Hosein Naderpour received his Ph.D. degree with high honors in Structural Engineering. He then joined Semnan University where he is presently Associate Professor of Structural Engineering. Since joining the faculty of Civil Engineering at Semnan University, Dr. Naderpour has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of structural engineering, numerical methods, mechanics of materials, structural stability, concrete structures, structural reliability, as well as soft computing. Dr. Naderpour is author of 60 papers published in journals and about 100 papers presented at national and international conferences. He has given several speeches in Switzerland, China, Australia, South Korea, Romania, Turkey, Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and France. He is currently a chief member of Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association, Iran Concrete Institute (ICI), Iranian Society for Light Steel Framing (LSF), Iran's National Elites Foundation, Safe School Committee, Organization for Development, Renovation and Equipping Schools of Iran (DRES). Furthermore, he is currently the editor-in-chief of three international journals in the area of civil and mechanical engineering including Journal of Soft Computing in Civil Engineering (SCCE), Journal of Computational Engineering and Physical Modeling (CEPM) and Reliability Engineering and Resilience (REngR). His major research interests include: application of soft computing in structural engineering, seismic resilience, structural reliability, structural optimization and damage detection of structures.
Seyed Hooman Ghasem is a research associate at Washington State University and he was formerly an assistant professor at Azad Qazvin University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Auburn University in the USA under Prof. Andrzej S. Nowak founding and supervising. His researches mainly focus on the target reliability of structures and mathematics of reliability concepts. In addition, he is working on probabilistic fracture & fatigue failure analysis, development of probabilistic failure criteria, ground motion selection, critical excitation & performance-based design, and code calibration including load and resistance factor design. He had a significant impact on AASHTO LRFD Tunnel design specification. Recently, he is attempting to propose a new resilience metric for the infrastructural systems using the combination of the structural reliability properties including robustness and redundancy. He also working on a novel structural health monitoring system based on the reliability analysis. Also, he is trying to develop a new generation of reliability limit state functions for the transportation, environmental system, medical science purpose in order to assess the safety level of the systems with regard to the reliability concepts.
- PhD, Civil Engineering, Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, Poland, 1975
- M.S., Civil Engineering, Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, Poland, 1970
- Auburn University, Professor and Chair, 2013–present
- Auburn University, Elton & Lois G. Huff Eminent Scholar Chair, 2013–present
- University of Nebraska, RobertW.BrightfeltProfessor of Engineering, 2005–2013
- University of Michigan, Professor, 1990-2004
- University of Michigan, Associate Professor, 1984-1990
- University of Michigan, Assistant Professor, 1979-1984
- State University of New York at Buffalo, NY, Assistant Professor, 1978-1979
- University of Waterloo, Canada, Research Associate, 1976-1978
Current Membership in Professional Organizations
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Concrete Institute (ACI)
- Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
- Transportation Research Board (TRB)
- Polish Academy of Sciences – Civil Engineering (PAN)
Honors and Awards
- Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), 1996
- Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1996
- Fellow of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
- HonoraryProfessor of Politechnika Warszawska, 1996
- HonoraryProfessor of Politechnika Krakowska, 2002
- Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, Casimir Gzowski Medal for paper on Calibration, 2009
- ASCE Moisseiff Award for the paper on Calibration of LRFD Bridge Code, 1997
- Excellence in Research Award, University of Michigan, 1990
- Bene Merentibus Medal, Politechnika Warszawska, 2005
- Orderof Polonia Restituta by President of Poland, 2014
- Emeritus Member of the Transportation Research Board, 2014
- Member, NCAT Board of Directors, 2014–present
External to Auburn University
- TRB Committee on Long Term Bridge Performance, member, 2011-present
- Voting Member, ACI-ASCE Committee 343 Concrete Bridges, 1982–present
- Voting Member, ACI Committee 348 Safety of Structures, 1982–present
Most Important Publications and Presentations (Last 5 years)
- Ghasemi, S. and Nowak, A.S., “Reliability Analysis for Serviceability Limit State of Bridges Concerning Deflection Criteria”, Structural Engineering International, No. 2/2016, pp.168-175
- Nowak, A.S. and Pipinato, A., “Loads on Bridges”, Chapter in “Innovative Bridge Design Handbook”, ed. Pipinato, A., Elsevier, New York, pp. 21-35, 2016.
