Mohamad A. Saadeghvaziri

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Office: 260 Colton
Hours: Fall 2017: 1:30 - 4:00 Tuesdays & 10:00 - 11:30 Thursdays
Phone: 973-596-5813
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.

About Me

M. Ala Saadegh-Vaziri is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He joined NJ IT in 1988 as an assistant professor after receiving his BS (with high honors, 1981), MS (1983), and PhD (1988) degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His area of specialization is structural engineering with emphasis on nonlinear response of structures, finite element and computational methods, extreme event engineering (notably seismic and blast loads), multihazard mitigation, and structural applications of composite and renewable materials. He is a member of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), and is involved with professional service by serving as reviewer for various agencies such as NSF (National Science Foundation) and many Joumal publications and by conducting regional and national workshops and technical sessions. He is currently serving on ASCE’s Bridge Security Committee, and Blast Shock and Vibratory Effect Committee. He is a Program Evaluator (PEV) for ABET; a nonprofit, non-govemmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of New Jersey.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, 1988
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, 1983
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, 1982 (high honors)


Courses Taught

CE 332 - Structural Analysis


Research Interests

  • Structural engineering with emphasis on non-linear response of structures and FSI,
  • Finite element and computational methods,
  • Earthquake engineering,
  • Extreme Events Engineering and Structural Qualifications,
  • Structural applications of composite materials.

Research Activities


Selected Publications

“Seismic Behavior and Capacity / Demand Analyses of Three Multi-Span Simply Supported Bridges” Journal of Engineering Structures, Vol. 30, No. 1, January 2008 (with Yazdani-Motlagh).

“Hysteretic Behavior and Nonlinear Response of Stiffening Systems subjected to Earthquake Ground Motion” Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamic, Vol. 36, Issue 14, November, 2007 (with Yazdani-Motlagh).

“On Modeling and Progressive Collapse of Highway Bridges Subjected to Blast Load,” Proc., 1st Inter. Workshop on Performance, Protection and Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading, Whistler, Canada, 2007 (with Feizi and Wang).

"Advantages and Considerations in Application of Base-isolation to Substation Transformers," Proc., 9th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Quebec, Canada, June 2007 (with Allaverdi, Kempner, and Feizi).

"Development of High Performance Continuity using CFRP Composites," Proc., 2006 Structures Congress, ASCE, New York City, St. Louise, May, 2006 (with Libin and Spillers)

"Transverse Cracking of Concrete Bridge Decks: Effects of Design Factors," Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 10, No.5, 2005 (with Hadidi).

"Transverse Cracking of Concrete Bridge Decks: the State-of-the-Art,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 10, No.5, 2005 (with Hadidi).

"Qualitative Assessment of Seismic Response of Internal Components of Power Transformers," Proc., 13th World Conf. on Earthquake Engrg., IAEE, August 1-6, 2004, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (with Allaverdi).

"Seismic Response of Transformer-Bushing Systems," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Power Engineering Society, IEEE, No. 1, Vol. 19, Jan., 2004, pp. 131-137 (with Ersoy).

"A Practical Tool to Accurately Estimate Tensile Stresses in Concrete Bridge Decks to Control Transverse Cracking," Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, ASCE, Vol. 8 (2), May 2003 (with Hadidi).

"A Comprehensive Composite Inelastic Fiber Element for Cyclic Analysis of CFT Columns," Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, Vol. 128, No. 4, April 2002 (with Aval, and Golafshani).