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Dr. Leila Ladani

Dr. Leila Ladani

Professor , UTA MAE and UTARI Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies

Group: Research / Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies




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Professor Leila Ladani joins the College of Engineering from University of Connecticut where she held a position of associate professor with tenure in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and was the director of 3M laboratory. She is an internationally recognized expert in multi-scale manufacturing and mechanics. Her current research funded by Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell and NSF focuses on bridging between different manufacturing scales from nano to bulk level to develop new processes for fabrication of multifunctional materials for advanced applications. In addition to being part of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UTA, she is a researcher at University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) and Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies (IPPM) led by Professor Kenneth Reifsnider, a world renowned scientists in the area of materials and mechanics and member of National Academy of Engineers and National Academy of Inventors.   

Dr. Ladani has held leadership positions in the professional community including chair of ASME MD sub-division for Electronic Materials, and co-chair of ASME EPPD Emerging Technologies sub-division and several others. The impact of her research has been recognized through numerous awards and recognitions including ASME EPPD Women Engineer Award, Pi Tau Sigma Honorary faculty member, Hutchin’s grant, Amelia Earhart Grant, ASEE AFOSR Faculty Fellowship, APSIH Academic achievement award, UMD Goldhaber Award, and several others. She is actively engaged in professional societies including ASME, TMS, and ASEE and is currently on the editorial board of Journal of Materials Science and Engineering A. Her service to the community includes chairing and organizing many technical symposiums such as MSEC Symposium on Mechanical Characterization and Measurement Techniques, Symposium on Emerging Technologies for IMECE, Symposium on Mechanics of Composite Structures and Health Monitoring Sensors and many others. She has guest edited several special issues in the areas of materials and manufacturing. She is an active proposal reviewer for NSF, DoD, NASA, National Academies and international organization such as IWT and SIM Belgium and Canadian Ministry of Research and Innovation. She is also a recipient of more than $3.5 M research grants from federal and industrial agencies. Dr. Ladani has been invited to give talks on her research more than 30 times and is the author and inventor of more than 100 technical peer reviewed publications and patents. Her graduate students have all obtained leadership positions in academia, federal agencies such as Airforce, Navy as well as industry. Her work in manufacturing was featured by WNPR and recognized by the Senator Blumenthal of State of Connecticut through Connecticut Women of Innovation. Dr. Ladani received her second Master of Science and PhD from University of Maryland at College Park in the area of Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and 2007 respectively. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor and Master of Science, both in Mechanical Engineering with honor from Isfahan University of Technology in 1999 and 2001 respectively.