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Past Post-Doctoral Researchers at Rice University

Dr. Vahid Bisadi (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, October 2012
Research: Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment with Application to Dry Cask Storage Tanks and Bridge Structures
Current Position: Senior Modeler, RMS, Newark, CA

Dr. Ozkan Kale (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, May 2014
Research: Probabilistic Seismic Analysis of Fractional Order Ground Motion Intensity Measures
Current Position: Assistant Professor, TED University, Ankara, Turkey

Dr. Georgios Balomenos (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, May 2016
Research: Coastal Infrastructure Resilience
Current Position: Assistant Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Dr. Giannis Gidaris (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Notre Dame University, June 2015
Research: Multi-Hazard Risk and Community Resilience Assessment
Current Position: Assistant Vice President, Swiss RE, New York, NY

Dr. Ehsan Fereshtehnejad (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Ohio State University, August, 2018
Research topic: Multi-Hazard Infrastructure Resilience and Decision-Making in a Coastal Setting
Current Position: Bridge Management Engineer at Virginia Department of Transportation, Richmond, VA

Dr. Yousef Mohammadi Darestani (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, August 2019
Research: Community Resilience Assessment and Enhancement against Wind and Flood Hazards
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

Dr. Majid Ebad Sichani (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May 2018
Research: Oil and Gas Supply Chain Infrastructure Resilience
Current Position:

Graduated Ph.D. Students at Rice University

Dr. Jayadipta Ghosh (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2013
Thesis: Parameterized Reliability Assessment and Life-Cycle Analysis of Aging Highway Bridges
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Dr. Navid Ataei (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2013
Thesis: Reliability Assessment of Coastal Bridges Vulnerable to Hurricane Events
Current Position: Structural Analysis, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA

Dr. Emily McCarthy (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2014
Thesis: Application of Compact, Geometrically Complex Shape Memory Alloy Devices for Seismic Enhancement of Highway Bridge Expansion Joints
Current Position: Senior Staff Engineer, SGH, Houston, TX

Dr. Zhenghua Wang (Co-Advisor with Leonardo Duenas-Osorio)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2014
Thesis: Risk Based Design of Bridges and Associated Transportation Networks under Natural Hazards
Current Position: Risk Engineer, ABS, Houston, TX

Dr. Sabarethinam Kameshwar (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2017
Thesis: Multi-Hazard Fragility, Risk and Resilience Assessment of Select Coastal Infrastructure
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, OSU, Corvallis, OR

Dr. Majid Ebad Sichani (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2018
Thesis: Seismic Risk Assessment of Vertical Dry Casks
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Rice University, Houston, TX

Dr. Navya Vishnu (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, March, 2019
Research: Multi-Threat Sustainability Assessment of Bridges and Bridge Networks
Current Position: Engineer at AIR Worldwide, Boston, MA

Dr. Carl Bernier (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, July, 2019
Research: Fragility and Risk Assessment of Above Ground Storage Tanks during Storm Events
Current Position: Catastrophe Perils Graduate, Swiss RE, New York, NY

Dr. Ao Du (Advisor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2020
Research: High Confidence Seismic Risk Assessment Using Fractional Order and Advanced Intensity Measures
Current Position: Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Graduated Ph.D. Students at Collaborative Universities

Dr. Danusa Tavares (Co-Advisor with Patrick Paultre)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Universite de Sherbrooke, December 2011
Thesis: Seismic Fragility of Highway Bridges in Quebec
Current Position: Structural Department Head, Intertechne Consultores S.A., Curitiba, PR Brazil

Dr. Karthik Ramanathan (Co-Advisor with Reginald DesRoches)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2012
Thesis: Next Generation Seismic Fragility Curves for California Bridges Considering the Evolution of Seismic Design Philosophy
Current Position: Manager and Senior Engineer, Research and Modeling, AIR Worldwide, Boston, MA

Dr. Jazalyn Dukes (Co-Advisor with Reginald DesRoches)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2013
Thesis: Application of Bridge Specific Fragility Analysis in Seismic Design Process of Bridges in California
Current Position: Research Structural Engineer, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Dr. Gustavo H. Siqueira (Co-Advisor with Patrick Paultre)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Universite de Sherbrooke, June 2013
Thesis: Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Highway Bridges in Quebec Rehabilitated with Natural Rubber Isolators
Current Position: Professor, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP Brazil

Dr. Mairead Ni Choine (Co-Advisor with Alan O’Connor)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Trinity College, Dublin, May 2014
Thesis: Seismic Reliability Assessment of Aging Integral Bridges
Current Position: Research Engineer, Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions, Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Farahnaz (Fara) Soleimani (Co-Advisor with Reginald DesRoches)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2017
Research: Fragility of California Bridges – Development of Modification Factors
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Sujith Mangalathu (Co-Advisor with Reginald DesRoches)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2017
Thesis: Performance Based Grouping and Fragility Analysis of Box-Girder Bridges in California
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA