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SeyedAli Ghahari is a Researcher,Purdue University,USA

SeyedAli Ghahari

Researcher

Organizing Committee Member

USA

Purdue University

BIOGRAPHY

Ali is a researcher at Purdue University, pursuing a Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation Asset Management. At Purdue, he is pursuing his research studies in Transportation and Infrastructure Systems at Purdue under the supervision of Professor Samuel Labi. He is performing corruption assessment in infrastructure projects and performing asset management studies on infrastructure systems. Ali has more than 30 publications on different aspects of civil engineering. He is currently working as a graduate teaching assistant in the EPICS Program (Engineering Projects in Community Service), guiding undergraduate students to accomplish hands-on projects that help the improvement of communities. Research studies have included: Assessing the Relative Performance of Highway Bridge Decks across Multiple States, Estimation of Annual Bridge Repair Expenditures, and Multiple-Time Period Model for Hydrogen Refueling Station Locations Considering Budget Constraints. He is a member of the ITE Purdue Student Chapter, where he has served as Secretary. He has served as a Senator for Purdue’s Graduate Student Government and has served as President of Purdue’s Civil Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council. He is a member of Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2017. In the words of Purdue Professor Sam Labi: “Ali possesses excellent interpersonal skills, excellent communication abilities, and high standards of character. He maintains a high sense of personal discipline and integrity. Given these outstanding personal attributes, it is therefore no surprise that he maintains a very high standard of professional relationships with staff and his peers, and works well in a team environment.”

PUBLICATIONS

Books & Book Chapters: 
1. S.A.Ghahari, H. Najafi, A. Khazaie, S. Nasr “Rail – Series of Railway Super Structure Elements”, Farhang-e-Sabaa Publications, 2018.  
2. E. Ghafari, F. Severgnini, S.A.Ghahari, Y. Feng, E.J. Lee, C.Y. Zhang, B. Kucukgok, X. Jiang, and N. Lu, “Chapter 8: Thermoelectric Nanocomposite for Energy Harvesting”, in Multifunctional Nanocomposites for Energy and Environmental Applications, ed. Z. Guo, Y. Chen and N. Lu, ISBN: 978-3-527-34213-6 Publisher: Wiley-VCH Inc. 2018.
3. M.Esmaeili, K.Mehrzad, S.A.Ghahari, “Introduction to the Application of Hot-Mixed Asphalt in Ballasted Railway”, Railways Educational and Research Center, Jahantab Publications, 2016.
Journal Papers:  
1. S.A.Ghahari, P. Ha, S. Chen, M. Alinizzi, B. Agbelie, S. Labi, “Inputs for Bridge Painting Decision Support – A Synthesis”, Journal of Infrastructure Asset Management, ICE Publication, 2018.
2. S.A.Ghahari, M. Volovski, S. Alqadhi, M. Alinizzi, “Estimation of Annual Repair Expenditure for Interstate Highway Bridges,” Journal of Infrastructure Asset Management, ICE Publication, 2018.
3. S. Alqadhi. S.A.Ghahari, W. Woldemariam, M. Volovski, S. Chen, “Costs and Benefits of Highway Pavement Resurfacing: Interstate 456 Case Study”, Journal of Infrastructure Asset Management, ICE Publication, 2018.
4. Z. Tang, S. Chen, J. Cheng, S.A.Ghahari, S. Labi, “Highway Design and Safety Consequences: A Case Study of Interstate Highway Vertical Grades”, Journal of Advanced Transportation, 2018.
5. S.A.Ghahari, S. Alqadhi, S. Chen, S. Labi, “Relationship between Statewide Highway Bridge Repair Investments and Physical Performance –A Comparative Aggregate Assessment”, Under Review, 2018.
6. S.A. Ghahari, S. Labi, “A Blue Print for Detecting and Measuring Inefficiencies at Infrastructure Agencies”, Under Review, 2018.
7. S.A.Ghahari, E.Ghafari, L.Assi, “Pore Structure of Cementitious Material Enhanced by Graphitic Nanomaterial: A Critical Review”, Journal of Frontiers in Structural and Civil Engineering, 2017.
8. S.A.Ghahari, A.Mohammadi, A.A. Ramezanianpour, “Performance Assessment of Natural Pozzolan Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements”, Vol. 7. Journal of Case Studies in Construction Materials, 2017.
9. S.A. Ghahari, E. Ghafari, N. Lu, “Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Thermoelectric Properties of Cement Composite for Waste Heat Harvesting”, Vol. 146. Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2017.
10. S.A. Ghahari, E. Ghafari, N. Lu, “Hydration Properties of Cement Pastes with Al-Zinc Oxide and Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2017.
11. L. Assi, S.A.Ghahari, E. Deaver, D. Leaphart, P. Ziehl, “Improvement of the Early and Final Compressive Strength of Fly Ash-Based Geopolymer Concrete at Ambient Conditions”, Vol. 123. Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2016.
12. E.Ghafari, S.A.Ghahari, Y. Feng, F. Severgnini, N. Lu, “Effect of Zinc oxide and Al-Zinc oxide nanoparticles on the rheological properties of cement”, Vol. 105. Journal of Composite B, 2016.
13. E.Ghafari, S.A.Ghahari, H. Costa, E. Julio, A. Portugal, L. Duraes, “Effect of Supplementary Cementitious Materials on Autogenous Shrinkage of Ultra-High Performance Concrete”, Vol. 127. Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2017. 14. S.A.Ghahari, A.M.Ramezanianpour, A.A.Ramezanianpour, M.Esmaeili, “An Accelerated Test Method of Simultaneous Carbonation and Chloride Ion Ingress: Durability of Silica Fume Concrete in Severe Environments”, Journal of Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, Vol. 2016. 2016. ISI - ISSN: 1650979 – Hindawi Publication.
15. S.A.Ghahari, A.A.Ramezanianpour, M.Esmaeili, S.Mohammadzade, A.Khazaie, “Sustainability in Mass Production of Concrete Sleepers Using Fiber Reinforced Concept Based on a Value Engineering Survey”, Under review at the Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2016. ISSN: 1943-555
16. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, M.Esmaeili, “Effect of Combined Carbonation and Chloride ion Ingress by an Accelerated Test Method on Microscopic and Mechanical Properties of Concrete”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2014. ISI - ISSN: 0950-0618- Elsevier Publication.
17. A.M.Ramezanianpour, Kh.Esmaeili, S.A.Ghahari, A.A.Ramezanianpour, “Effect of Steam Curing on Durability of Self-Consolidating Concrete”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2014. ISI - Elsevier Publication.
18. A.A.Ramezanianpour, M.Esmaeili, S.A.Ghahari, M.H.Najafi, “Laboratory Study on the Effect of Polypropylene Fiber on Durability, and Physical and Mechanical Characteristic of Concrete for Application in Sleepers”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 2013. ISI - ISSN: 0950-0618- Elsevier Publication.
19. M.Esamaeili, S.A.Ghahari, "Laboratory Study on the Effect of Poly-Propylene Fiber on Mechanical Properties of Concrete for Application in Sleeper ", OmraanModarres Journal, 2012.

