Nader Jalili (1998) obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, in 1992 and 1995, respectively; and his doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut, all in mechanical engineering. Dr. Jalili joined Southern Methodist University (SMU) as the Mary and Richard Templeton Dean of Lyle School of Engineering in March 2023. He was formerly professor and head of mechanical engineering department at the University of Alabama (UA) since 2018. In his role at UA, Nader led a significant increase in external research awards and enrollment as well as creation of the Alabama Initiative on Manufacturing Development and Education. Prior to UA, he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Department Chair for Graduate Studies and Research, and Director of Northeastern University Piezoactive Systems Laboratory at Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Dr. Jalili facilitated the creation of several new degree programs in areas such as mechatronics, robotics and humanmachine interface, while leading graduate student recruitment and admission and overseeing department research activities.
An ASME Fellow, Dr. Jalili is an innovative leader and researcher, known for bringing the resources of engineering education and research to undergraduate and graduate students, industry partners and community outreach programs.
Dr. Jalili has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more
than $17 million in external funding in the domain of vibration, control and robotics-based manufacturing. He is the author/co‐author of more than 350 peer‐reviewed technical publications; including 135 journal papers, two textbooks and five book chapters.