Eslami Profile

Babak Eslami, PhD

  • Chair of Mechanical Engineering
  • Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering (2016)
    George Washington University (DC)
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering (2012)
    University of Maryland–College Park (MD)

About Me

I believe that being a "teacher" is an integral part of my vocation. That is why I consider my contributions to the education of students not merely as a duty or a job to be done, but as a part of my life. Throughout my graduate studies, I have had the opportunity to join the industry, but teaching has often been of the main reasons that I prefer to stay in academia. "Teaching" encompasses not only what goes on inside the classroom, but rather all things that add to the students' learning experience, and my teaching philosophy reflects that view.

Research Interests

My research is focused on the following mission statement: "To develop new Atomic Force Microscopy experimental methods through the use of existing fundamental knowledge and through the discovery of new knowledge, in order to expand the capabilities of the instrument from imaging and characterization to also include reliable and repeatable fabrication of advanced materials."

Media Expertise

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology


  • Jackson, B.; Fouladi, K.; Eslami, B. Multi-Parameter Optimization of 3D Printing Condition for Enhanced Quality and Strength. Polymers 2022, 14, 1586. 
  • Eslami, B., & Caputo, D. (2021). Effect of Eigenmode Frequency on Loss Tangent Atomic Force Microscopy Measurements. Applied Sciences11(15), 6813.
  • May, T., Eslami, B. & Fouladi, K. Optimization of 3D printer enclosure environment. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (2021).
  • Saha, D, Gismondi, P, Kolasinski, S., Shumlas, S., Rangan, S., Eslami, B., McConnell, A. Bui, T. and Cunfer, K. "Fabrication of Electrospun Nanofiber composite of g-C3N4 and Au Nanoparticles as Plasmonic Photocatalyst." Surfaces and Interfaces (2021): 101367.
  • Livolsi, F., May, T., Caputo, D., Fouladi, K., Eslami, B.,Multiscale Study of Effect of Humidity on Shape Memory Polymers Used in 3D Printing.” Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 2021, 143(9), 091010-091019.
  • Damircheli, M.; Eslami, B.;V-Shaped Cantilever Design for Enhanced Multifrequency AFM Measurements,” Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. 2020. 11(1), 1525-1541.
  • Putnam, J.; Damircheli, M.; Eslami, B.;Effect of Laser Spot Positioning with Optical Beam Deflection Method on Atomic Force Microscopy,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics. 2020.


  • PA Manufacturing Innovation Funding (2021-22)
  • PA Manufacturing Innovation Funding (2020-21)
  • The Crystal Trust Grant (2019-2020)
  • Faculty Development Award (2019-2020)
  • NSF Travel Grant for Faculty Development Symposium (2018)


In the Media


  • Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Babal Eslami, Associate Professor Kamran Fouladi, and engineering alumnus Thomas May published an article titled, “Optimization of 3D printer enclosure environment” in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. The article explains their study of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and experimental testing that was used to optimize 3D printing.

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  • A faculty-student research team published findings on the limits of microscopic research. Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Babak Eslami and student-researcher Dylan Caputo published an article in a special issue of Advances in Surface Modification of the Materials explaining how Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is used to measure different types of material properties, including mechanical, electrical, and chemical properties. The findings may provide an alternative way to understand how the material’s elasticity without having to physically test the theory with a hands-on experiment. As the article demonstrates, this technique used with AFM is beneficial as the technology gives scientists a way to understand the material’s properties without increasing the risk of losing important measurements to either humidity or artificial dissipations.

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