- 703-993-6234 (office)
Nguyen Engineering Building, 4439
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Elham Sahraei joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Fall 2016. Sahraei has been a Research Scientist at the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014. She is the co-director of the MIT Battery Consortium, a multi-sponsor industrial program supported by major automotive and battery manufacturers such as Daimler, Jaguar Land-Rover, LG Chem, and Boston Power. She has also been a co-investigator of multiple Ford-MIT Alliance projects, and a DOE project with National Renewable Energy Lab on safety of Li-Ion batteries. Her current research is focused on characterization and computational modeling of advanced energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries) for electric vehicles.
She earned her PhD degree from the George Washington University in 2011, and completed two years of post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, where she became a Research Scientist afterwards. Besides characterization and modeling of Li-Ion batteries, her expertise includes full-scale vehicle crash analysis, occupant protection, and analysis of roadside safety structures. She is the inventor of “Collision Safety Structure,” a structure for controlled buckling of driver seats that reduces perils of frontal crashes. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as SAE Myers award, Stapp student award, and WTS scholarship. She has served as a chair person and plenary speaker for multiple conferences including Battery Safety and Battery Congress.
PhD, , George Washington University (2011)
MSc, , Sharif University of Technology
BsC, , Isfahan University of Technology
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor