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SEI Member Profile: Mohammad Aghababaei

Friday, June 19, 2020

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Congratulations to Mohammad Aghababaei on being one of the 2020 O.H. Ammann Fellowship Recipients!

Mohammad Aghababaei is currently a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University. He is a PhD student of structural engineering working under supervision of Professor Koliou. He earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Isfahan University of Technology and his master's degree in structural engineering at Sharif University of Technology (under supervision of Professor Mahsuli). During his Master's, Mohammad developed damage models for building components and conducted a detailed seismic risk analysis using structural reliability methods. During his PhD, Mohammad's research focuses on recovery modeling and risk‐based community resilience. He has accomplished various research projects so far, including: (i) developing a framework to generate business recovery models with an application for businesses in Lumberton, NC, after 2016 Hurricane Matthew, (ii) validating and calibrating an analytical approach to develop functionality fragility models using a longitudinal recovery dataset after 2011 Joplin Tornado, (iii) conducting a longitudinal field study after 2017 Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas, TX, to identify vulnerabilities and recovery patterns, and (iv) collecting time‐sensitive damage data of fullscale shake table tests using LiDAR technology. Currently, Mohammad is developing a comprehensive framework of a community to model the recovery of its built infrastructures, including households, businesses, schools, and others systems within a community, after natural disasters. Mohammad has published five peer reviewed journal papers so far, and presented his research at several conferences and symposiums.

"Receiving O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship from SEI is a great recognition of my efforts and research work. I feel honored by this award, while I also feel the responsibility to continue working meticulously on that topic and have major impact in the advancement of the structural engineering field. Getting involved with SEI provides structural engineers, and especially students, with a great opportunity of meeting and connecting with professionals in the fields of structural engineering from across the world. The opportunities I have had through SEI have been helping me grow in my career and succeed in working on the state-of-the-art research areas within structural engineering."

Mohammad Aghababaei

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