“Since my childhood I have been attracted to metals as it plays a critical role in our lives,” remarked Hamid Eisazadeh, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, County College of Morris. “We are surrounded by metals everywhere.”
It wasn’t until Eisazadeh was 19-years-old at Mazandaran University in Iran when his passion of metal became a tangible experience in a welding class, and as he exclaimed, it was awesome. He was an exceptional welder and explored various techniques and earned a BS in manufacturing engineering and a MSc in the same field from Tehran University. In 2017, Eisazadeh received his Ph.D. at Clarkson University in New York.
Eisazadeh’s research and work has resulted in various awards. Most recently he was selected by the American Welding Society as the recipient of the A. F. Davis Silver Medal Award, which is awarded to the authors of papers published in the Welding Journal. His paper, titled “A Residual Stress Study in Similar and Dissimilar Welds,” won in the Structure Design category.
“I am proud to say that I am the first scholar to study the complexity of transient strain and stress in dissimilar metal welds globally. Second I used various modern techniques to mitigate residual stress in dissimilar welds successfully,” Eisazadeh proudly states.
Through his success, Eisazadeh also had his share of failures. While working on his thesis testing something that was not done before, he had two failed attempts. His lesson was what tools would work that led him to develop a better technique. “I did not get the results I was initially looking for, but my skills improved significantly and I had that capability now to use better methods due to the failure from the first two projects.” Eisazadeh reflects, “ It is okay to fail in testing. That is why it is a test.”
He reminds students of the importance of testing when in the classroom where he teaches courses related to materials and manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering Science programs. “There are many challenges with metal, and I love it, especially now.”
He continues, "I enjoy being a teacher and interacting with students. I love it when I share my experience and knowledge with students. I also love when students get excited about learning the new subject matter. It’s such a rewarding process."
The advice Eisazadeh shares with his students during class, “do not be afraid of trying new ways to solve the engineering problems.”