Educational Activities


    Courses of Instruction

    Elementary and advanced courses in structural mechanics and design of steel, concrete and timber structures, including: Static's, dynamics, theory of structures, determinate and indeterminate structures, plastic and dynamic analysis and design of structures, Strength of materials, matrix, structural reliability analysis, stability design for metal structures, finite element in elastic structures, design of seismic isolated structures, inelastic analysis of structures in civil eng., design of plates and shell structures, steel and concrete design, load resistance factor design of steel structures, fracture mechanics, application of neural network in civil eng., analysis and design of offshore structures and analysis and design of tall buildings.


    Administrative Responsibilities

    Development of new curricula in the area of structural mechanics, including design of new graduate and undergraduate programs in civil eng. These courses include: design and analysis of tall buildings, offshore structures, elastic and inelastic behavior of shell structures, application of neural networks in civil eng..  Development and design of laboratories for strength of materials, structures, stress analysis (photo elasticity and strain gages).  Also involved in planning and structural design of earthquake laboratory, which was undertaken at the University of Houston, Northern Arizona, USA, Shiraz University (formerly Pahlavi University) and Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Iran.


    Ph.D. Dissertations (1997-2003)

    I have served as the advisor or co-advisor for 12 Ph.D. students in the field of structural engineering, the topics of which include:

  • Analysis and Design of Dome Space Structures with Artificial Neural Networks

  • Dynamic Elastic Stability of Cracked Plates and Cylindrical Shells

  • Dynamic Large Deformation Analysis of Stiffened Laminated Composite Plate Using
    p-Approximation Finite Element Method

  • Study of Moment Resisting Prefabricated Beam Column Connection, Subjected to Earthquake Loading

  • Finite Deformation Elasto-Plasticity of Pressure Sensitive Materials Based on Endochronic Plasticity

  • A Novel Approach to Determine the Energy Dissipation Capacity of Basic Folding Mechanism

  • Optimization of Structures

  • Dynamic Stability of Shell Structures

  • Design and Analysis of Double Layer Grids Using Optimization Methods and Neural Networks

  • Optimization of Trusses Using Genetic Algorithm and the Algebraic Force Method

  • The Effect of Shear Strength Distribution in Reduction of Collapse of Buildings  Subjected to Earthquake Loading

  • A Novel Approach for the Solution of General Contact-Impact Problems

  • Sliding Concave Foundation for Structures Subjected to Earthquake Loadings

  • Nonlinear Control of Seismically Excited Structures

  • Buckling of Thin Plates and Cylindrical Shells with Cracks Subjected to Axial Loads


    M.S. Theses (1996-2003)

    These comprise a number of successfully defended Masters Theses, including the following areas of research:

  • 2003 "Optimization of Foldable Structures Using Genetic Algorithm"

  • 2003 " Matroids in Optimal Structural Analysis"

  • "Steel Moment Resisting Fames with Concentric Racing"

  • 2003 "EFGM Interface Crack Stress Analysis"  

  • Investigation of Members Lack-of-Fit During Fabrication in Overall Performance of Offshore Jackets

  • Nonlinear Dynamic Response of Infilled Frames with Masonry Infill

  • The Comparison Between Non-linear Dynamic Behaviour of Empty and Masonry Infilled Moment-Resisting Steel Frames

  • Dynamic Site Layout Optimization

  • Studying of Dynamic Behaviour of Human Body Subject to Structural Vibration

  • Mathematical and FE Methods of Analysis of Mechanical Interaction of Fiber Reinforced Polymer with Concrete

  • Assessment of Performance of Steel Frames with Bracing Under Earthquake Loading

  • Buckling of Thin Cylindrical Shells with Cracks Subjected to Shear Load

  • Evaluating the New Earthquake Code: An Investigation of Concrete Frames Subject to Earthquake Loading

  • Investigation of the Influence of Maximum Aggregate Size and Polymer Modification on Behavior of No-Fines Concrete

  • Plastic Analysis and Design Using Combinatorial Optimization and Mathematical Programming

