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Ashraf Bastawros

Assistant Professor

Department of Aerospace Eng. and Eng. Mechanics

515-294-3039 |




      Ph.D.   Engineering                         Brown University, Providence, RI         1997

      M.S.    Applied Mathematics          Brown University, Providence, RI         1995

      M.S.    Mechanical Engineering       Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt              1991

      B.S.     Mechanical Engineering       Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt              1988


Honors and Awards


ASME, Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division Recognition                          2003           

NSF CAREER award                                                                                         2002           

Outstanding faculty member at Iowa State University, VESHEA                           2000

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, JEP, Outstanding Paper Award         1999

Brown University chapter of Sigma Xi award for outstanding research work         1996

Distinction Award, Cairo University                                                                     1984-1988


Academic Experience


Assistant Professor, Aero. Eng. & Eng. Mech., Iowa State University,                  8/99  -present      

Assistant Professor, courtesy Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University        10/02-present        

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA                                    9/96 -7/99

Research Assistant, Brown University, Providence, RI                                          9/92 -5/96

Instructor, Cairo, Egypt                                                                                        10/88-5/91



Industrial and Other Non-Academic Experience


Visiting Engineer, The Rexroth Corporation, Bethlehem, PA                 7/90 12/90

Practical Training, Helsinki Energy Board, Helsinki, Finland                  6/87 10/87




Nuvera Fuel Cells, Cambridge, MA                                                      2/006/00   

Rockwell Science Center, Thousand Oaks, CA                                     1/98-7/99                 

SatCon Technology Corporation Cambridge, MA                                 1/98-6/98                 

Phelps Dodge Copper Products Company, Norwich, CT                      9/94-10/94               

OCG Microelectronic Materials, Inc. Providence, RI.                            6/95-9/95                 

Current Research Areas


Mechanics of cellular materials

Size effects in the deformation of dense materials

Mechanics of chemical mechanical polishing

Mechanics of grinding and surface machining

Mechanics of coatings for orthopedic and dental implants

Surface instabilities driven by stresses and chemical attacks


Courses Taught at ISU


      AeroE 462       Design of Aerospace Systems

      EM 324           Introduction to Mechanics of Materials

      EM 417           Experimental Mechanics (Undergraduate)

      EM 517           Experimental Mechanics (Graduate)

      MATE 271      An Introduction to Material Science for Engineers

      EM 590F         Special Topics on Dislocation and Plasticity



Comments and suggestions should be sent to:
phone: 515-294-3039

  2001, Ashraf F. Bastawros (revised 5 January 2001)