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Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

Associate Professor, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering

Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb

Professor Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb joined Georgia Tech in summer 2007 as an Assistant Professor at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Prior to this, she was a Senior Engineer in the Materials and Device R&D group of MEMS Research and Innovation Center at QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc. Her work included characterization and optimization of optical and electric response of IMOD displays and research on novel materials for improved processing and reliability of IMOD.

Professor Bassiri-Gharb's research interests are in smart and energy-related materials (e.g. ferroelectric and multiferroic materials) and their application to nano- and micro-electromechanical systems. Her research projects integrate novel micro and nanofabrication techniques and processes and study of the fundamental science of these materials at the nanoscale, at the interface of physical and electrochemical phenomena.

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Micro and nano engineering and mechanics of materials
  • Ferroelectric thin films and nanostructures: synthesis and characterization
  • Coupling of physical phenomena and electrochemical reactions at the submicron scale
  • Piezoelectric NEMS/MEMS sensors and actuators


Awards and Distinctions: 
  • 2013, NSF CAREER Award
  • 2012, Georgia Institute of Technology, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow
  • 2011, Bennett Aerospace, Researcher of the Year Award
  • 2008-2013, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society (UFFC-S): Newsletter, Editor in Chief
  • 2011-present, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, Associate Editor
  • 2008-2013, IEEE Nanotechnology Council, UFFC-S AdCom Representative
  • 2008-2013, IEEE Women in Engineering, UFFC-S Society Liaison
  • 2007-present Journal of Electroceramics Editorial Board
  • 2004, IEEE UFFC-S Joint Symposia, Outstanding Student Paper Award
  • 2005, Society of Women Engineers, General Motors Award
  • Faculty, The George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty, School of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Principal Investigator, Smart Materials' Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) Laboratory




The Pennsylvania State University, 2005
(Laurea), University of Padua, Italy, 2001