International Conference Papers:  
1. S.A. Ghahari, C. Queiroz, M. Alinizzi, S. Ghotbi, S. Labi, “Anti-Corruption Activities in Infrastructure Project Delivery by Implementing Technology”, International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICDT). PA, USA, 2019.
2. S.A. Ghahari, L. Assi, K. Carter, S. Ghotbi, “Hydrogen Fueling System Challenges and Opportunities for the Fully Automated Vehicles”, International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICDT). VA, USA, 2019.
3. B. Fulk, S.A. Ghahari, Kyubyung Kang, M. Hastak, “Cognitive Apprenticeship Approach as the Foundational Learning Method for Construction Engineering Students”, 126th Annual Conference of American Society for Engineering Education. FL, USA, 2019.  
4. S.A. Ghahari, S. Ghotbi, S. Labi, “The Future of Electric Automated Fleets and Constribution to Sustainable Development”, 1st Annual Conference on Next-Generation Transport Systems (NGTS 2019). Indiana, USA, 2019.
5. S.A. Ghahari, M. Alinizzi, S. Ghotbi, S. Labi, “Feasibility of Using CAV Monitoring Capabilities to Combat Corruption Related to Infrastructure Project Delivery”, 1st Annual Conference on Next-Generation Transport Systems (NGTS 2019). Indiana, USA, 2019.
6. S.A. Ghahari, B. Alabi, H. Kemaw, S. Labi, “Reducing Pavement Project Delivery Inefficiency, Irregularity, and Cost Using Lean Construction, Information Modeling, and Monitoring Systems”, International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference. Illinois, USA, 2019.  
7. S. Chen, S. A. Ghahari, S. Labi, “Assessing Performance Outcomes and Ranking of Jurisdictions – A Nonparametric Efficiency Approach for Asset Management”, Transportation Research Board (TRB 2019), TRB 98th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, 2019.
8. S. A. Ghahari, N. Alabi, S. Chen, B. Agbelie, S. Labi, “The Bridge Investment-Performance Nexus at an Aggregate Level–Accounting for Situational and Measurement Biases”, Transportation Research Board (TRB 2019), TRB 98th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, 2019.
9. S. A. Ghahari, S Labi, N Naderpajouh, S Ghotbi, “Is Corruption Influenced by Human Development Index and Transparency? A Global Spatial Assessment Using GIS”, 2018 GIS Conference, Indiana, USA.
10. S. Ghotbi, S. A. Ghahari, “A Curriculum Design on Electronic Devices Design Laboratory”, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), California, USA, 2018. 11. S. Labi, S.A. Ghahari, Augustine Marfo, Young Joun Ha, “Evaluation of Automated Transit Systems -- Assessment Criteria, Methodologies, and Case Studies”, 16th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Automated Transit Systems (APM-ATS 2018). Florida, USA.
12. S.A. Ghahari, S. Labi, S. Ghotbi, M. Alinizzi, “Leveraging Advanced Technologies for Fighting Corruption in Infrastructure Project Delivery”, International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICDT). PA, USA, 2018.
13. S.A. Ghahari, W. Woldemariam, Y. Qiao, S.Labi, “Assessing the Relative Performance of Highway Bridge Decks Across States – A Preliminary Aggregate Analysis” TRB Best Presentations from the Annual Interuniversity Symposium on Infrastructure Management, Transportation Research Board (TRB 2018), TRB 97th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, 2018.
14. S.A. Ghahari, M. Volovski, S. Labi, “Estimation of Annual Bridge Repair Expenditure: An Exploratory Analysis Using Fixed and Random Effects Specifications” Transportation Research Board (TRB 2018), TRB 97th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., USA, 2018.
15. P. Panchmatia, J. Olek, E. Ghafari, S.A. Ghahari, N. Lu, “Nanosilica Coated Aggreagates: Effects on Strength, Microstructure, and Transport Properties of Hydraulic Cemnetn Moratars”, Advances in Construciton Materials and Systems, Proceedings of an International Conference (ICACMS), Vol.2, 2017.
16. S.A. Ghahari, S. Alqadhi, S. Labi, “The Bridge Expenditure-Performance Nexus: Comparison across the States”, Purdue ITE Presentations. West Lafayette, USA, 2017. 17. S.A. Ghahari, S. Alqadhi, “The U.S. Interstate Highway Bridge Maintenance Performance Assessment”, The 13th Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM 2017). West Lafayette, USA, 2017.
18. S. Labi, S.A. Ghahari, S. Montgomery, A.Sultana, T. Saeed, “The Resilience-Sustainability Nexus: Navigating the Maze”, 2017 MAIREINFRA – International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities. Seoul, South Korea, 2017.
19. S.A. Ghahari, Y.Qiao, S. Labi, “An Exploratory Aggregate Analysis of Interstate Highway Bridge Deck Expenditure and Condition”, The 11th International Bridge and Structures Management Conference. Mesa, Arizona, 2017.
20. S.A. Ghahari, S. Miralinaghi, S. Labi, “Multiple-Time Period Model for Hydrogen Refueling Station Locations Considering Budget Constraints”. The 58th Transportation Research Forum Annual Conference, Illinois, USA, 2017.
21. S.A. Ghahari, Y. Qiao, S. Labi, “How well are we doing relative to other States? Interstate Highway Bridge Spending and Performance Comparisons across the States of the Union”. 103rd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference, USA, 2017.
22. S.A.Ghahari, S.Montgomery, T.Saeed, S.Labi “Opportunities for Incorporating Sustainability at Each Phase of Civil Infrastructure Development”, The 4th Annual ABE-GSA Graduate Industrial Research Symposium, USA, 2017.
