FIU Students

Current Students

Hamza Al- Shalabi (BS student): Hamza Al-shalabi is an undergraduate student at FIU, working towards a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in structural engineering. He has been working as a research intern for ABC-UTC at FIU for almost six months now and assisted with most of the projects taking place in the research lab. Hamza is an active member in the ASCE FIU chapter; he is active in the steel bridge, concrete canoe, and the dynamic dam projects for the ASCE conference in the beginning of March. Hamza is expected to graduate in May 2019 and he wants to continue his masters in construction management.


Sayed Feras AlMosawi (BS student):  Sayed Feras is currently an undergraduate student assistant  at Florida International University enrolled in the BS/MS combined program. He is looking to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering by December 2017 and master’s degree by December 2018, both focusing on Structural Engineering. Sayed Feras was exposed to civil engineering at a very young age, as his father was in the construction business. This persuaded him to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. Currently he is assisting Dr. Armin Mehrabi on his research project focusing on NDT Methods Applicable to Health Monitoring of ABC Closure Joints. This project involves search, identification, and adaptation or development of practical and economical methods for field inspection and damage detection of ABC closure joints, immediately after completion and periodically thereafter during its service life. In Fall 2016, Sayed Feras was awarded the ASCE SEI-ACE Merit Award for ACE outstanding Structural Engineering student.


Ali Bakhtari (PhD student): Ali Bakhtiari is a graduate research assistant at FIU. He graduated with a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering in 2016 from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He also received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2012. His M.Sc. research project focused on importance of overstrength factor in inelastic behavior of soil-structure systems. He started his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2018. He is currently working on the ABC-UTC research project “A Predictive Computer Program for Proactive Demolition Planning” under the supervision of Dr. Seung Jae Lee.


Mohamadtaqi Baqersad (PhD student, P.E.):  Mohamadtaqi Baqersad is a graduate research assistant at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He received his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran in 2014, and his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2011 from Yazd University in Iran. In his Master’s thesis, he worked on numerical simulation of consolidation settlement of saturated soil. He has started his PhD in structural and Pavement Engineering since August 2015. Currently, he is working on an ABC project called “Development of Guide for Selection of Substructure for ABC Projects” at Florida International University under the supervision of Professors Armin Mehrabi and Hesham Ali. This project provides guidelines for decision making by the designers and bridge owners for the selection of substructure and foundation for new bridges and replacement of existing bridges using the ABC methods, including evaluation, retrofitting, design, and construction.


Sumana Bhattacharya (PhD Student): Sumana Bhattacharya is a PhD student at FIU specializing in geomechanics. She received bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, India and master’s in Geotechnical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. During her master’s studies, she applied finite element method, finite difference method and artificial neural network to geotechnical engineering problems. After completing bachelor’s degree, she worked as a software automation engineer for three years. She is currently assisting on multi-scale modelling of bridge foundations.


Nerma Caluk (MS Student): Nerma Caluk is a graduate research assistant at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She obtained her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Florida International University in 2018. She has started her MS in Structural Engineering in August 2018. Currently, she is working on construction of prefabricated UHPC shell as stay-in-place framework in order to reduce the scaffolding and falsework, and reduces on-site construction time at Florida International University, under the supervision of professors Dr. Azizinamini. In this research, the UHPC shell tube, which envelopes the column, acts as a durable protection layer against environment for regular reinforced concrete. It focuses on performance of concrete filled UHPC tube as bridge column, and their connection detail with other bridge elements.


Francisco Chitty (PhD Student): Francisco Chitty is a Ph.D. student at FIU with a focus on structural engineering. He received his M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University in 2016 and B.Sc. from Andres Bello Catholic University in 2014. As part of his Bachelor’s research, he developed and published a structural retrofit scheme of a typical school’s concrete structure in Venezuela to decrease its seismic vulnerability. As part of his Master’s research, he worked on simulation of evacuation environments based on collected data by integrating three types of analysis: social behavior, architectural analysis, and structural analysis in one single simulation step during emergency scenarios. The study of evacuation scenarios was based on multi-scale methods for agent-based simulations. Currently, he is assisting on the project related to performance of precast concrete deck panels.


 Saiada Fuadi Fancy (PhD student): Saiada Fuadi Fancy is a Ph.D. student at FIU with a focus in structural engineering. She received her M.Sc. degree in Structural Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology and her B.Sc. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology. Her M.Sc. research was focused on the experimental performance investigation of beam column frames with column kickers. She started her Ph.D. in structural engineering in Fall 2014. Currently, she is working on the Corrosion durability of reinforced concrete utilizing UHPC for ABC applications.