- Ghasemi, S., Pour-Rouholamin, M., Nowak, A. and Zhou, H., “State-of-the-Art Model to Evaluation Space Headway Based on Reliability Analysis”, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 1943-5436, March 2016
- Yanaka, M., Nowak, A.S. and Ghasemi, S.H., “Reliability-Based and Life-Cycle-Cost Oriented Design Recommendations for Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders, Structural Concrete Journal of fib, (to appear).
- Rakoczy, A.M., Nowak, A.S. and Dick, S., "Fatigue Reliability Model for Steel Railway Bridges”, Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, March 2016.
- Rakoczy, A.M. and Nowak, A.S., "Resistance Factors for Lightweight Concrete Members”, American Concrete Institute Journal of Structures, Vol. 111, No. 1, Jan-Feb. 2014, pp. 103- 111.
- Rakoczy, A.M. and Nowak, A.S., " Reliability-based strength limit state for steel railway bridges”, Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, September 2013, pp. 1-14
- Nowak, A.S. and Rakoczy P., "WIM-Based Live Load for Bridges", KSCE Journal of Engineering, Vol. 17, No. 3, April 2013, pp. 568-574
- Nowak, A.S. and Rakoczy A.M., "Uncertainties in the Building Process ", Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Vol. 61, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 129-135
- Rakoczy, A.M. and Nowak, A.S., "Reliability-Based Sensitivity Analysis for Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges”, PCI Journal, Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute, Vol. 58, No. 4, Fall 2013, pp. 81-92
- Nowak, A.S. and Collins, K.R., "Reliability of Structures", 2nd Edition, CRC Press, New York, 2013.
- Rakoczy, A.M. and Nowak, A.S., "Resistance Model of Lightweight Concrete Members”, ACI Journal of Materials, Vol. 110, January 2013, pp. 99-108
- Nowak, A.S., Rakoczy P. and Sheikh Ibrahim, F.I., "Proposed Load Combination Factors for Bridges with High Dead-to-live Load Ratios ", Bridge Structures Journal, 8, 2012, pp. 61-66
- Nowak, A.S., Rakoczy, A.M. and Szeliga, E., "Revised Statistical Resistance Models for R/C Structural Components", American Concrete Institute, SP-284, March 2012, pp. 6-1 - 6-16.
- Nowak, A.S and Rakoczy, A.M., “Statistical Model for Compressive Strength of Lightweight Concrete”, Architecture, Civil Eng., Environment ACEE Journal, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2011, pp. 73- 80.
- Nowak, A.S and Rakoczy, A.M., “American Codes, Standards and Specifications”, Scientific Publications No. 276, Rzeszow University of Technology, Vol. 58, No. 3, 2011, pp. 187-202.
Recent Professional Development Activities
- Regularly participate in technical committee activities and attend technical sessions at TRB, ACI and AASHTO events.
System reliability and risk analysis, highway bridges, fatigue and fracture reliability analysis
- An investigation of vibration of horizontally curved bridge in highway feeder ramps, Sponsor, Illinois Institute of Technology, principal investigator, J. Mohammadi
- Analytical investigation of seismic damage to skewed bridges in California, sponsor, Illinois Institute of Technology, principal investigators, J. Mohammadi and J. Shen
- A Bayesian updating approach using visual inspection in structural health monitoring, Sponsor: Illinois Institute of Technology, principal investigators: J. Mohammadi and M. Modares
- Determinant of motor vehicle fatalities and fatality rate in Illinois,Sponsor: Illinois Department of Transportation, principal investigators: J. Mohammadi and J. Khisty
- A warning system for early detection of collapse of structures during fire, Sponsor: NASA Huntsville, AL, principal investigator: J. Mohammadi
- Risk analysis for transportation of hazardous materials throughout the city of Chicago, Sponsor: Illinois EPA and Chicago Fire Department, principal investigators: J. Mohammadi and J. Khisty
- An investigation into causes and effects of fires following the Loma Prieta Eathquake, sponsor: National Science Foundation, principal investigator: J. Mohammadi
- Effect of Truck Weight Increase upon Illinois Highway Bridges,Sponsor: Illinois Department of Transportation, principal investigators: S. Guralnick and J. Mohammadi
- Fatigue analysis
- Bridge performance
- Structural analysis
Systems Engineering, with economics, probability and statistics, 2nd Edition, J. Khisty, J. Mohammadi, and Adjo Amedkudzi, Ross Publishing, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
NDT Methods Applied to Fatigue Reliability Assessment of Structures m> (J. Mohammadi, editor), American Society of Civil Engineers, 2004.