23. S.A.Ghahari, T.Saeed, S.Montgomery, S.Labi “Sustainability and Resilience at Each Phase of Civil Infrastructure Development”, 15th Climate Change and Geotechnical Engineering, USA, 2017.
24. B.Fulk, S.A.Ghahari, M.Hastak, “Case Study and Apprenticeship Pedagogy for Training Construction Engineering Students”, 2017 IEEE Frontiers in Educagtion Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, USA, 2017.
25. B.Fulk, S.A.Ghahari, M.Hastak, “EPICS Global Service Learning Pedagogy Explored for Construction Engineering Education”, Presented at Purdue Engagement and Service-Learning Summit: Partnerships for Purpose, USA, 2017.
26. B.Fulk, S.A.Ghahari, M.Hastak, “Pedagogical Initiatives in Advancing Construction Engineering Education”, The 103th Purdue Road School, USA, 2017.
27. B.Fulk, S.A.Ghahari, M.Hastak, “Improving Student Motivation, the Professional Development and Critical Thinking Skills of Construction Engineering and Management Students”, The 11th Annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium (AGSERS), USA, 2017.
28. S.A.Ghahari, E.Ghafari, N. Lu, “Synergistic Effects of Oxide Nanoparticles and CF on TE Behavior of Cement Composite for Energy Harvesting Applications”, TRB 96th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C., USA, 2017.
29. N. Lu, S.A. Ghahari, E. Ghafari, Y. Feng, “Effects of Oxide Nanoparticles on Thermoelectric Behavior of Cement Composites for Energy Harvesting Applications,” 2017 TRB Session 382- Nanotechnology, Washington D.C., Jan 8 – 12, 2017. Invited Talk.  
30. P. Panchmatia, E. Ghafari, S.A. Ghahari, J. Olek & N. Lu, “Nano-silica Coated Aggregate: Effects on Strength, Microstructure, and Transport Properties of Mortars,” 2017 TRB Session 382- Nanotechnology, Washington DC, Jan 8 – 12, 2017. Invited Talk.
31. E. Ghafari, Y. Feng, S.A. Ghahari, A. Bukowski, N. Lu, “Investigating Process-Structure Relations of ZnO Nanofiber via Electrospinning Process for Piezoelectricity”, International Conference on Composites and Nano Engineering. Keynote Talk at China, 2016.
32. E. Ghafari, S.A. Ghahari, Y. Feng, and N. Lu, “Nanomaterials for Energy Harvesting in Civil Infrastructures,” Anna Maria Workshop XVII, Tampa, FL, Nov 16 – 18, 2016.  
33. S.A. Ghahari, E. Ghafari, N. Lu, “The Effect of Al-Zinc Oxide and Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Addition on the Cement Paste Properties”, The 7th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2016.
34. E. Ghafari, S.A. Ghahari, L. Castano, Y. Feng, N. Lu, “Thermoelectric Concrete for Energy Harvesting  in Civil Infrastructures”, The 7th Advances in Cement-Based Materials. Northwestern university, Evanston, Illinois - 07/10/2016.
35. S.A. Ghahari, R. Rahimi, Z. Huges, B. Ziaei, N. Lu, “Low Cost Self-Powered UV Dosimeter for Construction Occupational Safety”. 102nd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference, USA, 2016.
36. S.A. Ghahari, E. Ghafari, L. Catano, Y. Chaoyi, B. Kucukgok, N. Lu, “High Performance Composite for Wind Turbine Blades”. Purdue Open House – 09/20/2015.
37. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, A.Mohammadi, “Mechanical and Durability Properties of Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements in Cold Regions”, 4th International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies, USA, 2016.
38. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, A.M.Ramezanianpour, Kh.Esmaeili, “Effect of Steam Curing on Mechanical Properties of Self-Compacting Concrete Containing Pozzolan”, 13th International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues, Ottawa, Canada, 2015.
39. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, M.Esmaeili, “Mechanical Properties of Concrete Exposed to Simultaneous CO2 and Chloride Ion”, 13th International Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology and Sustainability Issues, Ottawa, Canada, 2015. 
40. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, M.Esmaeili, “Effect of Varying Silica Fume Content and Water To Binder Ratio on Simoltaneous Carbonation and Chloride Ion Ingress in Concrete”, 4th International FIB Congress, Mumbai, India, 2014.
41. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, A.M.Ramezanianpour, Kh.Esmaeili, “Mechanical properties of Self-Compacting Concrete Exposed to Initial Steam Curing”, 4th International FIB Congress, Mumbai, India, 2014.
42. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, “Study on Improving the Performance of Concrete Sleeper by Implementing Poly-Propylene Fiber”, 4th International FIB Congress, Mumbai, India, 2014.
43. M.Esmaeili, A.Khazaie, S.A.Ghahari, “Numerical Analysis of the Effect of Transition Zone Embankment Properties on Railway Ballasted Track Bridges”, 8th National Civil Engineering Congress, Tehran, Iran, 2014.
44. A.A.Ramezanianpour, S.A.Ghahari, S.Mohammadzade, A.Khazaie, “Feasibility Study on Production and Sustainability of Poly Propylene Fiber Reinforced Concrete Ties Based On a Value Engineering Survey”, 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies, Japan, 2013.
45. M.Esmaeili, S.A.Ghahari, "Poly-Propylene Fiber Reinforced Sleeper with High Corrosion Resistance", 11th International Traffic & Transportation Engineering Conference, Tehran, Iran, 2012. 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy – Transportation-Expected-2020
Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
• Area of concentration: Infrastructure Economics and Planning
• Selected courses: Lean EPC Performance Control, Economics and Infrastructure, Game Theory, Intermediate Economics
 