Saman Farhangdoust (PhD Student):  Saman is a graduate research assistant at Florida International University. He received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Railway Rolling Stocks Engineering major, from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2014 and his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics and Manufacturing major, in 2011. In his Master’s thesis, he worked on “Nonlinear Free Vibration Analysis of Stiffened Rectangular Plates”. He has completed his Master’s seminar in “Ray Tracing Approach to the Study of the Acoustical Modeling of Railway Wagons”.  Saman is working on NDT and SHM projects, and his current project is entitled “Nondestructive Testing Methods (NDT) Applicable to Health Monitoring of ABC Closure Joints”.


Mahsa Farzad (PhD Student):  Mahsa Farzad is a graduate research assistant at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She received her M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran in 2013, and her B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2010 from Shahrood University of Technology in Iran. In her Master’s thesis, she worked on experimental study of building bracing systems using semi-rigid connections. She has started her PhD in structural Engineering since August 2014. Currently, she is working on a new bridge construction system called “Simple for Dead, and Continuous for Live Load (SDCL)” in Florida International University under the supervision of Professor Azizinamini. This system utilizes a joint detail at the interior supports that does not become continuous until after the dead loads have been applied. The purpose of this research is to investigate the performance of this system in high seismic areas.


Dewan Hossain (PhD Student): Dewan Hossain is a Ph.D. student at FIU with a focus in structural engineering. He received an M.Sc. and MCE degree respectively in structural materials engineering and transportation infrastructure engineering respectively from Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana and the University of Delaware. In addition, he received his B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apart from that, he worked in NASA led research project of repairing rocket testing facility by Geopolymer concrete. Currently, he is working on corrosion related projects.


Ehsan Izadpanahi (PhD Student): Ehsan Izadpanahi is a Ph.D. student at FIU with focuses on Fluid-Solid interaction, Aeroelasticity, and Computational Mechanics. He joined the mechanical engineering program at Florida International University as a PhD student in 2016, and now he is working as a graduate research assistant in Fluid-solid interaction laboratory. He obtained his master’s degree from Chamran Ahvaz University. He has been working on wide range of topics such as, Stability Analysis and Nonlinear Structural Dynamics of Beams Subjected to Follower Forces, and Constructal Design and Stability of High Altitude Long Endurance Aircrafts. Currently he is working on the ABC-UTC research project “Application of Drone in Accelerated Bridge Construction”.


Azadeh Jaberi

Azadeh Jaberi (PhD Student):  Azadeh Jaberi Jahromi is a Ph.D. student with a focus on structural engineering at FIU. She received her M.Sc. from Iran University of Science, Tehran, Iran and B.Sc. degree in 2006 from Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran. Her M.Sc. research focused on retrofitting concrete bridges with FPR and characterization of plastic hinges in reinforced concrete bridge piers. She was a structural designer at Mapna Group for seven years before returning to academia. She is currently working on the ABC-UTC research project “Development of Manual for Enhanced Service Life of ABC Projects”.


 Seyedmirsajad  Mokhtarimousavi (PhD student):  Sajad is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Department at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He received his Master’s degree in Transportation Planning from IAU, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran in 2013. His primary focus is on transportation systems planning, travel behavior analysis, and transportation safety. His Master’s thesis research was on airport planning and surface management by studying the improvement of runway capacity through the best possible landing sequence for the optimum outcome. In his Ph.D. program, his research has focused on developing machine learning techniques to analysis highway work zone safety and the benefits can be obtained through the implementation of ABC method. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Atorod Azizinamini.


Sheharyar-e-Rehmat (PhD Student):  Sheharyar-e-Rehmat is a Ph.D. student  at FIU with a focus in structural engineering. He received his M.Sc. degree in Civil engineering from Saitama University, Japan in 2015 and B.Sc. degree in Civil engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan in 2008. As part of his Master’s research he worked on Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges. He applied Eigensystem Realization Algorithm (ERA) to free vibrations from different bridges for damage detection and an eigenvalue analysis using finite element software to interpret the results of ERA. He co-authored two papers for IALCCE and ICSECM conferences. He has four-year experience in construction and design of concrete bridges. He started his PhD in structural engineering in 2016. Currently he is working on the ABC-UTC research project “The Use of Magnetic Flux Leakage for Non-Destructive Testing”.