Guralnick, S.A., and Mohammadi, J. (2010). A probabilistic mechanical model for simulating fatigue failure in metals – modeling the damage accumulation process," International Journal of Structural Engineering.
Mohammadi, J., and Polepeddi, R., Bridge rating with consideration for fatigue damage from overloads, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 5, No. 3, Aug. 2000, p 259-266.
Byers, W., Marley, M., Mohammadi, J., Nielson, R. and Sarkani, S. (1997).Fatigue reliability reassessment procedures: a state-of-the-art paper, J. of Structural Engineering, ASCE.
Byers, W., Marley, M., Mohammadi, J., Nielson, R. and Sarkani, S. (1997).Fatigue reliability reassessment applications: a state-of-the-art paper, J. of Structural Engineering, ASCE.
Mohammadi, J., Guralnick, S.A. and Yan, L. (1995). Incorporating life-cycle costs in highway-bridge planning and design, J. of Transportation Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 121, Number 5, September 1995, p. 417-424.
Hahin, C., South, G., Mohammadi, J. and Polepeddi, R. (1993). Accurate and Rapid Strain Gage Determination of Fatigue damage in Steel Bridges, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 119.
Apirakvorapinit, P, Mohammadi, J., and Shen, J. (2011). Analytical Investigation of Seismic Damage to a Skewed Bridge, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE.
Mohammadi, J., and Modares, M. (2012). A Practical Approach in Using Uncertainties in Structural Condition Assessment, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE (on-line edition).
Djavid, M., and Mohammadi, J. (2011). Comparative Risk Analysis for Reconstruction of a Partially Failed Dike System, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE.
- Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
- M.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 2011
- B.S., Architectural Engineering (double major in Civil and Environmental Engineering), Korea University, 2009
- Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Aug 2017 – Present
- Postdoctoral Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Aug 2016 – Jul 2017
- Visiting Faculty, Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida, Aug 2015 – Aug 2016
- Graduate Research Assistant, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Aug 2011 – Aug 2015
- Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholarship for Doctoral Research, 2011 – 2015
- Winner, ASCE/EMI Probabilistic Methods Committee Student Paper Competition, 2014
- Honors Scholarship, Korea University, 2004
- Structural reliability
- Life-cycle analysis and risk assessment of civil infrastructure systems exposed to extreme events
- Multi-hazard risk mitigation
- Climate change effects on civil infrastructure design and maintenance strategies
- Risk-informed decision-making
- Infrastructure resilience and sustainability
- Mechanics of Materials
- Structural Analysis
- Structural Reliability
- Structural Load Modeling
- Structural Stability
- Lee, J.Y., Burton, H.V. and Lallemant, D., 2017. Adaptive decision-making for civil infrastructure systems and communities exposed to evolving risks. Structural Safety, submitted.
- Lee, J.Y. and Ellingwood, B.R., 2017. A decision model for intergenerational life-cycle risk assessment of civil infrastructure exposed to hurricanes under climate change. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 159:100-107.
- Ellingwood, B.R. and Lee, J.Y., 2016. Managing risks to civil infrastructure due to natural hazards: communicating long-term risks due to climate change. In Risk Analysis of Natural Hazards: Interdisciplinary Challenges and Integrated Solutions. Risk, Governance, and Society, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-22126-7.
- Ellingwood, B.R. and Lee, J.Y., 2016. Life cycle performance goals for civil infrastructure: intergenerational risk-informed decisions. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 12(7):822-829.
- Lee, J.Y. and Ellingwood, B.R., 2015. Ethical discounting for civil infrastructure decisions extending over multiple generations. Structural Safety, 57:43-52.
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Luis Canhoto Neves is an Lecturer in the Resilience Engineering Research Group at the University of Nottingham. His work has focused on life-cycle analysis of existing structures and structural risk analysis. He is author of 43 papers in International Journals, and several communications in conferences. He is the recipient of the 2007 Munro Award and the 2008 IABMAS Young Researcher Award. He worked as a bridge consultant, participating in the design of pre-stressed concrete, composite and steel short and medium span bridges.
Luis is a member of the Resilience Engineering research group.
CHOJACZYK, A. A., TEIXEIRA, A. P., NEVES, L. C., CARDOSO, J. B. and GUEDES SOARES, C., 2015. Review and application of Artificial Neural Networks models in reliability analysis of steel structures: Structural Safety Structural Safety. 52(PA), 78-89
RIBEIRO, F., BARBOSA, A., SCOTT, M. and NEVES, L., 2015. Deterioration Modeling of Steel Moment Resisting Frames Using Finite-Length Plastic Hinge Force-Based Beam-Column Elements Journal of Structural Engineering. 141(2), 04014112
A. SILVA, L.C. NEVES, P. L. GASPAR and J. DE BRITO, 2015. Probabilistic transition of condition: render facadesBuilding Research & Information.
RIBEIRO, F. L. A., BARBOSA, A. R. and NEVES, L. C., 2014. Application of reliability-based robustness assessment of steel moment resisting frame structures under post-mainshock cascading events: Journal of Structural Engineering (United States) Journal of Structural Engineering (United States). 140(8),
Dr. Mohammad Jalayer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. Dr. Jalayer’s interest is in traffic engineering and he has been deeply involved in research related to traffic operations and safety, statistical methods and applications in transportation, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He has made major contributions to several projects contracted with Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) in recent years. Dr. Jalayer has authored or coauthored more than 60 scholarly articles and papers that have been published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Jalayer is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as 2016 National Highway Safety Information System (HSIS), 2017 ASCE -CJB Young Civil Engineer of Year, and 2017 ITE-Northeastern District Rising Star Program. Dr. Jalayer is a member of ASCE T&DI Transportation Safety Committees, ITE, and ASCE. He received a doctorate in civil engineering from Auburn University in 2016.
Earthquakes, cyclones, floods and tsunamis are events of low probability but high consequences. Associate Professor Hao Zhang's research looks at the frequency and magnitude of such events, and at their effects on structures such as buildings and bridges, with the aim of increasing safety by improving design.
"We cannot eliminate earthquakes, cyclones and so on. They will happen. But in terms of our structures, we can be prepared.
"It's not possible to design a structure that is absolutely safe - one that will never fail - but we can certainly mitigate the risks so that, for example, if a major earthquake does occur, the people inside will be able to get out.
"I always wanted to be a structural engineer. My parents were both mechanical engineers, so I was familiar with engineering generally, but as a kid I decided I wanted to build something big, so I went into civil engineering!
"I worked in industry before entering academia, which means I appreciate the challenges and responsibilities of being a civil engineer. I wanted to gain this experience before becoming a researcher. Otherwise I felt that I would be doing research into, for example, building better bridges but would never have designed one myself.
"I joined the University of Sydney in 2008, and am very happy to have moved here. I can choose what I want to research, and the School of Civil Engineering provides me with a lot of support, including funding, student resources and opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and industry. I really enjoy working in this environment."
Chris Eamon’s primary area of expertise is structural reliability analysis. His research interests include the modeling and reliability assessment of structures under extreme loads such as traffic overloads, blast, fire, and wind; reliability-based design optimization; traffic load modeling; and consideration of approximate probabilistic methods for fast, efficient analysis. His work involved application to a variety of structures, including civil, automotive, and marine, with emphasis on bridge components and systems.
Education and employment:
- the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rzeszow University of Technology under the direction of environmental engineering, the specialty of municipal engineering.
- Ph.D. thesis was defended with distinctions from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Bialystok in the discipline of environmental engineering.
in the field of engineering and technical sciences in the discipline of environmental engineering, mining, and energy, the Faculty of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Cracow.
- reliability and safety of municipal systems
- water supply systems
- water network
- risk analysis connected with water supply systems operation
- safety of water supply consumers
- failure risk analysis
- reliability-based risk assessment
|2018 – Present||Associate Professor – School of Urban and Environmental Eng., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
(Sep. 2018 ~ Present)
|2013 – 2018||Assistant Professor – School of Urban and Environmental Eng., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
(Jun. 2013 ~ Aug. 2018)
|2014 – 2015||Visiting Scholar – Civil and Environmental Eng., University of California at Berkeley
(Feb. 2014 ~ Jan. 2015)
|2012 – 2013||Research Assistant Professor – School of Urban and Environmental Eng., Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
(Jun. 2012 ~ May 2013)
|2006 – 2012||Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL
Dissertation: Finite-element-based System Reliability Analysis and Updating of Fatigue-induced Sequential Failures
(Advisor: Prof. Junho Song, currently at Seoul National Univ., Korea)
|2004 – 2006||M.S. in Civil Engineering
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Thesis: A Study on the Load-resistance Factor of Cable-stayed Steel Bridges through Reliability Analysis
(Advisor: Prof. Sung Pil Chang)
|1997 – 2004||B.S. in Civil Engineering
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Honors / Awards
|2015||우수논문상, 대한토목학회 2015년 정기학술대회|
|2011||CERRA Students Recognition Award, International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA)
(given in recognition of scientific contributions of student researchers)
|2011||Chester P. Siess Award, UIUC
(given to students with outstanding Ph.D. research)
|2010||Graduate College Conference Travel Award, UIUC|
|2004||Seoul National University Fellowship, Seoul National University
(given to students with high academic performance)
|2003||Graduated with Honors (B.S., Cum Laude), Seoul National University|
|2000||Alumni Association Scholarship, Department of Civil Engineering, Seoul National University|
|1997 – 2000||Seoul National University Fellowships, Seoul National University|
- 대한토목학회(Korean Society of Civil Engineers, KSCE)
- 한국지진공학회(Earthquake Engineering Society of Korea, EESK)
- 한국전산구조공학회(Computational Structural Engineering Institute of Korea)
- 한국방재학회(Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation)
- 한국교량및구조공학회(Korea Institute of Bridge and Structural Engineers)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI)
- Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)
- 한국지진공학회 재해 대응 및 대책 위원회 위원
- 한국방재학회 학술위원회 위원
- 한국방재학회 학회지 편집위원회 위원
- Asia Pacific Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society 2017, Scientific Committee & Associate Editor
- 대한토목학회 2016 정기학술대회 특별프로그램위원회 간사
- The 5th International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (ISRERM2016), Local organizing committee
Services and Activities
울산광역시 사전재난영향성검토위원회 위원 (2017.1-2018.12)
울산 시민안전체험 교육센터 건립 자문위원회 위원 (2016.9-2018.3)
울산광역시 재해복구사업 사전심의위원회 위원 (2016.7-2018.7)
울산광역시 중구 도시계획위원회 위원 (2016.1-2017.12)
울산창조경제혁신센터 창업지원멘토단 위원 (2015.10–2017.10)
울산광역시 안전관리민관협력위원회 위원 (2015.3–2017.3)
울산광역시 저수지, 댐 안전관리위원회 위원 (2013.3–2017.2)
Technical Reviewer: Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE), KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Advances in Structural Engineering, Smart Structures and Systems, Applied Mathematical Modeling, Computers and Concrete, etc.
Rafael Holdorf Lopez is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, since 2011. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (Brazil), in 2006, and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rouen (France) in 2010. Currently, Dr. Lopez has a Level 2 CNPq Researcher Fellowship and conducts research on the development of algorithms for engineering optimization and optimization under uncertainty, reliability and uncertainty quantification, with applications to structural systems.
Structural optimization and reliability
Efficient Global Optimization (EGO), Stochastic Descent Algorithms, Risk and Reliability based design optimization, Bridge Safety and Reliability, Wind Turbine Foundation Structural Optimization.
- Structural Analysis II (undergraduate program)
Direct stiffness method: truss and frame elements in 2D and 3D.
- Introduction to the Finite Element Method (undergraduate program)
Introduction to approximation methods; variational formulations for bar and beam elements; structure of a finite element code; plane stress/strain finite element analysis.