  • The Determination of Optimum Time of Engineering Projects Based on CPM

  • The Effect of Moving Loads on the Dynamic Behavior of Continuous Structures

  • Finite Element Nodal Ordering Using Priority Function

  • The Dynamic System for the Analysis of Housing Supply Market Demand

  • Buckling of Thin Cylindrical Shells with Crack Under Internal Pressure

  • Free Vibration Analysis of Cracked Cylindrical Shells

  • Inelastic Behavior of Concrete Structures with cracks Subject to Earthquake Loading, Using Fluid Viscous Damper

  • Strengthening of Concrete Structures Using Eccentric Bracings

  • An Assessment of the Push-Over Analysis in Steel Moment Resisting Structures

  • Buckling of Cracked Circular Cylindrical Shells Under Bending

  • Buckling of Thin Cylindrical Shells with Crack Under Internal Pressure

  • Buckling of Thin Cylindrical Shells Subjected to Bending

  • Buckling of Thin Cylindrical Shells Subjected to Torsion

  • New Method of Seismic Design Using Centralized Non Elastic Dampers

  • Numerical Method of Analysis of Cooling Towers Subject to earthquake Loading

  • Strengthening of Structures Subject to Earthquake by Using Optimized Bracings

  • Analysis and Design of Space Frames Using Neural Networks

  • Analysis of the Effect of Tuned Liquid Dampers Utilizing the Motion of Shallow Liquid, to Absorb and Dissipate Vibrational Energy in Structures

  • Analysis of the Stability of Stiffened Plates Using Finite Element Method

  • Finite Element Buckling and Vibration Analysis of Stiffened Shells

  • Earthquake Risk Analysis of Seismotectonic Provinces in Iran

  • The Effect of Frictional Sliding on the Performance of TLD Tanks

  • Behavior of Tuned Liquid Dampers Based on Theory of Nonlinear Waves

  • Finite Element Buckling Analysis of Cracked Cylindrical Shells Under Torsional Load

  • Investigating the Application of Tuned Liquid Damper (TLD) In Controlling Seismic Induced Structural Vibrations

  • Seismic Retrofit of Concrete Buildings Using Steel Bracings

  • Analysis and Design of Space Frames using Neural Networks

  • Bottom Analysis of Ship Engine Room Vibrations for Reduction by FEM

  • Evaluation of Energy Needs for Structures Subjected to Earthquakes

  • Finite Element Static Analysis of Stiffened Plates with Eccentric Stiffeners Subjected to Transverse Loading

  • The Influence of Belt Structure Framing"-To Resist Earthquake Loads

  • Project Planning and Control for Yaas Residential Complex

  • Analysis of Space Structure Using Graph Theory

  • Analysis of Space Structures by Complete and Substructuring Methods

  • Development of Artificial Accelerograms by using Generalized Kanai-Tamaji and Arma Models

  • Behavior of Wind Bracings Energy Absorbing Phenomenon Steel Structures

  • Analysis of Stiffened Plates by Using Super Elements

  • Optimization of Tuned Mass Dampers

  • An Investigation on Concrete Funicular Shells

  • Finite Element Buckling Analysis of Stiffened Plates


    Miscellaneous Educational Activities

    At the University of Houston, I served as the Chairman of the "World Council Student Faculty Organization devoted to Research in the Areas of Science and Technology.  In this regard, I organized yearly conferences, a sample of which was "The State of the World": “Developing the International Man”.  I was given special recognition due to my overall achievements in the personal and social arena.

    Over the years I have organized a number of conferences in the area of technology transfer, civil engineering and development. I am a common speaker at national and international forums in some of the following topics:

a)      The Future of Education

b)      Environment and Sustainable Development

c)      Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries

d)      The Future of Science and Technology

e)      Human Resources Development

f)       Higher Education in the 21st Century

g)      The Role of Information Technology in Higher Education

    I have also organized many National and International Conferences as Chairman and/or a member of Scientific Organizing Committee in areas of science, technology and education.