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Mehrdad Sasani

Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Office

  • 421 Snell Engineering Center
  • 617.373.5222

Research Focus

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

Education

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

Licensure

  • 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, http://MEAER.org
  • 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; community resilience.

Selected Publications

  • 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, 2018.
  • 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, “Collapse Resistance of a 7-Story Structure With Multiple Shear-Axial Column Failures Using Hybrid Simulation,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 04017012, 143(5), 2017, 1-13.
  • C. Wan, C. Audi, M. Sasani, “Modeling Floor Systems for Collapse Analysis,” Engineering Structures, 127, 2016, 278–286.
  • 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
  • L. Keyvani, M. Sasani, “Analytical and Experimental Evaluation of Progressive Collapse Resistance of a Flat-slab Posttensioned Parking Garage,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 141(11), 2015, 1-8.
  • S. Sagiroglu, M. Sasani, “Progressive Collapse Resisting Mechanisms of Reinforced Concrete Structures and Effects of Initial Damage Locations,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 140(3), 2014, 1-12.
  • L., Keyvani, M., Sasani, Y., Mirzaei, “Compressive Membrane Action in Progressive Collapse Resistance of RC Flat Plates, Engineering Structures, 59, 2014, 554–564.
  • M. Sasani, S. Sagiroglu, “Gravity Load Redistribution and Progressive Collapse Resistance of a 20-story RC Structure Following Loss of an Interior Column,” Structural Journal, ACI, 107(6), 2010, 636-644.
  • M. Sasani, S. Sagiroglu, “Progressive collapse resistance of hotel San Diego,” J. Structural Engineering, ASCE, 134(3), 2008, 478-488.
  • M. Sasani, J. Kropelnicki, “Progressive Collapse Analysis of an RC Structure,” The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, 17(4), 2008, 757-772.
  • M. Sasani, M. Bazan, S. Sagiroglu, “Experimental and analytical progressive collapse evaluation of actual reinforced concrete structure,” Structural Journal, ACI, 104(6), 2007, 731-739.
  • M. Sasani, “Life-safety and near-collapse capacity models for seismic shear behavior of RC columns,” Structural Journal, ACI, 104(1), 2007, 30-38.
  • M. Sasani, N., Makris, B. A. Bolt, “Damping in shear beam structures and estimation of drift response,” Journal Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 132(8), 2006, 851-858.
  • M. Sasani, A. Der-Kiureghian, V. V. Bertero, “Seismic fragility of short period reinforced concrete structural walls under near-source ground motions” Structural Safety, 24(4), 2002, 123-138.
  • M. Sasani, E. P. Popov, “Seismic energy dissipators for RC panels: Analytical studies,” Journal Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 127(8), 2001, 835-843.
  • M. Sasani, A. Der-Kiureghian “Seismic fragility of reinforced concrete structural walls: displacement approach,” Journal Structural Engineering, ASCE, 127(2), 2001, 219-228.

Students

Mar 28, 2019

A Rising Star in Civil Engineering

CEE student Jude Arbogast selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering – Collegiate Edition”.

Faculty

Dec 18, 2018

Sasani Selected as ACI Fellow

CEE Professor Mehrdad Sasani has been elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute for his contributions to ACI and the concrete industry.

Faculty

Nov 21, 2016

Keyvani and Sasani Win 2016 BSCES Clemens Herschel Award

Assistant Teaching Professor Leila Keyvani Someh and Associate Professor Mehrdad Sasani won the 2016 Clemens Herschel Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognition of their paper “Analytical and Experimental Evaluation of Progressive Collapse Resistance of a Flat-Slab Posttensioned Parking Garage”. This award celebrates individuals who have […]

May 20, 2015

Sasani Named Fellow of ASCE

CEE Associate Professor Mehrdad Sasani was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Competitions

Apr 28, 2015

$1.1M NSF Grant for Designing Resilient and Sustainable Buildings

An interdisciplinary team of Northeastern CEE professors and those from Tufts have received a $1.1M NSF grant to develop a decision and design framework for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable buildings.

Feb 24, 2015

Resilient & Sustainable Buildings

CIV Mehrdad Sasani, David Fannon, Matthias Ruth, & Matthew Eckelman were awarded a $1.1M NSF grant for “A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings”

Apr 03, 2014

CEE at the 2014 SEI Structures Congress

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and colleagues from Northeastern University had a strong presence at the 2014 SEI Structures Congress that took place in Boston in April.

Aug 13, 2012

Summer in the engineering lab

More than 20 under­grad­uate stu­dents from eight col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties throughout the country pre­sented a host of inno­v­a­tive research projects on Thursday after­noon at North­eastern University. The projects, ranging from improving breast cancer imaging to pre­venting the pro­gres­sive col­lapse of large con­crete build­ings, rep­re­sented the cul­mi­na­tion of Northeastern’s 10-​​week Research Expe­ri­ence for Under­grad­u­ates Pro­grams, which […]

Jul 16, 2012

Northeastern University Hosts the 2012 NSF CMMI Engineering Research and Innovation Conference

Northeastern University's College of Engineering hosted the National Science Foundation's 2012 Engineering Research and Innovation Conference for the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) from July 9-12, 2012.

Mar 15, 2012

Prof. Sasani Elected Chair of BSCES Structures Group

Prof. Sasani has been elected as the Chair of the Structural Technical Group of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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