Professional Experience

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Nevada, Reno

From July 2019

I have accepted a tenure-track position to join the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor.

Senior Engineer

SC Solutions Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

Nov. 2017 - May 2019

My role at SC Solutions was to research, develop, and implement technological solutions for infrastructure disaster simulation, monitoring, and risk mitigation. I was in charge of bridging the gap between state-of-the-art research developments, real-world applications, and business aspects of technology development.

As part of our efforts, we have awarded a DOT-SBIR funding to develop Digital Twin technology for operational health monitoring of bridges using computer vision techniques. I have served as the Principal Investigator (PI) in the first phase of this project and successfully delivered a pilot validation study. I am excited to serve the future of this exciting technology development effort. 

Scientific Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA

Sept. 2017 - Nov. 2017

My position at Caltech changed to a Scientific Research Assistant since September 2017. I continued contributing to the execution of research projects and development of research proposals and grants at Caltech.  

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA

2015 - 2017

I have joined Caltech as a postdoctoral scholar from December 2015, working under supervision of Professor Domniki Asimaki. As a postdoctoral research scholar at Caltech, I have been involved in a number of research projects. My goal was to expand my research experience and technical knowledge as well as my academic network and diversity. One of my main objectives in joining Caltech was to make myself familiar with state-of-the-art research pursued in the fields of seismology, geophysics, and especially in the subfields of source inversion, seismic tomography, and nonlinear soil-structure interaction. It was my intention to work as a research liaison to connect the scientific research in these fields to their subsequent structural engineering applications. 

Co-Founder, President

Enigvo, LLC

2016 - 2017

Enigvo was a stealth-mode technology startup focused on developing a groundbreaking cyber-physical structural integrity monitoring technology for offshore platform structures. Enigvo is wrapped into my new position at SC Solutions.

Graduate Student Researcher

Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

2011 - 2015

I began working as a graduate student researcher in my first quarter at UC San Diego. Since then, I’ve become involved in a number of cutting-edge research projects in capacities ranging from primary graduate student researcher, collaborator, and team-member. Funding for projects I’ve worked on has been provided by the National Science Foundation and the Englekirk Advisory Board; their support is gratefully acknowledged. Please visit the Research page for a detailed description of completed and ongoing projects.    

 

Teaching Assistant / Reader

Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

2010 - 2015

I’ve served as teaching assistant and/or reader in a number of courses taught by my advisor. These include a graduate course, SE201B: Nonlinear Structural Analysis (Winter 2012), and an undergraduate course, SE125: Statistics, Probability, and Reliability (Fall 2010). Moreover, to help graduate students become familiar with OpenSees, I’ve run two hands-on OpenSees tutorial sessions every winter quarter since 2012. This tutorial is offered as a part of the SE201B: Nonlinear Structural Analysis course.

 

Founding Principal 

Ebrahimian Structural Engineers, Shiraz, Iran 

​2008 - 2009

Following many years of study and work as a structural engineer and designer, I founded a structural consulting firm in 2008. Our business practice was exclusively focused on seismic design, assessment, and retrofit of multi-story residential complexes and buildings, commercial buildings, shopping malls, industrial structures, and multipurpose buildings throughout seismically active regions in southern Iran. Under my supervision, the engineering business thrived very quickly; we started with three part-time employees and within a year, we had eight full-time and five part-time employees. With this competitive and efficient team in place, the passion and teamwork of our staff resulted in superb, accurate, economic, and innovative engineering solution for our clients. Our firm was involved in or contributed to the structural design of more than forty projects, with more than 1,500,000 square feet building space in total.

 

I served as principal and engineer in-responsible-charge for the company before leaving the country to pursue my doctoral studies abroad. As the chief engineer, I was in charge of directing, managing, and supervising the daily activities of the engineering firm, including communicating with clients, coordinating with architects, contractors, and other consultant engineers, selecting the structural materials and systems, guiding the engineering design process, supervising the engineers and other staff, and reviewing and final-approving the design details, drawings, and design packages. 

 

 

Design Review Board Member

Technical and Civil Deputy of Shiraz Municipality, Shiraz, Iran

​2008 - 2009

In light of my academic and professional accomplishments, I was selected as a member of the structural design review board by the technical and civil deputy of Shiraz Municipality. The technical department head was in charge of assigning members to this board of trustees (usually composed of 10-15 members), choosing experienced engineers to review structural design packages before granting building permits all across the city. This review process was implemented to ensure that all structural designs are accurate and meet the minimum technical and code-based requirements.

