Dr. Nader Vahdati
Dr. nader vahdati Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
nader.vahdati@ku.ac.ae +97123123429


Dr. Nader Vahdati is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at Khalifa University. Before the merger of Petroleum Institute with Khalifa University, Dr. Vahdati served as a Deputy Chair, and Department Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2010 till 2017. Prior to the Khalifa University/Petroleum Institute, he was with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore from 2001 to 2010. While at NTU, he did his research on hard disk drives, MR-fluid dampers and rotary brakes, heath or condition monitoring systems and integrated sensors, and semi-active/active hydraulic engine mounts. He also held the position of Director of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Part-time Program for 6 years. Prior to NTU, Dr. Vahdati spent 12 years in industry (Lord Corporation) and he held the position of staff engineer/Application Analytics Group Supervisor. During his tenure at Lord, he worked on active/semi-active suspension system, involving sensors, actuators, and controllers used for automotive and aerospace applications. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, in System Dynamics and Controls.

  • PhD in System Dynamics and Controls, University Of California Davis

  • Controls
  • Advanced Vibrations
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Modeling and Simulations

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Healthcare Engineering Innovation Center

Research Interests
  • Fiber optics based sensors, corrosion detection sensors, scale detection sensors, gas hydrate detection sensors, biomedical sensors and devices,
  • active/semi-active vibration and noise control, controllable fluids (ER and MR) and devices, and smart materials and devices.

Research Projects

  • Pipeline System Integrity Management (PSIM) Research Project, (Sponsor: ADNOC/KU, Principal Investigator: Nader Vahdati, 2015-2020, funding: $7 Million dollars. A joint project between KU, UMD and ADNOC. The focus of PSIM research project was on Fiber optics based corrosion sensors for detection of external and internal corrosion of oil and gas pipelines, fundamentals of corrosion, and Prognosis and Health Monitoring Research.

  • Nonlinear Hydraulic Engine Mounts (Sponsor: KU, Principal Investigator: Nader Vahdati) and Electronic Hydraulic Engine Mounts (Sponsor:  KU, Principal Investigator: Nader Vahdati). In the above two research projects, research is ongoing to develop hydraulic engine mount designs that are sensitive to deflection (decoupler plate is removed and replaced with a new design) and fluid is removed but hydraulic engine mount behavior is retained.

      Intraocular Pressure (IOP) Measurement Using Sound Waves (Sponsor: HEIC, Principal Investigator: Nader Vahdati)

In this project, Imbert-ficks validity is being investigated.

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Mr Venkata Sai Sri Harsha Medicharla Ravi Chandra Medicharla MSc Graduate Student
Miss Aamna Saleh Alshaer Alteneiji MSc Graduate Student