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Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei

  • Phone: (919) 513-2674
  • Office: Engineering Building III (EB3) 3250


1997 – Ph.D. The University of Tokyo, Japan
1986 – B. S. Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Industrial Course Work

1991 – Welding Engineering & Welding Technology, IHI Corporation of Japan
1990 – Ultrasonic Inspection, Iranian Center for Non-Destructive Testing

Short Bio

Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei received her Ph.D. in 1997 at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo, Japan. She dealt with advanced materials within the area of mechanics and non-destructive evaluation of metal matrix composites. Immediately after receiving her doctoral degree, she worked at Harvard University as a Post Doctoral Researcher until 2000. Before that, she gained overeight8 years of industrial experience in the field of materials science & processing techniques, including casting, welding, and non-destructive testing. She received her BS in 1986 from the Department of Metallurgy & Material Science at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Additionally, she is fluent in English, Japanese, and Persian. More information on Dr. Rabiei’s publications can be found by clicking on the link.

Professional Experience

Aug. 2013 – present
Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, North Carolina State University.
July 2007 – Aug. 2013
Associate Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, North Carolina State University.
Aug. 2000 – July 2007
Assistant Professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, North Carolina State University.
May. 2003 – present
Associate Faculty at the BioMedical Engineering Department, North Carolina State University.
Oct. 2002 – Jan. 2003
Consulting Senior Scientist, Spire Biomedical, Bedford, MA, on bio-materials processing and surface modification of materials for biomedical applications.
Jan. 2002 – Jul. 2002
Visiting Professor at the Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Department, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
1999 – 2000
Consulting Scientist, Nortel Networks, Wilmington, MA, on reliability and materials issues for electronic product packaging and MEMS.
Nov. 1997 – 2000
Post Doc fellow, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1994 – 1997
Research Assistant, Advanced Materials Lab, Research Center for Advanced Science & Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo

1986 – 1994

Companies affiliated with the Iranian Ministry of Heavy Industries, Tehran – Iran

1992-1994: Industrial Consultant for designing and establishing a research center for the “Alloy Steel Project,” National Steel Company
1990-1994: Head of Materials & Metallurgy group in the Design & Engineering Department, AZARAB Industries. Materials selection, welding procedures, and Non-Destructive testing for boilers and pressure vessels.
1988-1990: Engineer, Melting and Casting Department Shahid Bahonar Copper Industries (SBCI.)
1987-1988: Research Engineer, R&D, Heavy Equipment Production Company (HEPCO)
1986-l987: Research Engineer, Metallurgical group, Iranian Center for Industrial Research and Development

Scholarly & Professional Honors

April 2019 – Alcoa Foundation Engineering Research Award
April 2017 – Pioneer in Technology award, Society for brain mapping and therapeutics
Member of the board Society for brain mapping and therapeutics
NCSU- COE and MAE nomination for 2015 University faculty scholar award
2012 – NCSU Chancellor’s Innovation Award
Spring 2012 – Fellow of Brain Mapping Foundation, Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics (SBMT)
Nominated for “Thank a Teacher” recognition of 2011-12 and 2017-18 office of faculty development
Feb. 2003 – National Science Foundation (NSF)-CAREER award
1995 – Excellent Poster Award on “Fracture behavior in 6061 Al alloy matrix composites with different reinforcements”, JIM international symposia on advanced materials and Technology for the 21st century, in cooperation with TMS, cosponsored by ASM, KIM, ISIJ, and MMIJ, Hawaii
1994 – 1997 – Japanese Ministry of Higher Education Scholarship (MONBUSHO) funded for the whole period of the Ph.D. program.
1991 – Excellent Paper Award on “Welding of Plastics” in the first Welding Engineering Seminar, Arak, Iran
1993- Excellent Paper Award, Training Seminar of Modern Systems for Welding, College of Technical Training, Tehran, Iran