Research Group

Principal Investigator
Reza Montazami
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering2094 Black Engineering
(515) 294-8733
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Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
M.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech
B.S. Physics (Astronomy Minor), Virginia Tech

Selected Honors and Awards
– Award for Excellence in Honors Mentoring (2018)
– Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, Iowa State University (2015)
– Omicron Delta Kappa (ΟΔΚ) Honor Society Award, Virginia Tech (2010)
– Citizen Scholar Award, Graduate School, Virginia Tech (2008)
– Best Poster Award, Biomimetic and Biomaterials Symposium, Lugano-Switzerland (2008)
– Graduate Research and Development Award, Virginia Tech (2008)
– Notable Accomplishment and Presentation of Research Award, American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, North Carolina (2007)
– Research Experience for Undergraduates Scholarship, National Science Foundation (2006 and 2007)

Graduate Research Assistants
Cindu Annand
Ph.D. Candidate, ​Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

M.S. ​Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2015
B.S. ​Chemical Engineering (Food Science Minor), Iowa State University, 2013

Honors and Awards
– Professional Advancement Grant (2015, 2017, 2018)
– Malaysian Public Service Department Scholarship (2009-2013)

Samantha Trimble
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering,
University of Tennessee, 2019

Honors and Awards
– F. Wendell Miller Scholar (2019-2022)

– Graduate College Scholar (2019-2022)

Mehrnoosh Taghavimehr
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
M.S. Polymer Engineering, Trabiat Modares University, 2016
B.S. Polymer Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2013

Honors and Awards
– Galloway Scholar (2019-2020)

Issac Lun
M.S. Student, Mechanical Engineering
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2017
Undergraduate Assistants

Olivia Bogle​
Mechanical Engineering

Austin Bray​
Mechanical Engineering

Sarah Kreutner​
Technical Communication

Haley Hood​
Mechanical Engineering

Zachary Rauth
Mechanical Engineering
Freshman, HONORS

Xingbang Zhao

Materials Engineering


Richard Effler
M.S. 2019
Prof. Reihaneh Jamshidi
University of Hartford
Prof. Yuanfen Chen
Guangxi University (China)
Prof. Abdallah Almomani
Jordan University of Science and Technology
Dr. Wangyujue Hong
Prof. Simge Cinar
Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Prof. Handan Acar
Biomedical Engr.
University of Oklahoma
Mitchel Michel
Iowa State University
Peng Li
M.S. 2017
Mingchang Lu
M.S. 2016
Ruisi Zhang
M.S. 2013
Shelby Bicknell
NSF-REU Research Assistant
Pittsburg State University


Complete List of Former Group Members


Montazami Group (2016)
Montazami Group (2015)
Montazami Group (2014)
Montazami Group (2013)

Prof. Montazami’s interview @ NPR

Research Featured on FOX NEWS

Research Featured on CBS-KCCI

Selected Media