Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Ali Fatemi, Ph.D.

fatemiDistinguished University Professor Emeritus 

Contact Information

Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department
Nitschke Hall 4055 
Phone: (419) 530-8213
FAX: (419) 530-8213



Dr. Fatemi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in structural analysis and design and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985, all from The University of Iowa. He was on the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University-Fort Wayne from 1985 to 1987 and has been on the faculty of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo since 1987. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991, and to Professor in 1996. He is currently a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Fatemi has taught many subjects in mechanics and design. At the graduate level, he has been teaching courses on fatigue of materials and structures, fracture mechanics, advanced mechanics of materials and mechanics of composite materials, and experimental mechanics. He has directed theses and dissertations of more than 50 students at the master and doctoral levels, as well as working with post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Fatemi's primary research interests and publications involve materials mechanical behavior in general, and in fatigue and fracture mechanics in particular. He has published over 200 refereed papers dealing with fatigue and fracture, both at the basic level helping to understand fundamental fatigue damage mechanisms as well as in the applied areas facilitating applications of the knowledge learned to the design and life prediction of engineering components and structures. He has co-authored the second edition of a fatigue textbook entitled "Metal Fatigue in Engineering" published by Wiley in 2000. A list of Dr. Fatemi's publications can be found at "Google". Dr. Fatemi has had sponsored research projects from many companies, foundations, and government agencies. Most of these research projects are/were carried out in the Fatigue and Fracture Laboratory at UT. This experimental research laboratory houses state of the art equipment including several servo-hydraulic testing systems.

Dr. Fatemi is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E-8 on Fatigue and Fracture, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Fatigue, Theoretical, and Applied Fracture Mechanics and the Journal of Advances in Mechanical Engineering. He has received several awards for his research, including the University of Toledo Outstanding Research Award in 2002, and the Sigma Xi/Dion Raftopoulos Award for Outstanding Research in 2008. He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of and a Keynote Speaker at international conferences on fatigue and fracture. 

Research Interests

  • Fatigue,
  • Fracture Mechanics,
  • Additive Manufacturing,
  • Multiaxial Fatigue,
  • Failure Analysis,
  • Materials Mechanical Behavior,
  • Fatigue of  Polymers and Elastomers,
  • Composite Materials,
  • Damage Mechanics,
  • Mechanical Design,
  • Experimental Mechanics.

Fatigue and Fracture Research Laboratory


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R.I. Stephens, A. Fatemi, R.R. Stephens, and H.O. Fuchs, "Metal Fatigue in Engineering," Second Edition, Wiley Interscience, 2000.

Last Updated: 6/27/22