Research Topics

  • Computational mechanics
  • Design optimization

Professor Sharif Rahman's research interests include multiscale mechanics of heterogeneous media, mathematical models of random microstructure, uncertainty quantification of high-dimensional complex systems, random eigenvalue problems, and stochastic mesh-free and finite-element methods.


Research Team


Sharif Rahman, PhD

Director, Sharif Rahman Research Group
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Department of Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences



ME professor developing new algorithms to optimize design reliability

Friday, September 15, 2023
Sharif Rahman, a professor of mechanical engineering and a faculty affiliate of the Iowa Technology Institute, is developing advanced computational algorithms to optimize designs of complex engineering systems and structures that could make ground vehicles, aerospace structures, and electronic packaging, among many examples, more reliable.
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New $1M grant to bridge educational gaps between modeling and simulation and machine learning

Friday, February 18, 2022
The United States Department of Education has awarded a $1 million grant to Professors Ching-Long Lin (PI), Sharif Rahman, Jia Lu, Shaoping Xiao, Rachel Vitali and Jane Russell to develop artificial intelligence modeling and simulation (AIMS) programs to bridge educational gaps between modeling and simulation and machine learning.