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Mehrdad Sasani

421 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • 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

Research & Scholarship Interests

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

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.
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December 18, 2018

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

November 21, 2016

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...