Said Jahanmir, Ph.D. Vice President of Biotechnology

Said JahanmirDr. Said Jahanmir is President and CEO of MiTiHeart Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (MiTi), where he serves as Vice President for Biotechnology. Prior to joining MiTi he was associated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (1987-2002) where he served in several capacities including Leader of the Ceramic Manufacturing Group. He directed research activities that ranged from characterization of ceramic powders to assessment of mechanical properties of advanced materials. He also coordinated several international collaborations on standards activities. He served as chair of the Ceramic Machining Consortium that he established as a joint research program between NIST, industry and academic organizations (1992-2001). Previous affiliations include: the National Science Foundation (1985-1987), Director of Tribology Program; Exxon Research and Engineering Company (1980-1985), Senior Research Engineer; Cornell University (1977-1980), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; University of California at Berkeley (1976-1977), Lecturer; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975-1976), Instructor.

Dr. Jahanmir’s research in tribology and machining of advanced materials (including structural and dental materials) is widely recognized in the scientific and engineering communities. He has published over 230 papers and reports related to machining of ceramics, mechanisms and mechanics of interfaces, wear and friction, and boundary lubrication and has given nearly three hundred lectures on these subjects. He has edited several books and conference proceedings on machining and wear of advanced materials.

Dr. Jahanmir has been active in technical and administrative committees, on boards in several engineering societies, and has served in several advisory groups in the federal government and universities. He was elected to chair the Gordon Research Conference on Tribology (1998) and is serving as founding Executive Editor for the Machining Science and Technology Journal. He is also active in local educational policy issues and is serving as President of Partnership for Educational Policy, a new organization formed to inform the public and policy makers of educational issues that have a wide reaching impact on K-12 education. He is an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware and Honorary Research Professor at Hanyang University in South Korea.

Dr. Jahanmir is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and has served in various capacities, including: Chair of the Research Committee on Tribology (1988-1990); Associate Editor of the Journal of Tribology (1990-1993) and chair of the Tribology Division’s Executive Committee (1997-1999). He is currently ASME’s Vice President for Research and Chair of the Board of the Research and Technology Development; and Technical Program Chair for the 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, and General Chair for 2005 during ASME’s 125th Anniversary.

Dr. Jahanmir was elected Fellow (1992) and Honorary Member (1997) of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and served in various positions that included founding chair of the Ceramics Committee (1988-1989) and chair of the Fellows Nomination Committee (1997-1998). He is a member of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) and serves on the Industrial Liaison Committee, and a member of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP).

Dr. Jahanmir’s awards include the ASME Mayo D. Hersey Award (2001), the Federal Laboratory Consortium Technology Transfer Award (2000), the STLE International Award (1997), and the ASME Dedicated Service Award (1995). He has been honored as the Community Hero by the Montgomery County Civic Federation (1999) for his contribution to local educational issues and is listed in Who’s Who in America and American Men and Women of Science.  He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, magna cum laude, at the University of Washington in 1971; and his master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and 1976, respectively. He holds three U.S. and Canadian Patents.


Canadian Patent #1,073,283 – Wear Resistant Properties of Soft Metal Films
U.S. Patent #4,840,741 – Ashless Antiwear Additives
U.S. Patent #5,507,962 – Cutting Fluid Additive for Ceramic Machining