Salam Rahmatalla

(319) 335-5657
4121 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
Joined the College of Engineering: 
PhD., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2004
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2002
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1985, University of Technology
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Baghdad, 1981.
Special Fields of Knowledge: 
Structure optimization, motion analysis.
Present Research Interests: 
Multi-body dynamics; whole body vibration; structural health monitoring; damage detection; human movement.
Selected Publications: 
  • S. Rahmatalla and C.C. Swan, “A Q4/Q4 Continuum Structural Topology Optimization Implementation,” Struct. & Multidisc. Optim. Structures and Multidisciplinary Optimization, vol. 27, pp. 130-135, 2004.
  • S. Rahmatalla and C.C. Swan, “Sparse Monolithic Compliant Mechanisms Using Continuum Structural Topology Optimization”. Int. J. Numer, Meth, Engng, vol. 62(12), pp. 1579-1605, 2005.
  • DeShaw, J., Rahmatalla, S., “Comprehensive Measurement in Whole-Body Vibration,” Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, Vol. 31 (2), pp. 63-74, 2012.
  • Rahmatalla, S., Liu, Y., “An Active Head-Neck Model in Whole-Body Vibration: Vibration Magnitude and Softening,” Journal of Biomechanics, 45(6):925-30, 2012.
  • Rahmatalla S., Lee, E-T., Eun, H-C “Damage detection by the distribution of predicted constraint forces. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, 2012.
Active Scientific and Professional Society Memberships: 
American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautics; American Society of Civil Engineers; Society of Automotive Engineers.