Azadeh Sheidaei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Iowa State University

Fri., Nov. 15, 10:00 am
Milner Executive Boardroom (0560 MEK)

The development of a predictive model for bone remodeling is becoming increasingly important for medical applications such as bone surgery or bone substitutes like prostheses. However, as bone remodeling is a complex multiphysics phenomenon and difficult to quantify experimentally, predictive numerical models remain, at best, phenomenologically driven. Patient dependency is often ignored as its influence is usually considered secondary, although it is known to play an important role over long periods of time. Another difficulty to study this patient dependency is the availability of experimental samples to carry out extensive analyses. In this talk, I present our recently developed microstructure-based bone remodeling computational model, where we only need two normal slices of the microstructure from patient to predict the long-term degradation of the bone.

Azadeh Sheidaei is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames (ISU). She obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2009 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Sheidaei’s main research area is “multiscale characterization and computational modeling of advanced material systems such as polymer reinforced composites.” During her graduate study at MSU (2009-2015), she worked at Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC) where she worked on numerous research and industrial projects. Those span over the areas of structural integrity of composites, development of constitutive models and computational tools to predict the mechanical behavior of novel materials such as nanocomposites, computational modeling of soft tissue and power sources such as lithium-ion battery and fuel cells. Dr. Sheidaei has received several research and educational grants from NSF, CAAT (Center for Advanced Automotive Technology) and KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network). Dr. Sheidaei is a recipient of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, which is presented to women pursuing a doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences and engineering.