Master of Science - Construction Materials – GPA 3.77/4.0-2016 Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
• Area of concentration: Infrastructures
• Selected courses: Non-linear Fracture Mechanics, Fundamental Steel Corrosion in Concrete, Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainability  
• Research outcome: Published 2 journal and conference papers and presented at 3 conferences.
• Master Thesis: The Effect of ZnO Nanoparticles on Thermoelectric Behavior and Fresh Properties of Cement Paste
 
Master of Science - Construction Engineering and Management - GPA 3.77/4.0-2013 Tehran Polytechnic University, Tehran, Iran
• Area of concentration: Management
• Research outcome: Published 3 journal and conference papers and presented at 3 conferences.
• Related coursework: Value Engineering, Advanced Concrete Technology, Project Controls and Planning Methods, Finance Management and Project Accounting, Risk Management
• Master Thesis: Effect of Simultaneous Carbonation and Chloride Diffusion on Concrete Durability.
• RESEARCH PROJECTS:
− Designing and making an apparatus for the laboratory of CTDRC to apply carbonation and chloride attack on concrete specimens, 2012-2013
− Study on mass production of polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete sleepers, IUST, 2012-2014
• Honors: Best Master’s Thesis Award - Iran Concrete Institute-2014                      
Ranked top 5% - Tehran Polytechnic University-2013  
 