Roberto Rodriguez (PhD student): Roberto Rodriguez is a Ph. D. student at FIU with focus on soil structure interaction. He obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Florida International University in 2014 and a M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. His project is titled “Innovative Foundation Alternative for High Speed Rail Application”.


Amir Sadeghnejad (PhD Student):  Amir Sadeghnejad is a Ph. D. student at FIU. He received his M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2015 and B.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in 2012. In his Master’s program his research project was focused on seismic behavior of beam-to-column connections. He started his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2016. Currently, he is working on the ABC-UTC research project “Extending Application of SDCL to ABC in Seismic Regions. Phase II- Experimental”


Mohamadreza Shafieifar

Mohamadreza Shafieifar (PhD Student):  Mohamadreza graduated from Sharif University in 2012 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Florida International University (FIU). He is working on modeling buildings and bridges using Abaqus and SAP software. From a very young age, he was familiarized with civil engineering since his father held the same degree and pursued it as his career. Mohamadreza’s career has taken off in two different directions. From a pedagogical perspective, he has worked as a lecturer in ABA University. On the other hand, he has worked as a building designer at Bandab and Yekom consulting engineering firms. He is actively involved in ongoing research in the area of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). He has also taken an interest in new technologies such as web designing as one of his main hobbies.


Esmail Shahrokhinasab (PhD Student):  Esmail is a graduate research assistant at FIU in Miami, FL. He received his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Railway Structure Engineering major, from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2012 and his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, in 2009 from the Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. In his Master’s thesis, he worked on “Field studies on the effects of under sleeper pads in lateral resistance of railway”, under supervisor of Dr. Jabbar Ali Zakeri. He also worked as a civil expert in different departments in one of the most prominent companies in dam industry “Mahab Ghodss Consulting Engineers”, Tehran, Iran for six years.  He has been working on a wide range of topics such as sustainability, structural health monitoring, concrete technology and long-term durability of structures. Esmail is working on FDPC deck panels, and his current project is entitled “Performance Comparison of In-Service, Full-Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panels to Cast-in-Place Decks” in FIU under the supervision of Dr. Garber.


Rutambara Sonawane (PhD Student):  Rutambara Sonawane is a graduate research assistant at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She received her master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cleveland State University, Ohio in 2017, and her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering in 2014 from Pune University in India. She has started her PhD in Civil Engineering since January 2018. Currently, she is working on a corrosion related projects under the supervision of Professor Lau.


Alireza Valikhani (PhD Student):  Alireza Valikhani is a Ph.D. student at FIU. He received a M.S. in structural engineering, earthquake engineering and civil and environmental engineering respectively from University at Buffalo, NY. USA, Sharif University, Tehran, Iran and Tehran University, Tehran, Iran also he received a B.S in civil engineering from Tabriz University,Tabriz,Iran. He Has experience of working as structural designer and supervisor in field for four years. He is currently working on new methods of retrofitting bridge structural elements.


 

Former Students

Daniel Castillo (MS Student):Daniel Castillo is a M.Sc. student at FIU with a focus in structural engineering and will graduate in December 2018. He obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Florida Atlantic University in 2016. He has construction project management experience as well as structural engineering experience designing low-rise buildings and other structures such as amusement park ropes courses. Currently, he works as a structural engineer at Hardesty & Hanover where he is part of the movable bridges design team. In the past, he worked on the ABC-UTC research project “Towards simulation-aided predictive demolition planning” under the direction of Dr. Seung Jae Lee.


Vanessa Castillo

Vanessa Castillo (BS, 2014):  Vanessa was an undergraduate ABC-UTC assistant at Florida International University. She graduated in December 2014 with a BS in Civil Engineering and is pursuing her MS in Construction Management.


Jaime Danies  (BS Student): Jaime Danies was an undergraduate research assistant at FlU during the summer of 2017. He is currently a student at Columbia University working towards a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering and a minor in Architecture. As an ABC-UTC research intern at FIU, he worked under Dr. Atorod Azizinamini to assist various PhD candidates on various projects, particularly those investigating alternative ABC connections using UHPC. Outside of class, Jaime enjoys photography and is Vice President of his ASCE chapter.


