Published: Nov. 21, 2017

Shideh Dashti with CU Boulder's 400 gton centrifuge.

Assistant Shideh Dashti has received the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute.

According to the ASCE, Dashti was chosen “for outstanding contributions to risk assessment and mitigation, including seismic soil-structure interaction in urban areas, influence of liquefaction on structures, liquefaction mitigation strategies for structures and slopes, and interdependencies among the social, information, and physical infrastructures during floods.” The selection committee particularly noted her publication record.

Dashti’s academic goals include examining technical topics relating to geotechnical earthquake engineering and promoting multidisciplinary and global approaches to engineering. Her research team uses centrifuge and numerical modeling to study the interactions and interdependencies among different infrastructure systems during earthquakes and other types of disasters; the seismic performance of underground structures; and consequences and mitigation of the liquefaction hazard.

The Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award was established to provide professional development opportunities for outstanding young practitioners, researchers and teachers of geotechnical engineering, and is funded by students, colleagues and friends of Austrian-born American civil engineer Arthur Casagrande.