Dr. Mehran Elahi is a professor in the Department of Technology at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and MS and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He was a Post Doc Fellow at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Mechanical and Aerospace Department) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Engineering Technology Division) where he worked on projects dealing with lightweight structures for offshore and automotive applications respectively. He joined the ECSU’s Department of Technology on Jan 2004 where he served as the department chair from 2006 to 2011.
His academic research trainings are in solid mechanics, experimental characterization, theoretical modeling and failure analysis of engineering materials (fatigue, creep, …) with special emphasis on polymeric and ceramic matrix composite materials with aerospace, offshore and high temperature applications. Currently, he is also involved in Renewable Energy Technologies and the curriculum development for the related technologies.
He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses at ECSU such as Intro. to Engineering Technology, Quality Assurance, Materials & Processes (Material Science & Manufacturing Processes), Applied Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics), Strength of Materials, Mechanical Systems (Mechanisms), Fluid Power Technology, Thermal Systems (Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer), Electrical Circuits, Renewable Energy Technologies, Wind and Hydro Power Systems, and Solar PV Systems.