Alfredo

Alfredo Ignacio Falcon (BS, 2017):  Alfredo is an undergraduate student at Florida International University. He is currently working towards receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering by May 2017, and plans to pursue a M.S. in Structural Engineering. Alfredo has been a student assistant for ABC-UTC since September 2015, and has participated in the testing process of a cap beam-to-column connection with the use of Ultra High Performance Concrete, research project. He has since developed a great interest for Accelerated Bridge Construction, concrete design and UHPC. Alfredo is also chair at the American Concrete Institute Student Chapter at FIU and Captain of the Steel Bridge team for the American Society of Civil Engineers at FIU. He can be contacted at afalc033@fiu.edu.


Julian Gomez

Julian Gomez (BS, 2015):  Julian was an undergraduate research assistant at Florida International University. He completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2015. Julian worked with the ABC-UTC for nearly a year as an undergrad assisting with several different event projects and research. Outside of school, Julian loves to spend time with family and playing soccer on his free time.


Jawad Gull

Jawad Gull (PhD, 2015):  Jawad is bridge designer at HDR and has 9 years of experience in research and structural engineering. He has expertise in cable structures and steel bridges. He has worked on diverse engineering projects in United States, Japan and Pakistan. He is currently working on I-4 Ultimate project that involves design and construction of over 60 new bridges and replacement of over 70 existing bridge bridges. Dr. Gull obtained his doctorate degree from Florida International University. He worked on several research projects and successfully addressed issues related to construction, inspection, and rehabilitation of bridges. He served as the assistant director of ABC-UTC at Florida International University. He was PI of key ABC-UTC research projects addressing the issues related to service life and data base management of ABC projects. He earned his masters from Saitama University, Japan. He and his research team worked in collaboration of Tokyo Electric Power Company and addressed several issues related to wind induced vibrations of cable structures. He has been involved in several destructive and nondestructive tests of structures and materials in Pakistan. He is active member of ASCE and ACI, and a proud member of ABC-UTC mentoring team.


Mohamed Ibrahim

Mohamed Ibrahim (PhD, 2017):  Mohamed earned his PhD in the Transportation Engineering program at FIU. He started his PhD in 2012 and completed it in 2017. He received his M.Sc. from Cairo University, Egypt, and his B.Sc. degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He also has an MBA degree from the American University in Cairo. Mohamed has more than 10 years of working experience both as site engineer and an engineer consultant in Egypt and the Middle East. Mohamed worked on the decision making for alternative contracting methods for highway pavement rehabilitation project. Mohamed also worked on an NSF research titled “Foster Complex Systems Thinking in Construction Engineering Education Using a Case-Based Multidimensional Virtual Environment” under the supervision of Professor Yimin Zhu from 2012 to 2014. He also worked on an ABC-UTC research project entitled “Estimating Total Cost of Bridge Construction using ABC and Conventional Methods of Construction.”


Jianmin Jia

Jianmin Jia (PhD, 2017):  Jianmin earned his PhD in the Transportation Engineering program at Florida International University in Miami, FL. He was a PhD student from August 2013 until he finished in 2017. He received his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from ShanDong University, Jinan, China, in 2013, and his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Shandong University, Jinan, China in 2010. In his Master’s thesis, he worked on Integrated Evaluation System for Urban Green Transportation. Jianmin worked on the ABC-UTC research project entitled “Estimating Total Cost of Bridge Construction using ABC and Conventional Methods of Construction” under supervision of Professor Hadi in Lehman Center for Transportation Research (LCTR). He also has participated in the project for SHRP 2 L38(C): Pilot Testing of SHRP 2 Reliability Data and Analytical Products, and project for Optimizing Emergency Management System (EMS) through the Use of ITS Technologies.


Manfredi Di Maggio (BS Student): Manfredi Di Maggio is an undergraduate student at FIU, working towards a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering. He worked as a research intern for ABC-UTC at FIU from fall 2017 to summer of 2018 assisting the graduate students on various projects, such as casting of Ultra High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) with applications in corrosion and durability of reinforced concrete. Expecting to graduate in Spring 2019, Manfredi started his studies in Civil because of his passion for infrastructures and innovating engineering projects.


Carlos Mena (BS Student): Carlos Mena is an undergraduate student at FIU working towards a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked as a research intern for ABC-UTC at FIU in 2017 and assisted with ongoing projects that took place in the lab. He acquired this position networking through the American Society of Engineers (ASCE) chapter at FIU. He’s is member of ASCE at FIU and has attended previous annual conferences. Carlos expects to graduate fall of 2018


Alireza Mohammadi (PhD, 2017):  Alireza Mohammadi received his doctoral degree in structural engineering from FIU in December 2016. He received his M.Sc. degree in earthquake engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran and B.Sc. degree from Tabriz University in Iran. He was a structural engineer at Zelzeleh Mohaseb Consulting Engineering Co. for four years before returning to academia. He was involved in several bridge engineering research projects at FIU and assisting with ABC-UTC research and other activities such as organizing monthly webinar and preparing progress reports. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the dynamic response of high-rise building under wind excitation. He recently joined WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to start his career in the transportation market sector. He can be contacted at amoha058@fiu.edu.


