Elham Sahraei, Director of EVSL, Email: elham.sahraei at
Phone: (215) 204-4276
Office: Temple Engineering, Room 613

Elham Sahraei is an Assistant Professor at Department of Mechanical Engineering in Temple University, and she is the Director of Electric Vehicle Safety Lab (EVSL). Dr. Sahraei has also been a Research Scientist at the Impact and Crashworthiness Lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014. She is the co-director of the MIT Battery Consortium, a multi-sponsor industrial program supported by major automotive and battery manufacturers such as Daimler, Jaguar Land-Rover, LG Chem, and Boston Power. She has been a co-investigator of multiple Ford-MIT Alliance projects, and a DOE project with National Renewable Energy Lab on safety of Li-Ion batteries. Her current research is focused on characterization and computational modeling of advanced energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries) for electric vehicles. She earned her PhD degree from the George Washington University in 2011, and completed two years of post-doctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, where she became a Research Scientist afterwards. Besides characterization and modeling of Li-Ion batteries, her expertise includes full-scale vehicle crash analysis, occupant protection, and analysis of roadside safety structures.

Dr. Golriz Kermni, Affiliate Faculty

Dr. Golriz Kermani joined faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University as an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Fall 2018, after finishing two years of Postdoc Studies at Electric Vehicle Safety Lab. She is currently an Affiliate Faculty with EVSL. Her research focuses on investigating the behavior of Li-Ion batteries under dynamic loading scenarios and developing a 3D micro model of the cell Representative Volume Element (RVE). She received her Ph.D. degree from Temple University in 2016. For her PhD Dissertation, she characterized the rate dependency and inhomogeneity of aortic tissue and investigated their effects on the risk of traumatic aortic failure and/or injury.

Dr. Mehdi Gilaki, Postdoc

Dr. Mehdi Gilaki joined the Electric Vehicle Safety Laboratory as a postdoctoral research fellow. He earned his Ph.D from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017 where he studied safety of Lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles under abnormal conditions. His research involved various experimental approaches as well as finite element simulations and high-performance computation to study impact on Li-ion cells and modules. Dr. Gilaki’s research interests and expertise include crashworthiness analysis, Li-ion battery safety and advanced finite element simulations. The goal of his current research is to develop a framework to understand interactive effects of combined mechanical and electrical loading on safety and integrity of lithium-ion cells, modules, and packs.

Mohammad Mehdi Keshavarzi, PhD Student

Mohammad received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shiraz University and earned his Masters degree in Applied Mechanics from University of Tehran where he investigated the Fluid-Structure Interaction Phenomena in transonic flow. He has participated in numerous CFD and FEA projects with applications in Dental and Maxillofacial surgeries and has two year of work experience as a structural engineer in the R&D team of a private copper mine. He joined Electric Vehicle Safety Lab in Fall 2018.

Yihan Song, PhD Student

Yihan Song is a PhD student at Temple Department of Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Electric Vehicle Safety Lab as a research assistant in Fall 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in thermal energy and dynamic engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing in 2016 and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from George Washington University in 2018. He is proficient in finite element method and solid simulations. He will be working on thermal/structural modeling of lithium-ion batteries.

GIJONG GWON has studied Mechanical Engineering, and Electronics Engineering at Handong Global University. He joined Electric Vehicle Safety Lab in Fall 2018 as a Korea West intern.  He is experienced in using MATLAB and AUTOCAD. He has worked as an administrative assistant at SAMHWA Construction Ltd. He has reviewed the construction drawing of a dam by using CAD programs. At EVSL, he is contributing to design of fixtures for battery testing.