, John Hopkins

2.       Fairuz Quazi, UTA, BSME (Mechanical Engineering) NSF REU

3.       Stephanie Luong, UTA, BSME (Mechanical Engineering) NSF REU

4.       Nabeel Khan UTA BSME (Mechanical Engineering) 

5.       Amir Shreshta UTA, Degree: BSME (Aerospace Engineering

6.       Amaranayaka, Hasintha Hiran Degree: BSME (Aerospace Engineering)

7.       Mathew Blackwell, BSME (Aerospace Engineering)

8.       John Frnka, BSME (Mechanical Engineering)