I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).
I have more than 15 years of progressive and diversified academic and industry experience in Structural Engineering. Before joining UNR, I worked as a senior engineer in Industry and as a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech. My Ph.D. is in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego. Prior to that, I worked as an engineering consultant, an academic lecturer, and an entrepreneur.
My academic background covers four fields of interest:
Bayesian estimation, nonlinear filtering, data assimilation, and uncertainty quantification
Nonlinear system identification with application to structural health monitoring and damage identification
Computational structural mechanics and nonlinear finite element response simulation, with expertise in nonlinear mechanics of reinforced concrete
Large-scale experiments and structural behavior study
As an academic researcher, I enjoy questioning, investigating, thinking, and exploring. The broad reach of my research interests stems from my passion to pursue new learning opportunities. Learning and understanding techniques from other scientific disciplines beyond the scope of structural engineering has broadened my vision and helped me tackle research problems using new approaches.
As a teacher, I strive to convey my passion, knowledge, and technical experience to students in an engaging and stimulating manner. I believe teaching should not be confined to purely scholastic materials, but rather, it should bridge the gap between theory and practice in the student’s mind. This is where my dual experience as both an academic and an industry professional makes a difference.
My academic future lies in the marriage of the realm of the scholastic with the real-life world of engineering. Moving forward, I expect my academic research and interests to be increasingly geared toward addressing new and existing problems using creative and efficient solutions to improve the quality of our lives and better safeguard our assets.
I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.
― Albert Einstein