Dr. Ghodrat, S.


My academic career started with a study in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the University of Tehran, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in September 2000. Three years later, in September 2003, I finished my MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST).

I have accumulated five years of working experience in the automotive, oil and gas industrial sectors as material specialist and quality engineer in Tehran, Iran. 

In February 2009, I started my doctoral research at the Material Innovation Institute (M2i), associated with the Materials Science and Engineering department of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). In June 2013, I defended my PhD on Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue of Compacted Graphite Iron in diesel engine components.

From March 2013 till March 2018, I carried out 5 years of postdoctoral research at Delft University of Technology in the same department where I did my PhD. In my postdoc, I continued and expanded my study of thermo-mechanical fatigue by microstructural characterization of fatigue crack morphology with the innovative technique of wide-field 3D orientation contrast microscopy.

I have worked for 6 months at “npk design bv” in Leiden and since October 2018, I have started working as an assistant professor in the Emerging Materials group of the Department of Design Engineering of TU-Delft, with a research interest in smart materials, focusing on Shape Memory Alloys.


  • Feb 2009 – Feb 2013
    PhD Materials Science and Engineering, Delft University of Technology
    Project Title: Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue of Compacted Graphite Iron in Diesel Engine Components


  • October 2018 – present
    Assistant professor, Emerging Materials, Design Engineering, TU Delft
  • April 2018 – October 2018
    npk design bv
  • March 2013 – March 2018
    Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Delft University of Technology and Ghent University (UGent), Belgium

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Smart Materials: Shape Memory Alloys
  • Materials Testing Properties and Characterization Techniques
  • Material Driven Design (MDD) 
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Designing Shape Morphing Objects

Designing a locomotive device driven by a shape memory alloy composite: a mimicry of the caterpillar movement.

Graduate student:  Naomi Atmopawiro, graduated August 30th, 2019.

The aim of the thesis was two-fold: to design and develop a soft body mechanism inspired by the movement of a caterpillar, using a Shape Memory Alloy-based (SMAs) composite, and to design material concepts based on the qualities of the composite.