 

 

Director of Engineering Department / Instructor

Maad Institute of Higher Education, Shiraz, Iran 

​2007 - 2009

In addition to the founding of my own company, my entrepreneurial bent also led to a collaboration in curriculum design with the Maad Institute, a private institution focused primarily on technical and vocational education and training. At the time, I saw a need for educational programs in Shiraz for recently graduated engineering students and professional engineers alike, to provide and refresh them with state-of-the-art engineering knowledge and software skillsets. I went on to establish the engineering department at the Maad Institute in early 2007 and began serving as its director and as a partner in the institute. Under my supervision, the engineering department responsively planned and marketed various innovative educational programs above and beyond my initially proposed plan. 

At this time, we also launched successful, highly efficient preparation programs for Iran’s national university entrance examination for M.Sc. studies in eight different disciplines and majors. First in Fall 2007, and again in Fall 2008, I served as the instructor for the “Structural Analysis” course as a part of the preparatory program for the Civil Engineering educational track. Furthermore, I exclusively designed and offered a series of computer aided engineering (CAE) courses for structural engineers in 2008. These courses were intended to prepare interested engineer applicants for professional careers in analysis and design of building structures.

Technical Director of Structural Design / Lead Consultant

Housing Foundation of Fars Province, Shiraz, Iran

​2005 - 2008

The Housing Foundation is a public housing mass-production agency in charge of development and construction of villages and urban housing with the aim of providing affordable housing for underprivileged people all across the country.

 

Based on the reputation for excellence I developed in light of my academic and professional achievements, I was invited to collaborate with the provincial branch of the Housing Foundation in my hometown of Shiraz as a part-time lead structural consultant for the Department of Urban Housing. As a part of my responsibilities, I was in charge of managing upcoming structural design projects by acting as a liaison between the Department of Urban Housing and structural consultants. My responsibilities also included deciding on the structural systems and materials and the technical scope and requirements of each project, as well as reviewing and approving design documents and construction drawings submitted by project consultants. I was also in charge of safeguarding a definitive level of quality, accuracy, and technical adequacy, as well as ensuring economy in the structural design projects.

 

Furthermore, as a member of the technical advisory board for the Department of Urban Housing, I was also involved in decision making related to project planning, conceptual feasibility studies, and establishing long-term strategies in the Department of Urban Housing. I also provided construction services and inspection during the construction phase for various residential complexes. Given that this position was extremely demanding, I decided to leave the Housing Foundation in order to direct more of my time and energy toward other goals and ventures.

 

 

Academic Lecturer 

Azad University (IAU), Iran

​2007 - 2008

Following my passion for teaching and desire to stay connected and engaged in the academic sphere while I worked professionally, I served as a part-time lecturer during three consecutive semesters at IAU, a private university system serving 1.5 million students in over 100 branches across the country.

 

In Spring 2007, I joined the faculty of the civil engineering department of IAU at Abarkooh Branch, where I taught two undergraduate courses: “Fundamentals of Computer Programming” and “Structural Analysis II.” In Fall 2008, I accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the civil engineering department of IAU at Fars Science and Research Branch. There I taught “Reinforced Concrete Structures I” for undergraduate juniors. Finally, in Spring 2008, I joined the faculty of the architectural engineering department of IAU at Shiraz Branch, where I taught “Reinforced Concrete Design” for undergraduate seniors. While I enjoyed my time teaching at IAU immensely, I decided to leave after three semesters to focus on my own higher educational goals.

 

 

Structural Engineer 

Freelance Consultant, Shiraz, Iran

​2005 - 2008

Before getting my engineering license, I collaborated with many structural engineers and engineering firms as a freelance consultant, contributing to many important structural design and retrofit projects in Shiraz. This productive period formed the building block of my engineering career and resulted in valuable experience gain, establishing a professional network, and eventually, in gaining a reputation as a top-tier structural engineer and designer among the engineering community in my hometown city.  

 

 

Research Assistant 

Department of Civil Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

​2004 - 2006

As a part of my master’s program requirements, I started working at this time as an academic researcher. This was a non-paid position that eventually resulted in the development of my master’s thesis. 

 

 

Instructor / Teaching Assistant / Grader 

Department of Civil Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

​2002 - 2006

During my second year of undergraduate studies, I worked as a grader and teaching assistant in the department of civil engineering. “Statics,” “Strength of Material,” “Structural Analysis I,” and “Design of Steel Structures I and II” were among the courses for which I served in this capacity. During my master’s studies, I worked as a teaching assistant for two graduate level courses: “Advanced Engineering Mathematics” and “Finite Element Method.”

 

In Spring 2006, following an invitation from the student association of the civil engineering department, I offered an industrial-oriented project-based course on “design of steel structures” for undergraduate seniors. During this four-month program (the first offering of its kind within the department), I taught the essential software, skillset, and knowledge required to fill a structural design position in the industry. 

2010 - present

2010 - present

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