Dr. Rabiei earned her B.S. from the Department of Metallurgy and Material Science at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran in 1986. She then received she PhD in Advanced Materials at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1997.She began working on metal foam until she began her postdoctoral research at Harvard University.
Dr. Afsaneh Rabiei is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Associate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Rabiei’s work focuses on Biomedical and Nanoscale Materials, and Structural and Mechanical Materials. Her biomedical work has implications for surgical implants, and her structural works has resulted in composite metal foams which have implications for the aerospace, naval, automotive, and medical industries to name a few. It is know as the strongest metal foam.
She is not only a published Mechanical and Aerospace engineer but has also written many books and won countless awards. In 2003 she was awarded the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) which is given to outstanding researchers in science and engineering who are committed to integrating research and education, it was through this award money that she funded the research that developed a light, strong material that could be used in saving lives and energy in aerospace, medical, automotive and other industries.