Fazeel Khan, Ph.D.

Dr. Fazeel Khan


56R Garland Hall

Research Interests

  • Biocompatible Polymers


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • B.A., Physics
    Middlebury College, VT

Research Bio

Fazeel Khan has been a faculty member with the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering since 2003.

Following the completion of his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY, in 2002, he completed a one year post-doctoral appointment at the Nano-Engineering Laboratory at RPI. His earlier academic preparation includes a MS from RPI in 1998 with a concentration in Manufacturing, and a BA in Physics completed in 1996 at Middlebury College, VT.

Dr. Khan’s current research activities focus on the characterization of the deformation behavior of biocompatible polymers used in total knee and hip replacement prosthetics.

The research seeks to investigate changes in the polyethylene bearing material stemming from cyclical loading. The data is used to enhance the predictive capability of simulation models to enhance the service life of replacement joints. Other research activities involve the fabrication and control of electrically triggered shape memory polymers, and the fabrication and testing of graded polymeric structures for specific vibration damping characteristics when used in aerospace applications.

The latter has been pursued in collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab. Funding for the research has come from NSF, Department of Defense, ASEE and MathWorks.

Dr. Khan’s recent teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate level have mostly been in the materials science area. With an academic interest in the field of materials and a personal interest in automotive engineering, Dr. Khan has been an academic advisor to the MME Baja Team which campaigns an off-road vehicle, entirely designed and fabricated in-house, against an international field every year.

Years of Service on this Faculty

  • Professor, 2016-Present
  • Associate Professor, 2009–2016
  • Assistant Professor, 2003–2009

Other Related Experience

  • Instructor – Engineering Graphics and Computer Aided Design (Pro/E), 1999.
  • Teaching Assistant – Department of Mechanical Engineering, RPI, 1997–2000.


  • Etegent Technologies
  • Shell Petroleum Services, 2003 & 2004

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • American Society for Engineering Education

Institutional and Professional Service

Miami University (Selected examples)

  • Member, Departmental Committee for Laboratory Improvement (Controls Lab), 2003.

Professional Development Activities

  • Invited Speaker: Depuy Inc. (R&D division of Johnson and Johnson Orthopedics), Oct 2003.

Principal Publications


  • Khan, F. and Singh, K.V., 2014. Curricular improvements through computation and experiment based learning modules. Advances in Engineering Education, Accepted.
  • Rogers, N. and Khan, F., 2013. Characterization of deformation induced changes to conductivity in an electrically triggered shape memory polymer. Polymer Testing, 32, 71-77.
  • Yeakle, C., Khan, F., and Gomaa, S., 2012. Characterization of the mechanical properties of a new grade of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene and modeling with the viscoplasticity based on overstress. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomaterials, 6, 174-180.
  • Khan, F. and Yeakle, C., 2011. Experimental investigation and modeling of non-monotonic creep behavior in polymers. Int. Journal of Plasticity, 27, 512-21. 
  • Koo, Jeong-Hoi, Khan, F. et al. 2010. Dynamic characterization and modeling of magneto-rheological elastomers under compressive loadings. Smart Materials and Structures, 19(11), 117002-117002.
  • Khan, F., 2006, "Loading History Effects ont he Creep and Relaxation Behavior of Thermoplastics, "Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 128, 564-571.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., 2006. Amorphous and Semi-Crystalline Solid Polymers: Experimental and Modeling Studies of their Inelastic Deformation Behavior, Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 128, 64-72.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., 2004. Pre and Post-Necking Creep and Relaxation Behavior of Polycarbonate, Polymer Engineering and Science, 44, 9, 1783-1791.
  • Liu, D. L., Khan, F. et al., 2003. Mechanics of Patterned Helical Silicon Spring on a Silicon Substrate, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 3, 492.
  • Krempl, E. and Khan, F., 2003. Rate (Time) Dependent Deformation Behavior: An Overview of Some Properties of Metals and Solid Polymers, Int’l Journal of Plasticity 19, 1069-1095.


  • Khan, F. and Singh, K. V. (2014). “Upgrading the Engineering Curriculum through Thematic Learning Modules” 44rd Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Madrid, Spain
  • Singh, K. V. and Khan, F. J. (2014). “Student Perception and Knowledge: Assessment of Online Computational-Experimental (ComEx) Learning Modules,” 44rd Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Madrid, Spain
  • Khan, F.J. and Rogers, N. (2014). “Deformation Induced Changes in the Electrical Conductivity of a Modified Shape Memory Polymer.” Plasticity 2014, Jan. 3-8, 2014. Freeport, Bahamas.
  • Khan, F. J., Singh, K. V., and Rogers, N. (2013). “Development of Educational Techniques for Numerical-Experimental Analysis.” 43rd Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, October 23-26, 2013. Oklahoma City, OK, USA.
  • Khan, F. and Singh, K. V (2014). “Embedded Learning Modules for the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum,” paper ID #9074. 121st ASEE Annual Conference. Indianapolis, IN, USA.
  • Singh, K. V., Birchfield, N. and Khan, F. (2013). “Integrating experimental data analysis through online modules.” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition IMECE-13, Paper Number: IMECE2013-65413, November 15-21. San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Khan, F., Birchfield, N. and Singh, K. V (2012). “Revitalizing the engineering curriculum through studio based instruction.” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE-12). Houston, TX, USA.
  • Yeakle, C., Khan, F., and Gomaa, S. 2012, “Experimental Investigation and Numerical Modeling of Non-monotonic Creep Behavior of UHPWPE Used in Orthopedic Implants,” Proceedings of the 2012 Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Benner, M., Rogers, N. and Khan, F., 2011, “Development of an Electrically Actuated Shape Memory Polymer,” Invited Keynote Address.  Proceedings of the 2011 International Symposium on Plasticity, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. January 3-8, 2011.
  • Khan, F., July 2006, "Recovery behavior of polymers: Experimental results and modeling," Proc. of the International Symposium of Plasticity 2006, ED, Khan, A., Halafax, Nova Scotia.
  • Khan, F. and Casey, M., April 2004. “Imbedding Writing within the Engineering Curriculum,”Proc. of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education North Central Section Spring Conference, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Borca-Tasciuc, T, Khan, F. J. and Hapenciuc, C., Nov. 2003. “Investigation of Temperature Annealing Effect on Thermophysical Properties of Carbon Nanotube Arrays,” Proc. of ASME: Int’l Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Washington DC.
  • Hapenciuc, C., Khan, F. et al., Dec. 2003. “Development of Experimental Techniques for Thermoelectric Properties Characterization of Low-Dimensional Structures, Materials Research Society Proceedings, 793, Boston.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., July 2003. “Glassy and Semi-Crystalline Polymers,” Proc. of Plasticity 2003, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Colak, O, Khan, F. and Krempl, E., July 2003. “Modeling the Deformation Behavior of PPO using the Viscoplasticity Theory Based on Overstress,” Proc. of Plasticity 2003, Quebec City, Canada.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., Jan. 2002 “The Influence of Prior Loading Rate on the Creep, Relaxation, and Recovery Response of some Engineering Thermoplastics,” Proc. of NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, San Juan, PR.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., Aug 2000.“Creep and Relaxation Behavior of Polycarbonate During Loading and Unloading,” Proc. of Plasticity 2000, Whistler, BC.
  • Khan, F. and Krempl, E., July 1999. “On the Mechanical Behavior of Polycarbonate,” Proc. of The Fourth International Conference on Constitutive Laws for Engineering Materials, Troy, NY, Sponsored by Rose-Hulman Inst. of Technology and the Foundation Coalition, April 2000, pp. 9-14.