The High Performance Materials and Structures Lab

Our group is focused on studying the mechanical behavior and performance of materials and structures, at various scales from nanowires and living cells to ships and buildings. Our special interest and expertise is development of new concepts and designs for enhancing the performance of structures and materials. We use a combination of methods that range from simple observations and simple scaling laws to detailed computational models and sophisticated experimental equipments to carry out our work.

Topics of our work are generally motivated by considering the current challenges and needs in structures, mechanics, materials including biomaterials and biomechanics and nanotechnology. Many of these topics are initiated and carried out via our industrial collaborations.

Recent Publications

  • Origami-inspired Cellular Metamaterial with Anisotropic Multi-stability
    S. Kamrava, R. Ghosh, Z. Wang, & A. Vaziri, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2018, In Press.
  • Sandwich Structures with Prismatic and Foam Cores: A Review
    J. Xiong, Y. Du, D. Mousanezhad, M. Eydani Asl, J. Norato, & A. Vaziri, Advanced Engineering Materials, 2018, In Press.
  • Reprogrammable Braille on an elastic shell Click here for abstract
    J. Y. Chung, A. Vaziri, & L. Mahadevan, Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences, 2018, 201722342.
  • Topology Optimization of Structures Made of Discrete Geometric Components with Different Materials Click here for abstract
    H. Kazemi, A. Vaziri, & J. Norato, Journal of Mechanical Design, 2018, in press.
  • Blast-Resilience of Honeycomb Sandwich Panels Click here for abstract
    H. Ebrahimi, L. Keyvani Someh, J. Norato & A. Vaziri, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 2018, 144(2018) 1-9.
  • 3D cellular metamaterials with planar anti-chiral topology Click here for abstract
    H. Ebrahimi, D. Mousanezhad, H. Nayeb-Hashemi, J. Norato & A. Vaziri, Materials & Design, 2018, 145(2018) 226-231.
  • Programmable Origami Strings Click here for abstract
    S. Kamrava, D. Mousanezhad, S. M. Felton, & A. Vaziri, Advanced Material Technologies, 2018, 3, 1700276.
  • Mechanical properties and failure mechanisms of sandwich panels with ultra-lightweight three-dimensional hierarchical lattice cores Click here for abstract
    Q. Wu, Y. Gao, X. Wei, D. Mousanezhad, L. MA, A. Vaziri, & J. Xiong, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018, 132-133, 171-187.
  • Thermal conductivity of biomimetic leaf composite Click here for abstract
    G. Liu, R. Ghosh, D. Mousanezhad, A. Vaziri, & H. Nayeb-Hashemi, Journal of Composite Materials, 2018, in press.

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2018

Contact Information:

Ashkan Vaziri, Vitae:  Click here for PDF version of c.v.

Professor, Northeastern University

Associate Technical Editor, Experimental Mechanics


Recent News

Drs. Vaziri and Nayeb-Hashemi awarded three international grants from Qatar Foundation.

Dr. Vaziri won 2012 Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award.

Babak Haghpanah won the 2012 College of Engineering RA Award.

Dr. Vaziri awarded NSF CAREER award.

The paper by Vaziri and Hutchinson (IJSS, 2007) is amongst the most-cited articles of the journal published since 2007.

Our PRL paper on wrinkling of pressurized shells was featured in Physics World.

Jian Xiong was awarded the "Young Scientist Award" by the organizing committee of Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting (ACE-X2011) conference.

'A step forward in arthritis prevention', a news article published Jan 12, 2011 at Northeastern University homepage

The article "High Aspect Ratio Wrinkles on a Soft Polymer" was one of the top ten most-read articles of the journal in November 2010.


Several graduate, and undergraduate research positions are available. If you are interested, please email your CV along with a cover letter expressing your background and research interests to Professor Ashkan Vaziri.

Northeastern is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from under-represented groups such as women and minorities.

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