Bachelor of Science – Railway Track & Structures Engineering - GPA 3.65/4.0-2011
Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
• Area of concentration: Railway Engineering, Infrastructures
• Research outcome: Published 1 journal and conference papers and presented at 2 conferences.
• Selected courses: Concrete Technology, Structural Analysis, Route Design, Railway Track Engineering, Design of Railway Bridges, Track Substructure Design, Route Survey, Earthquake Engineering  
• Bachelor Thesis: Laboratory Study on the Effect of Polypropylene Fiber on Durability, and Physical and Mechanical Characteristic of Concrete for Application in Sleepers.

RESEARCH INTEREST

RESEARCH PROJECTS: − Feasibility Study on Producing Sleepers with Polypropylene Fibers, IUST, Tehran, Iran, 2010-2012 − Feasibility Study on using Shotcretes with Polypropylene Fibers, IUST, Tehran, Iran, 2010-2011 − Study on Light Weight Concrete for National Competitions, IUST, Tehran, Iran, 2010-2011 − Member of Translation team for UIC fish 723 for Railway Engineering Faculty, 2010.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Honors: Elite Student - Ranked first - Iran University of Science and Technology 2011
First Honored Student during B.Sc - Each year in program - IUST-2008-2011 
ITE Cox Award for Excellence in Infrastructure Transportation Systems-2019
Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching-2018
Prestigious Outstanding Service Award-2018
TRB Conference - Erin Flanagan School of Civil Engineering Grant-2018
MIT Short Program Scholarship-2017
World Energy Engineering Congress-2017
Purdue Summer Research Grant – Fellowship-2017
MACH – Making Academic Change Happen Workshop - NSF Grant-2017
TRB Conference – Nano Technology Committee Travel Grant-2017
Georgia Tech Conference on Nano Technology Travel Grant-2014  
Best Master’s Thesis Award - Iran Concrete Institute-2014
 

COLLABORATIONS

• Member of Transportation and Development Institute-2017-Present
• Member of Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering-2017-Present
• Member of American Society for Engineering Management-2017-Present
• Member of American Society of Engineering Education-2017-Present
• Member of National Society of Professional Engineers-2017-Present
• Member of International Society of Sustainability Professionals-2017-Present
• Member of Construction Institute-2016-Present
• Member of Engineers without Borders-2016-Present
• Member of ACI committee 544 – Fiber Reinforced Concrete-2016-Present
• Member of ACI committee 201 – Durability of Concrete-2016-Present
• Member of American Ceramic Society-2016-Present

• Member of Association of Energy Engineers-2016-Present
• Member of the RILEM committee-2016-Present
• Member of ACI committee 241 – Nanotechnology of Concrete-2015-Present
• Member of RILEM-2015-Present
• Member of AREMA committee 08 – Concrete structures & foundations-2015-Present
• Member of AREMA committee 30 -Ties 2015-Present
• Member of AREMA-2014 –Present
• Member of USArchery-2014-Present

• Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-2014-Present
• Member of Concrete Technology and Durability Research Center-2012-2014
• Member of ACI-2011-Present
• Member of Iranian Concrete Institute-2009-Present 

EDITORSHIP

• Journal of Education-2019
• Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2018

• Journal of Characterization and Application of Nanomaterials-2018