Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Mehdi Pourazady, Ph.D.

pourazadyAssociate Professor Emeritus

Mechanical, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department

Nitschke Hall 4036
Phone: (419) 530-8221
FAX: (419) 530-8206




Dr. Pourazady is currently Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toledo. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1985. Dr. Pourazady research specialties are in the area of Finite Element Analysis, and Computer Aided Design. For the last ten years, he has been involved in research projects related to Finite Element Analysis and Shape Optimization of Machine Components.

Dr. Pourazady has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Finite Element methods, Vibrations, Dynamics, Kinematics, and Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. He has supervised and served as the Chairman of MSME Thesis Committee for 16 graduate students in the MIME Department at the University of Toledo.

Research Interests

  • Direct Manipulation of NURBS Curves and Surfaces,
  • Finite Element Simulation of Metal Forming Processes,
  • Mesh Generation and Adaptive Mesh Refinement,
  • Geometric Modeling of Spiral Bevel Gears.


  • "Three Dimensional Mesh generation from a Set of Digitized Data", Edison Industrial System Center, $58843.
  • "Flow and Convective Heat Transfer Analysis of Bosch Fuel Injection Fuel rail", Sharon Manufacturing Company, $25801.
  • "Finite Element Analysis of the Seat Risers of a Jeep", Applied Technologies Inc., $6000.


  • M. Pourazady, R.L. Huston, M.L. Brown, "Computer Modeling of the Effects of Cyclic Loading on a Viscoelastic Slab", Journal of Computers & Structures, 1987, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 235-240.
  • M. Pourazady, R.L. Huston, M.L. Brown, "Computer Modeling of the Effects of Cyclic Loading on a Viscoelastic Rod", Journal of Computers & Structures, 1988, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 275-282.
  • K. Harish, M. Pourazady, R.L. Huston, "Resonant Frequencies of a Dynamically Loaded Viscoelastic Rod", Journal of Computers & Structures, 1988, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 657-660.
  • M. Pourazady, K. Harish, "Thermal Response of a Dynamically Loaded Viscoelastic Rod With a Variable Thermal Conductivity", AIAA Journal, Technical Notes, 1990, pp. 173-175
  • M. Pourazady, L. Ho, "Collision Avoidance Control of Redundant Manipulators", Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory, 1990, Vol. 26, No. 6, pp. 603-611.
  • M. Pourazady, M. Radhakrishnan, " Optimization of a Triangular Mesh", Journal of Computers & Structures, 1991, Vol. 40, No. 3, pp. 795-804.
  • M. Pourazady, Z. Fu, "An Integrated Approach to Structural Shape Optimization", Journal of Computers & Structures, 1996, Vol 60, No. 2, pp. 269-279.
  • M., Pourazady, M. Radhakrishnan, "Adaptive Mesh Refinement Based on the Delaunay Triangulation Method", Submitted for publication in the Journal of Computers & Structures, 1997.
  • M., Pourazady, R., Meta, "Finite element Modeling and Mesh Optimization of Metal Forming Processes", Submitted for publication in the Journal of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 1997.
  • M. Pourazady, Y. Kim, "Structural Dynamics Sensitivity and Modifications", Presented at the Twelfth Biennial ASME Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Sept. 1989.
  • P. Somprakit, M. Pourazady, R.L. Huston, "Effects of Fitting Parameters on Spur Gear Stresses", Presented at the ASME 5th International Power Transmission and Gearing Conference, Chicago, April 1989.


  • MIME 3360 Vibration Laboratory
  • MIME 3330 Mechanics Laboratory
  • MIME 3320 Mechanical DesignII
  • MIME 6210/8210 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations
  • MIME 2300 Engineering Dynamics
  • MIME 4070 CAM
  • MIME 6000/8000 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
  • MIME 6100/8100 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
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