Elham Sahraei joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Fall 2018. Dr. Sahraei has 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 also 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.

Research Interests

  • Lithium-ion Batteries
    Structural Mechanics
    Occupant Protection
    Finite Element Modeling

Courses Taught




MEE 3301

Machine Theory and Design


MEE 4314

Impact and Crashworthiness


MEE 5117

Finite Element Analysis


MEE 5314

Impact and Crashworthiness


ENGR 2333

Mechanics of Solids


Selected Publications

  • Kermani, G. & Sahraei, E. (2019). Dynamic impact response of lithium-ion batteries, constitutive properties and failure model. RSC Adv, 9(5), pp. 2464-2473. England. doi: 10.1039/c8ra08898e