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Sam Malakoutikhah, Ph.D.

Sam Malakoutikhah
Assistant Professor of Instruction of Mechanical Engineering
Stocker Center 247
Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

I am a dedicated and passionate educator in Mechanical Engineering, with a strong focus on teaching and mentoring students. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, where my doctoral dissertation titled "The contribution of ligaments in flatfoot deformity: a finite element study," delved into the complex biomechanics of the human foot to investigate flatfoot deformity.

Throughout my career, I have gained extensive and diverse teaching experience across multiple institutions and courses. I have experience in delivering both theoretical and laboratory-based Mechanical Engineering courses, including Finite Element Analysis, Strength of Materials, Statics, Dynamics, Vibrations Laboratory, and Strength of Materials Laboratory, among others. Additionally, I have a proven track record of teaching various engineering software, such as ANSYS, ABAQUS, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, and MATLAB, empowering students with essential technical skills.

My passion for teaching is complemented by several years of work experience in the industry, where I was actively involved in applying engineering principles to real-world challenges. This practical knowledge allows me to connect theoretical concepts with practical applications, enriching the learning experience for my students.

I am dedicated to fostering an engaging and supportive learning environment, encouraging students to think critically and explore innovative solutions. My ultimate goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of mechanical engineers, equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their future careers.

As an enthusiastic educator, I constantly seek ways to improve my teaching methodologies and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field of Mechanical Engineering. My commitment to academic excellence and student success drives me to continuously adapt and innovate in my teaching approach.