Dr. Seyed Ali Niknam, Assistant Prof.

Sustainable and Clean Manufacturing
Machining of Composites and Metals
High Performance Manufacturing


E-mail: saniknam[AT]iust.ac.ir
Phone: 98-21-77240540 Ex: 8913
Fax: 98-21-77240488
Zip Code: 16846-13114
School of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology, Narmak, Tehran, Iran
Virtual lab
Research laboratory


Postdoctoral ّFellowship: École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Université du Québec, Canada
Postdoctoral ّFellowship: Polytechnique Montreal, Université de Montreal, Canada, 2018
PhD: School of Mechanical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Université du Québec, Canada, 2013
MSc: School of Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University London, United Kingdom, 2008
BSc: School of Mechanical Engineering, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom, 2004

Research of Interest

High performance manufacturing/machining of composites and metals
Modeling, Simulation and Optimization (FEM, CAD/CAM/CAPP) of the Advanced Manufacturing Processes
Design, development and machinability evaluation of metal matrix composites (MMCs)
Sustainable and clean manufacturing
Process monitoring, control and optimization using statistical theories, experimental and artificial intelligence (AI) methods
Condition monitoring and health diagnosis


Professional Experiences

  • Assistant Professor- Iran University of Science and Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tehran, Iran
  • Adjunct Professor- Polytechnique Montreal, Canada (2019-Date)
  • Visiting Professor– ETS, Montreal, Canada (Summer 2019)
  • FQRNT Research Fellow- Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada
  • Lecturer and Faculty Member-Dawson College Montreal, Canada
  • Invited Lecturer- Nanjing College of Chemical Technology, Nanjing, China
  • Postdoctoral Research fellow- ETS, Montreal, Canada
  • Ph.D. Candidate- ETS, Montreal, Canada
  • R&D Engineer- Center of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering ,UK

Review and Editorial activitie

  1. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  2. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  3. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture
  4. Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mech Engineering science
  5. Journal of Cleaner Production
  6. Journal of Measurement
  7. Journal of Manufacturing Processes
  8. Journal of Engineering Fracture Mechanics
  9. Journal of Alloys and Compounds
  10. Journal of Composite Structures
  11. Journal of Advances in Nano Research

Delivered Talks at International Conferences

  1. Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering (CSME) Forum 2010, Victoria, B.C, Canada, 7-9 June 2010.
  2. 28th annual Seminar of the Canadian Machinery Vibration Association (CMVA). Quebec City, QC, Canada, 27-29 October 2010.
  3. COM 2011, Montréal, QC, Quebec, Canada, 2-5 October 2011.
  4. ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, CL, USA, 11-17 Nov 2011.
  5. 20th Annual Int. Conf. Mechanical Engineering (ISME 2012), Shiraz, Iran, 16-18 May 2012.
  6. 1st International Conference on Virtual Machining ProcessTechnology, CIRP Sponsored Conference, Polytechnique Montréal, QC, Canada, May 28 – June 1, 2012.
  7. ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, TX, USA, 9-15 Nov 2012.
  8. ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC2013), Madison, WIS, USA, 10-14 June 2013.
  9. International Conference on Aluminium (INALCO 2013), Montréal, QC, Canada, 21-22 October 2013.
  10. CIRP Manufacturing Systems (CMS), Windsor, ON, Canada, 28-30 April 2014.
  11. 13th National Manufacturing Conference, November 2016, Bandar Abbas, Iran.
  12. The 6th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT 2017), Polytechnique Montréal, QC, Canada, 29 May-June 02, 2017.
  13. 13th National Manufacturing Conference, November 2017, Arak, Iran.
  14. 8th CIRP Conference on High-Performance Cutting (HPC 2018), Budapest, Hungary.June 25-27, 2018.
  15. 17th National Conference and 6th International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering, Tehran, Iran, March 2021.

Honor And Awards

FIR 2019, ETS, Montreal, Canada (June 2019).
Research Grant (Young Assistant Professors), 200,000,000Rials-Iran National Elites Foundation
FQRNT Post-Doctoral Fellowship, $70,000 (Ranked First in Quebec among all Candidates in the category of Mechanical and Civil Engineering)
Ph.D. studentship and tuition fees waiver support, $27,000 p.a. (3yrs)
FRQNT Research scholarship (1000$- Won 4 times)
Internal scholarship (bourses internes), $5,000 p.a
International mobility and exchange program scholarship, $5,000

Courses Taught

  Course Course Plan
Graduate Control and Measurement Systems of Machine Tools
Graduate Advanced CAD/CAM
Undergraduate Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems
Undergraduate Numerical Control Machines
Undergraduate Manufacturing workshop