Saivy Nasser(BS, 2017): Saivy Nasser successfully graduated from FIU with a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering in 2017. He is now applying his earned knowledge from ABC-UTC in the transportation field as a Transportation Engineer I for a consulting firm in the city of Ft. Lauderdale.


Joselaine Pateau

Joselaine Pateau (BS, 2016):  Joselain finished her undergraduate degree at Florida International University in 2016. She also has earned her Associate in Arts in Civil Engineering at Miami Dade College. During her time at FIU, she worked as an intern for the ABC-UTC. The purpose of her research was to begin the porcess of developing crash-tested, prefabricated bridge railings that have durable anchorage details. Outside of school, Joselaine is working part time as a retail associate and spends her free time reading and singing.


Huy Pham

Huy V. Pham (PhD, 2016):   Dr. Pham joined AECOM in 2016 as a structures designer. He is currently working on different projects involving design and construction of steel, concrete and railroad bridges such as SR 826 to I-75 Express Lanes Program, All Aboard Florida Miami Viaduct, NE 203rd Street Intersection Improvements between SR 5/US-1 and West Dixie Highway, and Wekiva Parkway Section 7A (SR 429). Dr Pham obtained his doctoral degree from Florida International University in 2016 and his master degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. During his time at FIU, he worked under the ABC-UTC where he was invoved in several research projects related to construction, inspection, and rehabilitation of bridges.


Andrew Puglisi (BS Student): Andrew Puglisi was an undergraduate research assistant at FIU during the summer of 2017 and 2018. He is currently working toward receiving his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2020. While working with the ABC-UTC program at FIU, Andrew worked primarily conducting research and reviewing studies on the applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and how they can be used to improve upon current bridge inspection methods in 2017 and in 2018 worked assisting on various ABC research projects in the lab. Outside of class, Andrew is a part of multiple engineering clubs as well as holding a leadership in club tennis.


Nazanin Rezaei

Nazanin Rezaei (PhD ,2018):  Nazanin earned her Ph.D. in Structural Engineering program at Florida International University in Miami, FL, and her masters in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. She has 7 years of experience in research and structural engineering projects in United States and Iran. In her Ph.D. dissertation, she worked on experimental and numerical study on reinforced concrete struts, which has gained national attention (from ACI members) and is being used to validate code change in ACI 318 (the international building code in concrete design). She contributed to the development of a national ABC database that is being used by bridge designers around the US. She is a member of ACI Committee 445 “Shear and Torsion” and ASCE.

email: (nreza002@fiu.edu)


Josef Ricardo (BS Student): Josef Ricardo graduated in Fall 2017 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Florida International University. His focus is on Structural Engineering and has taken several structural electives such as Steel Design and Introduction to Prestressed Concrete Structures. Josef worked in 2017 on the research project:  Long-Term Performance Comparison of In‐Service, Full‐Depth Precast Concrete(FDPC) Deck Panels to Cast-in‐Place (CIP) Decks. Some of the tasks of this project are to collect information from the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Bridge Portal and develop a survey for bridge owners (State DOTs).


Ramin Taghinezhad

Ramin Taghinezhad (PhD, 2016): Ramin is currently working on the seismic retrofit of building structures in the city of Los Angeles. He has over eight years of experience in the seismic design and rehabilitation of commercial, residential and industrial steel and concrete structures. He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.Sc. degree in structural engineering. Ramin obtained his doctorate degree from Florida International University. His Ph.D. topic was extending the application of simple for dead load and continuous for live load (SDCL) steel bridge systems in seismic regions. He has also been involved with different research projects including assessment and evaluation of timber piles under axial load, non-destructive testing (NDT) of segmental prestressed bridges, and experimental investigation of redundancy of twin steel box-girder bridges. He has great experience in nonlinear static and time history analysis and performance-based design. He has authored numerous papers and articles in the field of seismic behavior of building and bridge structures. He is the author of a book about the nonlinear behavior of structures under seismic loads titled “Seismic Design and Rehabilitation of Structures Under Pushover Analysis”