Iman Salehinia, Ph.D.

Title: Associate 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 design
  • 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


  • Mechanical Engineering Students Teaching Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2018.
  • Mechanical Engineering Students Service Award, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2018.

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

Selected Publications

  • Osama Mohsen, Daniel Mihalcea, Nathan Tom, Noah Adams, RC Dhuley, Michael I Geelhoed, Aaron McKeown, Venumadhav Korampally, Philippe Piot, Iman Salehinia, JCT Thangaraj, Tianzhe Xu, A field-enhanced conduction-cooled superconducting cavity for high-repetition-rate ultrafast electron bunch generation, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 2021, 1005, 165414.  
  • B. Abbasi, B. Muhunthan, I. Salehinia, H.M. Zbib, Nanoscale stick-slip behavior of Na-montmorillonite clay, Journal of Engineering Mechanics,  
  • A. Snyder, I. Salehinia, Study of Nanoscale Deformation Mechanisms in Bulk Hexagonal Hydroxyapatite under Uniaxial Loading using Molecular Dynamics, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 2020, 110, 103894. 
  • M. Woodall, G. Baechler, I. Salehinia, N.A. Pohlman, Mars Rover Rocker-Bogie Comparative Differential Study, International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology, 2020, 9 (4), 1874-1887.  
  • R.S. Dhumal, D. Bommidi, and I. Salehinia, Thermal conductivity of Metal-Coated Tri-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in the Presence of Vacancies- Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Nanomaterials, 2019, 9 (6), 809.  
  • D. Bommidi, R.S. Dhumal, and I. Salehinia, Study of the thermal conductivity of a metal-coated multi-walled carbon nanotube using molecular dynamics atomistic simulations, MRS Advances, 2019, 4 (8), 507-513. 
  • W. Yang, G. Ayoub, I. Salehinia, B. Mansoor, H. Zbib, The effect of layer thickness ratio on the plastic deformation mechanisms of nanoindented Ti/TiN nanolayered composite, Computational Materials Science, 2018, 154, 488-498.  
  • E. Hochmann, I. Salehinia, How convection on the substrate affects the thermal history of the build in direct laser deposition- Finite Element Analysis, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2018, 96, 3471-3480.  
  • A. Rasheed, I. Salehinia, Atomistic Simulation of Scratch Behavior of Ceramic/Metal (CerMet) Nanolaminates, MRS Advances, 2017, 2 (58-59), 3571-3576.  
  • W. Yang, G. Ayoub, I. Salehinia, B. Mansour, H. Zbib, Multiaxial tension/compression asymmetry of Ti/TiN nano laminates: MD investigation, Acta Materialia, 2017, 135, 348-360.   
  • M. Damadam, S. Shao, I. Salehinia, I. Mastorakos, G. Ayoub, H.M. Zbib, Strength and plastic deformation behavior of nanolaminate composites with pre-existing dislocations, Computational Materials Science, 2017, 138, 42-48. 
  • I. Salehinia, I. Mastorakos, H.M. Zbib, Effects of Defects on Hydrogen Diffusion in NbC, Applied Surface Science, 2017, 401, 198-205.  
  • M. Damadam, S. Shao, I. Salehinia, G. Ayoub, and H.M. Zbib, Molecular dynamics simulations of mechanical behavior in nanoscale ceramic–metallic multilayer composites, Materials Research Letters, 2017, 5, 306-313.  
  • W. Yang, G. Ayoub, I. Salehinia, B. Mansoor, H.M. Zbib, Deformation mechanisms in Ti/TiN multilayer under compressive loading, Acta Materialia, 2017, 122, 99-108.

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

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