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  • 2055 H.M. Comer Hall
  • Phone (205) 348-5056
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Dr. S. Nima Mahmoodi

Associate Professor


  • 2055 H.M. Comer Hall
  • phone (205) 348-5056
  • Email


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2007
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modarres University, Iran, 2000
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran, 1998

Dr. S. Nima Mahmoodi conducts fundamental and applied research in the areas of dynamics, vibrations and control of mechanical systems. His current research is focused on nonlinear dynamics of piezoelectrically-actuated nanomechanical sensors, learning control and automations, multi-agent control systems, energy harvesting using smart materials, and active vibration control of structures with piezoelectric actuators and sensors.

Mahmoodi’s teaching and research is focused on dynamics and control with applications to mechatronics. His research and teaching interests include:

  • Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems including MEMS
  • Design and Analysis of Linear and Nonlinear Control Systems
  • Decentralized Multi-Agent Sensing and Control Systems
  • Human-Robot Interactions using Mechatronic Systems
  • Learning-Control for Automation
  • Programming Based Analysis for Dynamic Systems

Mahmoodi has two registered patents and over 50 journal papers. He is currently the director of the Nonlinear Intelligent Structures, or NIS, laboratory.

Affiliated Areas
Mechanical Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Omidi, E., and Mahmoodi, S.N., “Dynamic Sweep-Plow Microcantilever”, U.S. Patent No. 9,761,787, Issued on July 16, 2019.
  • Zargarani, A., and Mahmoodi, S.N., “Circuit Optimization for Enhancing the Output Power of a Piezoelectric Energy Harvester”, International Journal of Applied Science1(2), 6-20 (2018)
  • Omidi, E., and Mahmoodi, S.N. “Active Vibration Control of Structures Using A Leader-Follower Based Consensus Design”, Journal of Vibration and Control24(1), 60-72 (2018)
  • O’Donnell, J., Zargarani, A., and Mahmoodi, S.N., “Torsional Tip Motion of Double Beam Atomic Force Microscopy”, Proceeding of the 2018 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/IEC), Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (August 26-29, 2018)
  • Omidi, E., and Mahmoodi, S.N. “Robust Optimal Consensus State Estimator for A Piezoactive Distributed Parameter System”, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control138(9), 091011 (2016)

Awards and Honors

  • Member of National Academy of Inventors
  • Herbert Kuenzel Award for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Pi Tau Sigma, The University of Alabama
  • Reviewer Recognition by Journal of Sound and Vibrations
  • Associate Editor of “Journal of Vibration and Control”
  • Member and Chair (2017-2018), Vice chair (2015-2017), and Secretary (2014-2015) of the Vibrations Technical Committee in ASME-Dynamic Systems and Control Division

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