Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Diana Haidar

Source: College of Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University
Mechanical Engineering
5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 323
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: 412-268-5222

Fax: 412-268-3348



Office Hours: See link to Google Calendar above




Dr. Diana R. Haidar joined CMU in Fall 2017 as an Assistant Teaching Professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and leads efforts in the new Maker Ecosystem. Her prior research work developing both metal and polymer nanocomposites for advanced performance in extreme environments required her to design, fabricate, and build various custom testing equipment for these unique materials. In instructing undergraduate and graduate student teams to make their own machinery, she developed a passion for using maker space resources to bring more hands-on design experiences to the classroom.

Dr. Haidar focuses her efforts on connecting students to new makerspace resources. She is a proponent of increasing active learning in the classroom and enhancing engineering education by making. In addition to her makerspace and teaching roles, she pursues her passion for promoting diversity in STEM through youth outreach activities.

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2017
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Industry Work 

Chart Energy & Chemicals, Manufacturing Engineer, 2013 
GE Healthcare, Research & Development Engineer Co-Op, 2009 
Cargill, Maintenance Engineer Intern, 2008


Instrumentation: Building precision equipment through designing, fabricating, prototyping, and interface programming

Solid Mechanics: Investigate failure modes and mechanics of materials

Tribology: Interfacial phenomena of friction, wear and adhesion

Polymeric Solid Lubricants: Designing polymer composites to perform with low friction and long lifetime in the absence of external lubrication during operation in extreme environments (e.g. high temperature, dusty, and vacuum)

Metal Matrix Nanocomposites: Creating aluminum-based materials that overcome the sever wear mode of scuffing by using powder metallurgy to embed nanoparticles between aluminum microparticles thus introducing many nanosized points of weakness that compartmentalize any damage incurred during sliding, these aluminum metal matrix nanocomposites (MMNC) could provide a stable sliding interface for lightweight aluminum-steel or aluminum-polymeric solid lubricant bearing systems


  • Interrelated Effects of Temperature and Environment on Wear and Tribochemistry of an Ultralow Wear PTFE Composite, H. S. Khare, A. C. Moore, D. R. Haidar, L. Gong, J. Ye, J. F. Rabolt, and D. L. Burris, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119 (29), pp 16518-16527.
  • Transfer Film Properties and their Role in Polymer Tribology, J. Ye, D. R. Haidar, and D. L. Burris, The Handbook of Polymer Tribology, editor: S. K. Sinha, Imperial College Press, Distributed by World Scientific, 2017, in press
  • Assessing quantitative metrics of transfer film quality as indictors of polymer wear performance, D. R. Haidar, J. Ye, A. C. Moore, and D. L. Burris, Wear Journal, 2017, 380-381, pp 78-85.
  • The Relationship between Transfer Films and Wear Performance, J. Ye, D. R. Haidar, and D. L. Burris, Advances in Self Lubricating Composites, editor: E. Omrani, P. Menezes, and P. Rohatgi, Springer, 2017, in review
  • Surprising ultralow wear rates of PEEK-PTFE composites in dry and humid environments, D. R. Haidar, K. I. Alam, and D. L. Burris, Wear Journal, 2017, in progress
  • Transfer film tenacity as a driver of polymer wear resistance, D. R. Haidar, K. I. Alam, Sophia Marianiello, and D. L. Burris, Wear Journal, 2017, in progress
  • Effect of Negative-Skewness Counterface Roughness on Transfer Film Development of A Low-wear PTFE Nanocomposite, W. Sun, D. R. Haidar, D. L. Burris, and J. Ye, Wear Journal, 2018, in progress
  • A Novel Approach to Impeding Sever Wear of Aluminum using Metal Matrix Nanocomposites: Al6061-Al2O3, D. R. Haidar, E. T. Rezich and D. L. Burris, Tribology Transactions, 2018, in progress