Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Daytona College of Engineering
Daytona Beach campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Topology Optimization
  • Multi-disciplinary Design Optimization
  • Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Aeroelastic Analysis
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • Reliability Analysis

Dr. Ali Tamijani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).

He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech for analysis and design optimization of unitized structures, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) for computational modeling of multifunctional and smart structures. Prior to joining ERAU, Dr. Tamijani was an Adjunct Research Faculty in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He has also collaborated with the Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Center for Advanced Vehicles on topics spanning from reliability analysis to multi-disciplinary design optimization of aircraft, funded by NASA Langley Research Center and Air Force Research Laboratory.

His research interests are in computational structural mechanics and design optimization for applications ranging from multifunctional and smart structures to aerospace vehicles. His research was featured in the Journal of Composite Materials and Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures Journal as one of the most-frequently read articles.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • AE 318: Aerospace Structures I
  • AE 612: Analysis A/C Plate & Shell Str
  • AE 800: Dissertation
  • AENG 612: Anlys Arcft Plate & Shell Strc

  • Plates and Shells (AE 612) – Graduate

Aerospace Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Aeroelasticity (AE 618) – Graduate

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Aerospace Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Mechanics of Structures: Variational and Computational Methods (AE 542) - Graduate

Aerospace Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Aerospace Structures I  (AE 318) - Undergraduate

Aerospace Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Aerospace Structures II  (AE 418) - Undergraduate

Aerospace Engineering Department, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Articles in Refereed Journals:
  1. Tamijani, A. Y., Mulani, S., and Kapania, R. K., “A Multilevel Framework for Decomposition-Based Reliability Optimization”, Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science, accepted for publication, 2017.
  2. Fernandes, R. and Tamijani, A. Y., “Flutter Analysis of Laminated Curvilinear-Stiffened Plates,” AIAA Journal, 2017, 1-14.
  3. Papapetrou, V., Tamijani, A. Y., Kim, D., “Preliminary Wing Study of General Aviation Aircraft with Stitched Composite Panels,” Journal of Aircraft, 2016, 1-12.
  4. Tamijani, A. Y., Mulani, S., and Kapania, R. K., “A Framework Combining Meshfree Analysis and Adaptive Kriging for Optimization of Stiffened Panels,” Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 2014, 49 (4), 577-594.
  5. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “A Chebyshev Ritz Approach to Buckling and Vibration of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Plate,” AIAA Journal, 2012, 50 (5), 1007-1018.
  6. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Vibration Analysis of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Functionally Graded Plate Using Element Free Galerkin Method,” Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, 2012, 19,100-108
  7. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Random Response Analysis of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Plate Using Element Free Galerkin Method,” Journal of Aircraft, 2011, 48 (6), 1856-1863.
  8. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Buckling and Static Analysis of Curvilinearly Stiffened Plates Using Meshfree Method,” AIAA Journal, 2010, 48 (12), 2739-2751.
  9. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Vibration of Plate with Curvilinear Stiffeners Using Meshfree Method,” AIAA Journal, 2010, 48 (8), 1569-1581.
  10. Tamijani, A. Y., McQuigg, T. and Kapania, R. K., “Free Vibration Analysis of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Plates and Experimental Validation,” Journal of Aircraft, 2010, 47 (1), 192-200.
  11. Mirzaeifar, R., Bahai, H., Aryana, F., and Tamijani, A. Y., “Optimization of the Dynamic Characteristics of Composite Plates Using an Inverse Approach,” Journal of Composite Material, 2007, 41 (26), 3091-3108 (Journal of Composite Materials most frequently read articles, 2008)
  12. Aryana, F., Bahai, H., Mirzaeifar, R., and Tamijani, A. Y., “Modification of Dynamic Characteristics of FGM Plates with Integrated Piezoelectric Layers Using First- and Second-order Approximations,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2006, 70 (12), 1409-1429.

Technical Reports:

