Mehrdad Sasani

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering


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  • 421 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.5222

Research Focus

Progressive collapse of structures; earthquake engineering; structural integrity and reliability; building and community resilience


  • PhD, Structural Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2001
  • MS, Structural Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, 1987
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, 1985


  • Professional Engineer: Massachusetts and California

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Fellow of the American Concrete Institute
  • 2016 BSCES/ASCE Clemens Herschel outstanding paper award
  • 2015 Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2015 Fellow of Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2006 CAREER Development Award, National Science Foundation

Professional Affiliations

  • ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD): Risk and Resilience Measurements Committee (RRMC)
  • ASCE/SEI-7: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Codes & Standards Division
  • ASCE/SEI-41: Seismic Retrofit of Existing Buildings Standards, Codes and Standards Division
  • ASCE/SEI: Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation of Building Structures, Codes and Standards Division
  • ACI-377 (Chair): Performance-Based Structural Integrity & Resilience of Concrete Structures
  • ACI-374: Performance-Based Design of Concrete Buildings
  • MEAER (Chair), Massachusetts Engineers and Architects Emergency Response committee,
  • Editorial Board Member (Associate Editor) of Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE
  • SEI Boston Chapter of BSCES, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • International Joint Committee on Structural Safety
  • MBTA Certification Committee for concrete licensing program.
  • Structural Engineering Institute

Research Overview

Progressive collapse of structures; earthquake engineering; structural integrity and reliability; building and community resilience

Selected Research Projects

  • A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB)
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Near Collapse Performance of Existing RC Concrete Frame Buildings (NEESR)
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • M. Joyner, M. Sasani, Building Performance for Earthquake Resilience, Engineering Structures, 210(110371), 2020, 1-14
  • M.H. Kurth, J.M. Keenan, M. Sasani, I. Igor Linkov Defining resilience for the building industry in the U.S., Building Research & Information, 47(4), 2019, 480-492
  • M. Joyner, M. Sasani, A Multihazard Risk-Based Resilience Analysis of East and West Coast Buildings Designed to Current Codes, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 144(9), 2018, 1-16
  • R. Ceskavich, M. Sasani, Methodology for Evaluating Community Resilience, Natural Hazards Review, ASCE, 19(1), 2018, 1-13
  • J.A. Murray, M. Sasani, Seismic Hybrid Simulation of a Nonductile RC Building with Severe Damage to Multiple Columns, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 46, 2017, 733–752
  • J.A. Murray, M. Sasani, Near-Collapse Response of Existing RC Building Under Severe Pulse Type Ground Motion Using Hybrid Simulation, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 45(7), 2016, 1109–1127


Sep 13, 2023

How Can Residents in Morocco Guard Against the Next Deadly Earthquake?

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani was interviewed by NPR in the article “How can residents in Morocco guard against the next deadly earthquake?” He was also featured in articles by News9Live, Axios, DW and Fast Company. Related article: Morocco earthquake devastation worsened by age-old construction methods, expert says


Sep 11, 2023

Morocco Earthquake Devastation Worsened by Age-old Construction Methods

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani says that the traditional methods of construction used in rural and remote regions of Morocco are not earthquake-resistant and will continue to cause devastation during earthquakes due to limited resources.


Apr 24, 2023

Concern About Parking Garage Safety in Mass. in Wake of Deadly Collapse in New York City

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani was featured in the CBS News article “Concern about parking garage safety in Mass. in wake of deadly collapse in New York City.”

In the Media

Feb 21, 2023

‘Very Simple Things’: Earthquake Engineers on what Went Wrong in Turkey

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani was featured in the Middle East Eye article “‘Very simple things’: Earthquake engineers on what went wrong in Turkey.”


Feb 08, 2023

Devastating Earthquakes Demonstrate the Need for Old Infrastructure Retrofits

CEE Professors Jerome Hajjar, Mehrdad Sasani, and Mishac Yegian, who are experts in the field of earthquake engineering, advise that older structures should be retrofitted with modern standards to help prevent the devastating collapses that happened during the recent earthquakes in Turkey.


Nov 02, 2022

2022 Stanford University Annual Assessment of Author Citations

The following COE professors are among the top scientists worldwide selected by Stanford University representing the top 2 percent of the most-cited scientists with single-year impact in various disciplines. The selection is based on the top 100,000 by c-score (with and without self-citations) or a percentile rank of 2% or above. The list below includes […]


Nov 03, 2021

Evaluating Earthquake Resilience in Urban Areas

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani was awarded a $400K NSF grant for a “Scalable Assessment of Urban Earthquake Resilience: A Novel Model-informed Deep Learning Paradigm.” This Disaster Resilience Research Grants (DRRG) project will enable assessment of earthquake resilience for large-scale urban building clusters via developing a fundamentally novel and scalable AI-empowered model. The outcome of this project can be used to evaluate earthquake resilience of building clusters in large-scale urban areas.

Student Groups

Jul 06, 2021

NGSEA Wins 2021 SEI Graduate Student Chapter of the Year

The Northeastern Graduate Structural Engineering Association (NGSEA) was selected by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Local Activities Division as the Graduate Student Chapter of the Year for the second year in a row.

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Jun 27, 2021

Here’s What Could Have Caused the Building Collapse at Surfside

Mehrdad Sasani, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses possible causes for the Surfside, Florida, building collapse.


Jun 27, 2021

Mehrdad Sasani Discusses Surfside, Florida Building Collapse

Professor Mehrdad Sasani, civil and environmental engineering, was featured in several media publications discussing the devastating collapse of a condo building in Surfside, Florida. Sasani’s research interests include progressive collapse of structures; earthquake engineering; structural integrity and reliability; and building and community resilience., WBAL TV, WPRI, The Boston Globe, News @ Northeastern, CNN, USA […]

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