Bahram Ravani

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Department Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of California, Davis
Graduate Programs Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Forensic Science and Engineering
Mailing Address Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616-5294
Email
Phone
Fax
Office
bravani@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-6130
(530) 752-6714
1013 Academic Surge

Education

  • B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Mechanical Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1976.
  • M.S., with Distinction, Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 1978.
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Design Division, 1982.

Area of thesis research: Kinematics.

Post Graduate Courses and Continuing Education:

  • Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention, UCSD School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Oct. 23-24, 1999 (only attended the first day).
  • Impact Biomechanics and Occupant Restraint Issues, Association of Advancement of Automotive Medicine, Portsmouth, NH, Oct. 16-17, 1997.
  • Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention, UCSD School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Nov. 11-12, 1995.
  • Accidental Injury: Biomechanics and Prevention, UCSD School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Nov. 16-17, 1991.
  • Biomechanics of Trauma, Institute of Medical Education and Research, San Diego, CA, Oct. 20-21, 1983.

Positions

7/92 – Present

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis.

Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from 7/96 to 7/01.

Interim Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 10/05 to present.

Also member of graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering and Forensic Science and Engineering

9/87 – 6/92

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis.

4/87 – 8/87

Tenured Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

5/82 – 4/87

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Summer 1987

Visiting Professor, Mechanical and Production Engineering Department, Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium.

12/84 – 1/86

Visiting Member of Technical Staff, IBM Corporation, Boca Raton, Florida.

1979 – 82

Project Engineer, TSR Corporation. Performed field data collection, accident investigation, analysis, and research in bio-mechanics of trauma and crash mechanics.

1987 – Present

Providing consulting in the areas of collision mechanics and biomechanics through TSR Corporation.

Areas of Research

  • Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Advanced Stress Analysis and Design
  • Computer-Aided Design and Computations
  • Collision Mechanics and Biomechanics
  • Forensic Evaluation of Accidents and Trauma
  • Mechatronics and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Awards and Honors

  • Machine Design Award from ASME for Research Contributions in Kinematics and Computer-Aided Design, 2005.
  • Dedicated Service Award, ASME, 2004.
  • Gustus Larson Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements in Mechanical Engineering within 10 to 20 years of Graduation, ASME.
  • Elected as Fellow of ASME, April 1997.
  • Design Automation Award for sustained and meritorious contributions to the field of Design Automation, ASME, 1997.
  • Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1987.
  • Honorary Fellow, Mathematics Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984-87.
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Tau Sigma, Pi Mu Epsilon.
  • M.S. Degree with Distinction.
  • B. S. Degree Magna Cum Laude.
  • Tenneco Engineering Excellence Incentive Award.

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member of the Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Member of the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine
  • Member of the International Society of Biomechanics

Courses and Lectures

Topics include the following.

  • Dynamics
  • Kinematics
  • Metchanical Design
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Robotics
  • Biomechanics of Impact
  • Biomechanics of Trauma
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Forensic Biomechanics
  • Stress and Strain Analysis