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Current Post-Doctoral Researchers at Rice University

Georgios Balomenos

Georgios Balomenos
Shell Center for Sustainability Post-Doctoral Fellow
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, April, 2016
Research: Infrastructure Sustainability in a Coastal Setting
email: georgios.p.balomenos@rice.edu

Ioannis Gidaris

Ioannis Gidaris
NIST COE on Community Resilience Post-Doctoral Fellow
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Notre Dame University, May, 2015
Research: Multi-hazard Reslience of Transportation Infrastructure
email: ig11@rice.edu

Current Ph.D. Students at Rice University

Ao Du

Ao Du
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, Tongji University, May, 2016
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Fractional Order IMs for Improved Seismic Risk Assessment
email: ao.du@rice.edu

 
Carl Bernier

Carl Bernier
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, May, 2015
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Hurricane Reliability and Risk Assessment of Above Ground Storage Tanks
email: carl.bernier@rice.edu

 
Sushreyo Misra

Sushreyo Misra
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, May, 2014
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure
email: sm95@rice.edu

 
Navya Vishnu

Navya Vishnu
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, May, 2012
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Sustainability and Hazard Risk Mitigation of Bridge Infrastructure
email: nv7@rice.edu

Majid Ebad Sichani

Majid Ebad Sichani
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, May, 2012
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Multi-Threat Performance Modeling of Dry Storage Casks
email: me15@rice.edu

Blaine Fuselier Sabarethinam Kameshwar
Completed Degree: B.S. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, May, 2012
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University
Research: Multi-Hazard Reliability and Risk Assessment of Coastal Structures
email: sk56@rice.edu

Current Ph.D. Students at Collaborative Universities

Navya Vishnu

Farahnaz Soleimani (Co-Advised with R. DesRoches)
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, Tufts University, May, 2012
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research: Influence of Geometrics on Fragility of Reinforced Concrete Bridges in California
email: soleimani@gatech.edu

Majid Ebad Sichani

Sujith Mangalathu(Co-Advised with R. DesRoches)
Completed Degree: M.Tech. IIT Madras, M.S. Rose School, MS University of Patras, Greece
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Research: Production Analysis of Seismic Fragility of California Bridges
email: sujithmss@gatech.edu

 

Former Group Members

Past Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Ozkan Kale Ozkan Kale
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, May, 2014
Research: Probabilistic Seismic Analysis of Fractional Order Ground Motion Intensity Meastures
Current Position: Assistant Professor, TED University, Ankara, Turkey
Vahid Bisadi Vahid Bisadi
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, August, 2012
Research: Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment with Application to Dry Cask Storage and Bridge Structures
Current Position: Modeler, RMS, Newark, California

Past Ph.D. Students at Rice University

not available Dr. Emily McCarthy
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: Staff Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Houston, TX
Zhenghua Wang

Dr. Zhenghua Wang (Co-Advised with L. 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

Navid Ataei Dr. Navid Ataei
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May, 2013
Thesis: Reliability Assessment of Coastal Bridges Vulnerable to Hurricane Events
Current Position: Consultant, Mahan Company for Mines & Industrial Development, Tehran, Iran
Jayadipta Ghosh

Prof. Jayadipta Ghosh
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

Past Ph.D. Students at Collaborative Universities

Karthik Ramanathan Dr. Mairead Ni Choine (Co-Advised with A. O'Connor)
Fullbright Fellow
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
Gustavo Siqueira

Prof. Gustavo H. Siqueira (Co-Advised with P. 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

Jazalyn Dukes

Dr. Jazalyn Dukes (Co-Advised with R. 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: Engineer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, West Bethesda, MD

Karthik Ramanathan Dr. Karthik Ramanathan (Co-Advised with R. 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: Research Engineer, AIR Worldwide, Boston, MA
Danusa Tavares Dr. Danusa Tavares (Co-Advised with P. Paultre)
Completed Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Universite de Sherbrooke, December 2011
Thesis: Seismic Fragility of Highway Bridges in Quebec
Current Position: Structural Engineer, Intertechne Consultores S.A., Curitiba, PR Brazil

Past M.S. Students at Rice University

Blaine Fuselier Citlali Tapia
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, December, 2014
Thesis: Pursing Life-Cycle Sustainability of Bridges Subjected to Multiple Threats
Blaine Fuselier Blaine Fuselier
Completed Degree: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May, 2014
Thesis: Improved Seismic Risk Assessment of Non-ductile Reinforced Concrete Buildings
Current Position: Design Engineer, Walter P. Moore, Houston, TX
Candase Arnold

Candase Arnold
Degree: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, December 2011
Research: Risk Assessment of Galveston Bay Area Transporation Infrastructure
Current Position: Requirements Analyst, Seilevel, Austin, TX

Candase Arnold Kristina Dennemann
Degree: M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, December 2009
Thesis: Life-Cycle Cost Benefit Analysis for Bridge Seismic Retrofits
Current Position: Graduate Engineer, Janssen & Spaans Engineering, Inc., Houston, TX
Bayram Aygun

Bayram Aygun (Co-Advised with L. Duenas-Osorio)
Degree: M.S. Civil Engineering, Rice University, May 2009
Thesis: Efficient Seismic Fragility Assessment of Highway Bridges on Liquefiable Soils
Current Position: Structural Engineer, Fyfe Europe SA, Ankara, Turkey

Past Visiting Researchers (Ph.D. Students)

Behzad Zakeri Behzad Zakeri
Degree Sought: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science & Technology (Advisor: G. Ghodrati)
Research: Seismic Fragility and Retrofit of Curved and Skewed Bridges
Fabio Freddi Fabio Freddi
Degree: Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, May 2012 (Advisor: A. Dall' Asta)
Research: Probabilistic Assessment and Retrofit of Low Ductility Reinforced Concrete Frames

Recent Undergraduate Students

Julianne Crawford

Julianne Crawford
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2015
Research: SMA Modeling and Tank Vulnerability Studies
email: jmc17@rice.edu

 

Matt Stearns

Jinal Mehta
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2015
Research: Post-Hurricane Debris Field Modeling
email: jjm5@rice.edu

 

Ross Wilson

Ross Wilson
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016
Research: Repair and Deterioration Modeling for Bridge LCA
email: rw20@rice.edu

 

Arthur Cao

Zeyang (Arthur) Cao
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016
Research: Modeling of Dry Cask Storage Structures Under Earthquake Loads
email: zc10@rice.edu

 

Matt Stearns Mariam Junaid
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2015
Research: Inventory Analysis of ASTs along the Upper Texas Coast
Brian Nordstrom

Brian Nordstrom
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2015
Research: Review of Storage Tank Performance in Past Hurricanes

 

Matt Stearns

Chandler Watkins
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2016
Research: Sustainability Indicators from Natural Hazards

 

Truc Huynh

Truc Huynh
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2014
Research: Exploring Climate Change Impacts on Bridge Infrastructure

 

Matt Stearns

Xaob Perez
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2014
Research: Sensitivity of Aging Dry Cask Structures Under Earthquake Loads

 

Matt Stearns

Andrew Lo
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2013
Research: Bridge Inventory Analysis from Plan Review and Field Study to Support Vulnerability Modeling

 

Matt Stearns

Matt Stearns
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2011
Research: Simulation of coastal bridge vulnerability

 

Citlali Tapia

Citlali Tapia
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2011
Research: Life-cycle modeling of bridge sustainability subjected to natural hazards

 

Benjamin Berryhill

Benjamin Berryhill
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2012
Research: Statistical analysis of Houston area bridge inventory

 

Parag Bathia

Parag Bathia
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2011
Research: Characterizing field condition parameters for vulnerability modeling

 

Peter Fobel

Peter Fobel
Degree Sought: B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University, May 2012
Research: Outreach development for structural engineering and natural hazards

 

 

Group Photos

Navid's committee
Celebratory donuts with Bedient (2017)
Carl, Kameshwar and Dr. Padgett (2016)
Carl, Kameshwar and Dr. Padgett (2016)
2014 dinner
Group (2014)
2014 dinner
Jinal, Julianne & Emily with SMA Cookies at Grad Dinner (2014)
Navid's committee
Navid with his Thesis Committee (2014)
Dissertations
"Thesis Writing" Group (2014)
2014 dinner
Dr. Padgett Presenting at ICASP (2011)

Group Dinner May 2010
Group Dinner (2011)

Group Dinner May 2010
Group Dinner (2010)

Jay in the field at Rollover Pass 2008 Jay in the field

Navid and Golden Gate
Navid and the Golden Gate Bridge

9NCEE Banquet 2010 Emily, Danusa, and Dr. Padgett at Conference Banquet (2010)

Galveston testbed region tour Dr. Padgett, Candase, and Navid at Gavleston tour (2009)

Danusa presenting at 9NCEE
Danusa presenting at the 9NCEE (2010)

Emily at WBA, Sum2010 Emily with bridge expansion joint at WBA (2010)

SSPEED Galveston field trip, Fall 2009
Group members at SSPEED Center field trip (2009)

Lunch, Fall08 Group lunch (2008)

Padgett at Rollover Pass post-Ike, 2008
Post Ike reconnaissance (2008)