  1. Locatelli, D., Mulani, S. B., Qiang, L., Tamijani, A. Y., Kapania, R. K., “Supersonic Wing Optimization Using SpaRibs”, NASA CR-2014-218537, 2014.
Articles in Conference Proceedings:
  1. Gharibi, K., Hurley, J., and Tamijani, A., “Determination of Load paths in Plates and Shells”, Accepted for presentation at AIAA Science and Technology, January 9 - 13 2017, Grapevine, TX.
  2. Papapetrou, V., and Tamijani, A., “Preliminary Study of Cessna 172N wing with PRSEUS panels,” AIAA Science and Technology, January 4 - 8 2016, San Diego, CA.
  3. Tamijani, A., and Gharibi, K., “Determination of Load Path Using Streamline Analogy and Galerkin Method,” AIAA Science and Technology, January 4 - 8 2016, San Diego, CA.
  4. Fernandes, R. and Tamijani, A., “Flutter Analysis of Laminated Curvilinear-Stiffened Plates,” AIAA Science and Technology, January 4 - 8 2016, San Diego, CA.
  5. Behl, S., Joshi, R., Surti, T., Ali K., Kim, D., Tamijani, A., and Velicki, V., “Structural Integrity of Composite Unitized structures”, accepted for AIAA Science and Technology 2015, 5 - 9 January 2015
  6. Tamijani, A. Y., Mulani, S., and Kapania, R. K., “A Framework for Reliability Based Design Optimization of Curvilinearly Stiffened Panels”, 10th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization Orlando, Florida, 19-24 May, 2013.
  7. Mulani, S., Liu, Q., Tamijani, A. Y., and Kapania, R. K., “Wing Optimization Using Curvilinear Spars and Ribs (SpaRibs), and Curvlinearly Stiffened Panels”, 24th Advanced Aerospace Materials and Processes (AeroMat) Conference and Exposition, Bellevue, Washington, 2-5 April 2013.
  8. Locatelli, D., Liu, Q., Tamijani, A. Y., Mulani, S., and Kapania, R. K., “Multidisciplinary Optimization of Supersonic Wing Structures Using Curvilinear Spars and Ribs (SpaRibs)”, 54th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 8-11 April 2013.
  9. Tamijani, A. Y., Mulani, S., and Kapania, R. K., “Optimization of Stiffened Panels Using Element Free Galerkin Method and Kriging Model”, 23rd Advanced Aerospace Materials and Processes (AeroMat) Conference and Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, 18-21 June, 2012.
  10. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Random Response Analysis of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Plate Using Element Free Galerkin Method”, 51th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures Conference, Orlando, Florida, 12-15 April 2010, Paper number, AIAA-2010-3035.
  11. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Buckling and Vibration of Curvilinearly-Stiffened Plate Subjected to In-Plane Loads”, 51th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures Conference, Orlando, Florida, 12-15 April 2010, Paper number, AIAA-2010-3036.
  12. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Free Vibration of Plate with Curvilinear Stiffener,” 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 4-7 May 2009, Paper number, AIAA-2009-2647.
  13. Tamijani, A. Y. and Kapania, R. K., “Buckling and Stress Analysis of Curvilinearly Stiffened plate,” 50th AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 4-7 May 2009, Paper number, AIAA-2009-2454.
  14. Tamijani, A. Y., McQuigg, T. and Kapania, R. K., “Modal Analysis of Stiffened Plate Using Meshfree Method with Experimental Validation,” AIAA Region I Young Professional, Student and Education Conference, Baltimore, MD, 21-22 November, 2008.
  15. Tamijani, A. Y., Abouhamze, M., Mirzaeifar, R., Ohadi, A. R., Eslami, M. R., “Feedback Control of Piezo-Laminate Composite Plate,” 14th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, Cairns, Australia, 9-12 July 2007.
  16. Tamijani, A. Y., Ohadi, A. R., Eslami, M. R., “Thermal Vibration Analysis of Functionally Graded Plates with Piezoelectric Sensors and Actuators,” 7th International Conference on Thermal Stress, Taipei, Taiwan, 4-7 June 2007.
  17. Tamijani, A. Y., Ohadi, A. R., Eslami, M. R., “Finite Element Modeling of Functionally Graded Beam With integrated Piezoelectric Layers for Vibration Control,” 15th Annual (International) Mechanical Engineering Conference, Tehran, Iran, 15-17 May 2007.
  18. Tamijani, A. Y., Gharib, A., Ohadi, A. R., Sadough Vanini, S.A., Eslami, M. R., “Analytical Vibration Analysis of Functionally Graded Material Beams with Bonded Piezoelectric Sensors and Actuators,” 12th European Conference on Composite Materials 2006, Biaritz, France, 29th August-1st September 2006.
  19. Tamijani, A. Y., Mirzaeifar, R., Ohadi, A. R., Eslami, M. R., “Vibration Control of FGM Plate with Piezoelectric Sensors and Actuators Using Higher Order Shear Deformation Theory,” 8th Biennial ASME Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA 2006), Torino, Italy, 4-7 July 2006.
  20. Tamijani, A. Y., Mirzaeifar, R., Ohadi, A. R., Eslami, M. R., “Active Control of FGM Plates, Using Piezoelectric Sensor/Actuator Patches,” 14th Annual (International) Mechanical Engineering Conference, Isfahan, Iran, 16-18 May 2006.
  21. Khalili, M. R., Tamijani, A. Y. and Sadough Vanini, S.A., “Finite element Analyses of Two and Three Dimensional Crack Problem in Fiber Metal Laminated Cylinder,” 12th European Conference on Composite Materials 2006, Biaritz, France, 29th August -1st September 2006.

Assistant Professor    August 2013 - Present
Aerospace Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Adjunct Research Faculty    May 2011 - July 2013
Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Graduate Research Assistant    January 2008 - May 2011
Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Senior Member-AIAA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Member-ASME; American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2016
  • Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Award, 2014-2016
  • Editorial Board of The Journal of Aerospace Science and Technology, 2014-Present
  • Journal of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures most frequently read articles, 2013.
  • Liviu Librescu Scholarship, Engineering Mechanics Department, Virginia Tech, 2011.
  • Featured Graduate Student, Graduate school, Virginia Tech, 2010
  • Biography listed in Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2010.
  • Manual Stein Scholarship, Engineering Mechanics Department, Virginia Tech, 2009.
  • Davenport Graduate Fellowship, Graduate School, Virginia Tech, 2007.
  • Journal of Composite Materials most frequently read articles, 2008.