- Introduction to Structural Optimization (graduate program)
Introduction to optimization; numerical methods for constrained and unconstrained problems.
- Heuristic Methods for optimization in engineering (graduate program)
Simulated annealing, genetic algorithm and swarm intelligence; constrained problems; problems with discrete design variables; hybrid deterministic-stochastic algorithms.
- Introduction to Numerical Methods (graduate program)
Calculus of Variations, approximation methods (Ritz, Galerkin), application to structural models: Euler-Bernoulli, Timoshenko and high order beams, Kirchhoff plates.
Data-driven based structural reliability methods
Random field modeling and spatial variability simulations
Reliability-based design optimization and its applications (e.g. wind turbine struc-
tures, gearboxes in large-scale machineries, robotic manipulators and NC machine
tools, turbine disks in aero-engines, and among others)
June 2013, Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering: “Computationally efficient methods for reliability and global
sensitivity analysis” with Professor Mahesh D. Pandey, University of Waterloo, Canada
March 2008, Master in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, China
Sami W. Tabsh has been a faculty member at the University of Houston, Texas, and a project engineer for complex structures with Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Tabsh's research interests are in reliability-based code development, bridge structures, high-rise buildings and large-scale experimental testing. He has been published man times in international journals and conference proceedings, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr. Gaofeng Jia specializes in natural hazard risk assessment/mitigation, robust analysis/design of complex engineering systems and high performance structures, risk-informed decision making, modeling of aging and deterioration of infrastructure, as well as automated condition assessment of civil infrastructure with the ultimate goal of enhancing infrastructure resilience. His research brings together the versatility of generalized simulation-based approaches and the efficiency of soft computing and high performance computing to address the challenges associated with solving complex engineering problems. Dr. Jia earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (2007) and Master's degree in Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (2009) from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (2014). Prior to joining CSU, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame (2014-2015) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015-2016). He is recipient of the Young Researcher Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (2013), and of the Best Student Paper Award in the ASCE EMI/PMC conference (2012).
Radu Vacareanu graduated Civil Engineering in 1991 from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. He got his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (UTCB) in 1999 in the field of seismic risk assessment. Currently, he is Professor of Structural Reliability and Seismic Risk Analysis at UTCB. Radu Vacareanu is Vice-President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE), National Delegate of Romania at the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) and Executive President of the National Commission for Earthquake Engineering of Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration of Romania. In between 2002 and 2008, he was the director of the National Centre for Seismic Risk Reduction, implementing the JICA (Japan Technical Cooperation Agency) Project on Seismic Risk Reduction for Buildings and Structures in Romania. Radu Vacareanu participated in international projects and coordinated national projects aiming at seismic risk reduction. He published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences proceedings. His research interest covers the seismic hazard, fragility and risk.
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Roman is appointed as Associate Professor and researcher in the field of Structural Engineering at the Stellenbosch University. His research interests are within the field of structural reliability and consist mainly of the assessment of existing structures, traffic load modeling, and target reliability values. Further interests are aligned with cost optimization and reliability based decision making.
He received his Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) at the University of German Armed Forces in Munich. The aim of his study was the development of a safety concept for military traffic on existing bridges. MSc in Structural Engineering was accomplished at UC Berkeley with a focus on Earthquake related design.
His additional past activities, as a self-employed consultant, included design and design review of any structural engineering work with an emphasis on bridges and tunnels. His previous professional experience involved large transportation projects in North America, where he mainly provided structural design services for bridges and other transportation-related structures. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Civil) in California.
