Zoubeida Ounaies

Zoubeida Ounaies
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Dorothy Quiggle Career Developmental Professorship
157B Hammond Building
(814) 867-4443


Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011-Present

Aldridge Jr. Career Development Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, 2009-2010

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 2005-2009 Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000-2005

Senior Staff Scientist, ICASE/NASA Langley Research Center, 1999-2000 Staff Scientist, ICASE/NASA Langley Research Center, 1998-1999

National Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Assoc., NASA Langley Research Center, 1996-2000


Associate Editor, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2010-Present

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Member, International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

Academic Training

Ph.D. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State, 1996
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Penn State, 1991
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Penn State, 1989

Awards and Accomplishments

H.J.E. Reid Best Paper Award, 2010
ASME Best Paper Award in Materials, 2009
Richard T. Whitcomb and Paul F. Holloway Technology Transfer Award, 2009
NSF CAREER Award, 2007
TEES Select Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M University, 2007
Montague Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar Award, 2007


Research Interests:Development of unique combinations of mechanical-electrical-chemical coupling in polymers and polymer nanocomposites.

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