Aimane Najmeddine, Ph.D.


Aimane is a postdoctoral researcher co-advised by Professor Reza Moini in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in December 2022, while also working towards a second Master's degree in Mathematics. Prior to his Ph.D., Aimane obtained both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2017 and 2019, respectively. His previous research focused on understanding and predicting the lifetime of elastomeric and polymeric materials under extreme environmental and mechanical conditions, a process known as thermo-chemo-mechanical aging. Aimane worked on developing predictive multi-physics constitutive frameworks to capture the response of polymers undergoing extreme degradative events, with the aim of providing efficient design strategies to help meet structural and industrial demands. At Princeton, Aimane is currently working with Professors Reza Moini and Emily Davidson on projects related to the experimentation and modeling of water-absorbing concrete-hydrogel materials, mechanics, and the automated manufacturing of architected materials.

In his free time, Aimane enjoys playing soccer, reading, writing short essays, and learning about neuroscience and science-based tools to lead a healthy and optimal lifestyle.