A Brief Biography

 amin new 2I was born in Tehran and grew up in Ardabil, a city northwest of the Iran. I completed my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in “Hydraulic Structures” from K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran. In 2012, I moved to the United States in order to pursue a Master of Science in “Structural Mechanics” and a Doctorate in “Earthquake Engineering” from University of Colorado at Boulder. In June 2015 I started my Post-Doctoral research under supervision of Professor Victor E. Saouma with emphasize on structural safety assessment of nuclear power plants and dam safety subjected to multi-hazard (e.g., aging and shaking). I also worked as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, 2016-2021.    

How to Find Me

Positions Held

  • Research Associate (Jun2015 - ), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Structural Engineering and Mechanics.
  • Lecturer (Jan2021 - May2021), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, CVEN6595 - Earthquake Engineering (graduate course).
  • Lecturer (Jan2016 - May2016), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, CVEN6595 - Earthquake Engineering (graduate course).
  • Lecturer (Aug2017 - Dec2017), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, CVEN4161-5161 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials (graduate / undergrad course).
  • Lecturer (Jan2018 - May2018), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, CVEN3525 - Structural Analysis (undergraduate course).


  • Ph.D. (Jan2012 - May2015), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Civil Eng.
  • M.Sc. (Jan2012 - Dec2014), University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, Civil Eng.
  • M.Sc. (Sep2007 - Jun2010), K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Civil Eng.
  • B.Sc. (Sep2003 - Sep2007), K.N.Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Civil Eng.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Academic & Research Collaboration Subcommittee (USSD Education & Training Committee), Since 2021.
  • YP Vice Chair, USSD Committee "Dam Safety and Security", 2018-2022.
  • Co-Founder and Partner at X-Elastica, LLC; CO, USA, Since 2017.

Research Interests

  • Infra-Structures (Dam, Tower, Nuclear Reactors, Bridges)
  • Risk, Reliability, Resilience, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Applied Machine Learning in Structural and Earthquake Eng.
  • Alkali-Silica/Aggregate Reaction (ASR)
  • Coupled Systems Mechanics (FSI, SSI)
  • Concrete Fracture and Damage Mechanics

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper Award, Selected by IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), Miami, Florida, December 2020
  • Best Doctorate Thesis Award, Selected by National Dam Safety Association, 5th International Dam Safety Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, October 2018.
  • PAC Travel Award, Selected by Postdoctoral Association of Colorado (PAC), University of Colorado, Boulder, September 2018.
  • Marinus G. Smith Award (an outstanding faculty who has made a significant impact on the lives of the CU Boulder students), Selected by Office of New Students & Family Programs, University of Colorado, Boulder, April 2017 & 2018 (twice).
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Award, Selected by Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder, Fall 2016.
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Awarded by Elsevier, June & October 2016; January & April 2017.
  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation, Selected by Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Spring 2016.
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Awarded by Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Spring 2015.
  • Highlighted Young Engineer (under 35 who is making a big impact on the dam industry), Selected by International Water Power & Dam Construction Magazine, UK, June 2014.
  • Distinguished and Exemplary Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran, 2010.
  • Accepted in the State-Level of Computer Science Olympiad, Iran, 2001.

Journal Editorial Board Member

  • Sustainability, Since 2021; Editor
  • Infrastructures, Since 2018; Editor
  • Water, 2020-2021; Lead Guest Editor
  • Shock and Vibration, Since 2017; Editor
  • Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Since 2018; Editor
  • Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2017-2020; Lead Guest Editor
  • Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, 2019-2020; Lead Guest Editor
  • Frontiers in Built Environment (Earthquake Engineering), Since 2017; Associate Editor

Peer Review Activities (Selective)

  • ACI Structural and Materials Journals
  • ASCE: Natural Hazards Review; Journal of Infrastructure Systems; Journal of Hydraulic Engineering; Journal of Aerospace Engineering; ...
  • Taylor and Francis: Structure and Infrastructure Engineering; Journal of Earthquake Engineering; European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering; ...
  • Elsevier: Engineering Structures; Nuclear Engineering and Design; Applied Mathematical Modeling; Ocean Engineering; Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering; Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics; Disaster Risk Reduction; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; ...
  • Springer: Neural Computing and Applications; Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration; Materials and Structures; KSCE Civil Engineering; Mountain Science; ...
  • SAGE: Structural Health Monitoring; Advances in Mechanical Engineering; Journal of Materials: Design and Applications; ...
  • Hindawi: Mathematical Problems in Engineering; Shock and Vibration; Advances in Civil Engineering; Journal of Structures; ...
  • Techno Press: Structural Engineering and Mechanics; Computers and Concrete; Earthquakes and Structures; Smart Structures and Systems ...
  • MDPI: Geosciences; Infrastructures; Materials; Applied Sciences; Entropy; Water; ...

Performance at a Glance (as of Feb 2021)