Jaafar A. El-Awady
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Primary Appointment)
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (Secondary Appointment)
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
M.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (2003)
B.S., Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt (2001)

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  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, CMMI Mechanics of Materials (2015)
  • ASME Materials Division Orr Early Career Award (2014)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2012)
  • Outstanding PhD Award in Aerospace Engineering, from the Henri Samuali School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
  • Collegiate All-American Scholar Award (2004)
  • The Egyptian Engineering Syndicate Award, for the first on class graduates from Egyptian Engineering Schools, September (2001)
  • The Board of Egyptian Universities, first place award for the best engineering project designed by an undergraduate student team (2001)
  • Ideal Student Silver Award, from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University (2000)

Jaafar El-Awady Received his Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt. He then received a Masters Degree from Cairo University studying stress wave propagation and dynamic failure of truss structures under impact loads. Subsequently, Jaafar received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles where he developed a new microstructure-based modeling tool by coupling the discrete dislocation dynamics method and the boundary element method to systematically predict the mechanical properties of small scale metal volumes.

This work lead to one of the initial simulations that identified the role of the weakest-links in controlling size effects in plasticity of metals. Jaafar then joined the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory as a visiting scientist between September 2008 and September 2010. There he combined micromechanics-based computational methods with state of the art microscale experimental techniques for the prediction of plasticity of metals at the microstructural level. This is critical in addressing the needs for creating next generation materials.

In September 2010, Jaafar joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University where he started the Computational Materials Engineering Laboratory with a primarily focused on developing a fundamental understanding of the underlying deformation mechanism in materials. The goal of his research group is to enhance the field of Materials-by-Design, by moving from empirical, trial-and-error development techniques of materials, to a combination of state of the art multiscale computational methods and experimental techniques that can result in expediting the process of developing reliable materials with superior performance.


Left to right: Hussein, Srivastava, Sim, El-Awady, Fan, Aramoon, Lavenstein, Molaeinia, Jiao (June 2015)

Left to right: Tang, Hussein, El-Awady, Aramoon, Zhang (May 2013)

PostDoctoral Fellows

  • Yejun Gu
    (Since: 09/2016)
    Discrete Dislocation Dynamics Simulations of Hydrogen-Dislocation Interactions
  • Xiawa Wu
    (Since: 06/2017)
    Coarse Grained Simulations of Polymers

Ph.D. Students

  • Quan Jiao
    (Since: 09/2013)
    In Situ SEM Experiments
  • Steven Lavenstein
    (Since: 09/2014)
    In Situ SEM Fatigue Experiments
  • Mohamed Hamza
    (Since: 09/2015)
    Discrete Dislocation Dynamics Modeling
  • Harsh Harsh
    (Since: 09/2016)
    Discrete Dislocation Dynamics Modeling

Undergraduate Students

Former Postdocs

  • Kinshuk Srivastava
    (03/2015 - 06/2017)
    Current Position:
    Group leader/Project Manager
    Current Affiliation:
    Dillinger Huette, Germany
  • Gi-Dong Sim
    (10/2014 - 02/2017)
    Current Position:
    Current Affiliation:
    Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • Haidong Fan
    (07/2013 - 07/2015)
    Current Position:
    Associate Professor
    Current Affiliation:
    Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Yizhe Tang (1/2012 - 6/2014) Current Position:
    Associate Professor
    Current Affiliation:
    Shanghai Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics,
    Shanghai University,
    Shanghai 200072, China

Former PhD Students

  • Amin Aramoon
    (09/2012 - 10/2016)
    Thesis Title:
    A Multiscale Computational Framework to Predict Deformation and Failure in Polymer Matrix Composites
    Current Position:
    Senior Research Engineer Current Affiliation:
    Apogee Research, LLC., Arlington, VA
  • Ahmed Mostafa Hussein
    (01/2011 - 08/2015)
    Thesis Title:
    Dislocation Microstructure and Surface Roughness Evolution in Single and Multi-Phase Microcrystals
    Current Position:
    Senior Fluid Dynamics Engineer
    Current Affiliation:
    Canon Nanotechnologies, Austin, TX

Former Masters Students

  • Zara Molaeinia (09/2014 - 05/2016)
  • Yaofang (Katherine) Zhang (09/2012 - 01/2014)
  • Pegah Ghahrmani (09/2011 - 06/2013)

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Ryenne Dietrick
    (06/2016 - 08/2017)
    Developing postprocessing codes for analysing outputs from coarse-grained materials simulations
  • Sapreen Abbass
    (Since: 06/2016)
    Current Position:
    Junior Systems Engineer at Kanaan Consulting US, INC
  • Neil Fendley
    (04/2015 - 01/2016)
    Current Position:
    Undergraduate Student at Johns Hopkins University Email:
  • Thomas Liu
    (01/2013 - 06/2015)
    Current Position:
    M.Sc. student at Purdue University Email: