Masoud Derakhshani is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Louisville, USA. He received both his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mazandaran, Iran, and Iran University of Science and Technology in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
After that, he worked for the Engineering Department of Payame-Noor University, Iran, and the Behshahr Branch of the Islamic Azad University, Iran, as a lecturer for three years. During these years, he taught the fundamental courses of solid mechanics, such as dynamics, mechanics of materials, machine dynamics, mechanical vibrations, system dynamics and control. In 2015, he was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to continue his studies towards the PhD program at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville, which he accepted and commenced in August 2015.
Masoud’s research interests mostly focus on the field of dynamics and vibrations as well as MEMS systems. He started working in this field in 2009 when he started his Master's program at Iran University of Science and Technology. His MSc thesis was focused on the analytical study on the vibration of stepped circular/annular and sectorial functionally graded plates, and he continued doing research in this field until 2015, when he joined the University of Louisville to continue his studies.
Thereafter, while he was doing some studies on the dynamic modeling of bistable systems for vibration energy harvesters, he tried to do some experimental research in the field of MEMS fabrication. Currently, the project that he is involved in includes both nonlinear dynamics and the fabrication process of a unique-designed MEMS-scale Vibration Energy Harvester.