Education & Degrees
Structures, Mechanics and Materials, M.S., Ph.D. (GPA = 4.0) 08/2002-12/2006
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, Iowa City, IA 52242
Dissertation: A Study of Alternative Formulations for Optimization of Structural and Mechanical Systems
Subjected to Static and Dynamic Loads
Advisor: Prof. Jasbir S. Arora
Civil Engineering, M.Phil. 08/1999-07/2001
THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Hong Kong
Thesis: Nonlinear Stiffness Design Optimization of Tall Reinforced Concrete Buildings Under Service Loads
Advisor: Prof. Chun-Man Chan
Civil Engineering, B.E. 09/1995-07/1999
DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, Dalian, P.R. China
Project: Design of Star Sea Hotel, Dalian, P.R. China
Advisor: Prof. Qing-Xiang Wang
Tenure-Track Associate Professor 08/2018-present
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
MANHATTAN COLLEGE, Riverdale, NY 10471
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor 08/2012-08/2018
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
MANHATTAN COLLEGE, Riverdale, NY 10471
• Reliability and Fragility Analysis of Engineering System
• Optimization Algorithms and Engineering Applications
• Crash and Impact Analysis and Design
• Multi-Hazard Modeling and Design
• Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructures
• Multi-Body Dynamics and Human Modeling
• System Identification and Optimal Control
• Computational Mechanics
• Engineering Education
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Dr. Nazari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. His primary research interests are: application of remote sensing in water resources and environment, Coastal resiliency, hydrodynamic modeling, storm water management and impact assessment of extreme weather events on built environment. He has worked on New York and New Jersey Resiliency planning has been a pioneer in identification of the high risk areas and prediction of the possible damages and cost analysis under various extreme climatic scenarios. He has received over $3,000,000 in funding from federal, state and industry for his research. Dr. Nazari's research has been supported by NSF, USDA, FEMA, NJDCA, NJDEP, NY/NJ DOT, and American Water. Dr. Nazari's work has been featured on TV and major Newspapers including, PIX11 news, NJTV, US Guardian, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Business and Press of Atlantic City to name a few.
Dr. Ehsan Noroozinejad Farsangi is currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earthquake Engineering at the Graduate University of Advanced Technology, Iran. Dr. Noroozinejad is known as the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering, the Associate Editor of the ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, the Associate Editor of IET Journal of Engineering, the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Built Environment: Earthquake Engineering Section and the Trial Engineering Editor at ASCE Natural Hazards Review. He is also a member of the FIB Commission on Resilient RC Structures, the ASCE Objective Resilience Committee, the RILEM Structural Performance and Design Technical Committee and also the IEEE P693 Committee on Seismic Design for Substations. His main field of expertise are structural and earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, resilience-based design, reliability analysis, and vibration control in structures and infrastructure under extreme loading.
P. Fakharian received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from Semnan University. He is currently a Ph.D. student of Structural Engineering and is working on reliability of structure with emphasis on code calibration. Furthermore, he is a professional in the area of application of soft computing in Civil Engineering. He is a member of many associations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Iranian Society of Structural Engineering (ISSE), Iran Concrete Institute (ICI), Iranian Society of Steel Structures (ISSS). He serves as deputy editor in two international journals including Journal of Soft Computing in Civil Engineering (SCCE) and Journal of Computational Engineering and Physical Modeling (CEPM). During his academic experience in university, he has performed lots of activity as an executive manager in many parts. His awards include: 1st Top Ranked Ph.D. Student Honor at Semnan University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, a Distinguished student of Semnan University masters student, Top 10% Ranked B.Sc. Student Honor at Semnan University, Faculty of Civil Engineering. He has taught a variety of academic courses including Statics, Construction Machinery, Strength of Materials, Bridge Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Cost Estimating, Principles of Construction Management, Building Construction Techniques, Architecture and Urban Design, Principles of Architecture and Urbanism.
Mehdi Mokhtari received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sistan & Baluchestan and M.Sc. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Isfahan. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate of Structural Engineering and is working on the seismic resilience of RC buildings with an emphasis on cost-resilience trade-off using soft computing. Furthermore, he is a professional in the area of seismic resilience and vulnerability in Structural Engineering. During his academic experience in university, he has performed lots of activity as an executive manager in many parts. His awards include: Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, 1st Top Ranked M.Sc. Student Honor at the University of Isfahan, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Award for the Top Paper in the 2nd National Conference on New Material and Structures in Civil Engineering, University of Isfahan, 2nd Top Ranked B.Sc. Student Honor at the University of Sistan & Baluchestan, Department of Civil Engineering. He has taught a variety of academic courses including Statics, Strength of Materials, Analysis of structures, Design of Steel and Concrete Structures, Design of Bridge, Dynamic of Structures, Stability of Structures.