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Mehdi Modares, Ph.D., F.ASCE, an associate professor and director of the structural engineering program in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Modares, since earning his doctorate in 2005, has served, respectively, as a postdoctoral fellow at Case, visiting assistant professor at University of New Hampshire, lecturer and research assistant professor at Tufts University, and assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.

For over 15 years, he has been instrumental in training more than a thousand civil engineering students in the aforementioned educational institutions. He has taught courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels in structural engineering and computational mechanics; among them are finite element analysis, structural analysis, dynamics of structures, and earthquake engineering. As well, he has advised and mentored many undergraduate and graduate students, including several doctoral degree candidates.

The focus of Modares’ research is condition assessment and reliability of aging infrastructure. He is additionally involved in advanced research in computational techniques as it relates to infrastructure. Having penned over 70 journal and conference publications, book chapters, and technical reports of his own, Modares is also an associate editor of ASCE’s Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction.

His doctoral degree in structural engineering and computational mechanics is from Case Western Reserve University.