Iman Salehinia, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: EB 212
Office Phone: 815-753-9965


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2013
  • M.Sc. in Solid Mechanics (Solid Design), Khajeh Nasir Toosi (KNT) University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2008
  • B.Sc. in Solid Mechanical Engineering, Amir Kabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran, 2004

Research Interests

  • Mechanical properties of thin films and Engineered composite nanostructures
  • Multiscale modeling using atomistic simulations, and finite element methods
  • Structural defects in metals and ceramics, stochastic mechanical behavior
  • Nanoindentation
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Metal forming processes
  • Wear and tribology


  • Graduate School Scholarship, Washington State University, Sep. 2012
  • MME Outstanding Researcher Award, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Apr. 2012.

Review Activities

  • Reviewer at Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  • Reviewer at Mechanics of Materials
  • Reviewer at Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A
  • Reviewer at JOM: the Journal of Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
  • Reviewer for Materials Research Society Symposium Proceeding
  • Reviewer for Philosophical Magazine
  • Reviewer for Computational Materials Science
  • Reviewer for NASA-EPSCoR Missouri
  • Reviewer for Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation
  • Reviewer and member of the editorial board of Journal of Nanotechnology and Material Science, OMMEGA Publishers

Professional Associations

  • Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Materials Advantage
  • Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST)

Selected Publications

  • Salehinia, W. Yang, G. Ayoub, B. Mansoor, H. Zbib, Multiaxial tension/compression asymmetry of Ti/TiN nano laminates: MD investigation, Acta Materialia, Vol. 135, 2017, 348-360
  • Salehinia, M. Damadama, S. Shaob, I. Mastorakosd, G. Ayoube, H.M. Zbib, Strength and plastic deformation behavior of nanolaminate composites with pre-existing dislocations, Computational Materials Science,Vol. 138, 2017, 42-48
  • Salehinia, A. Rasheed, Atomistic Simulation of Scratch behavior of Ceramic/Metal (CerMet) nanolaminates, MRS Advances, Materials Research Society, 2017
  • Salehinia, S. Shao, J. Wang, H.M. Zbib, Interface Structure and the Inception of Plasticity in Nb/NbC Nanolayered Composites, Acta Materialia ,2015, 86, 331-386.
  • Salehinia, S. Shao, J. Wang, H.M. Zbib, Plastic Deformation of Metal/Ceramic Nanolayered Composites, JOM, 2014, 66, 2078-2085.
  • Salehinia, J. Wang, D.F. Bahr, H.M. Zbib, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Plastic Deformation in Nb/NbC Multilayers, International Journal of Plasticity, 2014, 59, 119-132.
  • R.L. Schoeppner, N. Abdolrahim, I. Salehinia, H.M.Zbib, D.F. Bahr, Temperature Dependence in Tri-Metallic Nano-Scale Metallic Multilayer Systems, Thin Solid Films, 2014, 571 (part 2), 247-252.
  • Salehinia, D.F. Bahr, Crystal Orientation Effect on Dislocation Nucleation and Multiplication in FCC Single Crystal under Uniaxial Loading, International Journal of Plasticity, 2014, 52, 133-146.
  • Salehinia, D.F. Bahr, Mechanical Behavior of FCC Single Crystals at Finite Temperatures in the Presence of Point Defects, Materials Science and Engineering A, 2013, 588, 340-346.
  • Salehinia, S.K. Lawrence, D.F. Bahr, The Effect of Crystal Orientation on the Stochastic Behavior of Dislocation Nucleation and Multiplication during Nanoindentation, Acta Materialia, 2013, 61, 1421-1431.
  • Salehinia, D.F. Bahr, The Impact of a Variety of Point Defects on the Inception of Plastic Deformation in Dislocation Free Metals, Scripta Materialia, 2011, 66 (6), 339-342.
  • Salehinia, V. Perez and D.F. Bahr, Effect of Vacancies on Incipient Plasticity during Contact Loading, Philosophical Magazine, 2011, 92 (5), 550-570.
  • Salehinia, S.N. Medyanik, Transmission between Translational and Rotational Motions in Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nonoscience, 2011, 8, 179-188.
  • Salehinia, A.R. Shahani, Effect of sheet anisotropy on the wear in deep-drawing process of a cylindrical cup, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2009, 51, 856-868.

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, Aug. 2015-present
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Aug. 2014-Aug. 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, May 2013-Aug. 2014