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; building and 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; 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

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.

photo of collapsed building area

Faculty

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.

Faculty

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. WCVB.com, WBAL TV, WPRI, The Boston Globe, News @ Northeastern, CNN, USA […]

NGSEA student group photo

Student Groups

Jan 31, 2020

NGSEA wins 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.

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”

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