Milad Roohi

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Scott Campus (Omaha)
PKI 103D
(402) 554-6326
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Smart Resilient Infrastructure and Urban Systems (SiRIUS) Lab

Professional Memberships:

• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
• Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont, 2019
  • M.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tehran, 2014
  • B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, 2011

Areas of Research and Professional Interest

Our research at the Smart Resilient Infrastructure and Urban Systems (SiRIUS) lab investigates the interplay and connection between the multi-disciplinary data, algorithms, computational models, and emerging technologies to improve the performance, monitoring, and resilience of interconnected civil infrastructure and urban systems against deterioration, natural hazards, and climate change. 

Our research interests encompass the following interconnected areas: 

  • Multi-hazard risk, reliability and resilience of civil infrastructure and urban systems

  • Enabling next-generation cyber-physical systems through structural health monitoring, IoT & digital twin technologies

  • Technological development, large-scale testing, design and assessment of sustainable and resilient structures

  • Data science, machine learning, and network theory applied to civil infrastructure systems and natural hazards research

  • Bayesian nonlinear filtering, identification and control in stochastic structural and dynamical systems

  • Earthquake engineering, computational structural mechanics and finite element analysis

Research Profiles:

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Courses Taught

  • MECH 223 Engineering Statics


Academic and Professional Appointments:
  • 2022 - Present   Assistant Professor, Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Omaha, NE
  • 2021 - Present   Research Affiliate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2021 - 2022       Senior Scientist, Aon (Reinsurance Analytics and Solutions), Chicago, IL
  • 2019 - 2021        Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Standards & Technology Community Resilience Center of Excellence, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2015 - 2019        Graduate Research Assistant, Structural Monitoring, Diagnostics & Prognostics Lab, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Professional Committee Membership:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (2015 - present)
  • Technical Committee Member, ASCE Structural Health Monitoring & Control Committee (2019 - present)
  • Technical Committee Member, ASCE Dynamics Committee (2020 - present)
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) (2015 - present)
  • Technical Committee Member, Performance & Requirements Committee, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) (2020 - present)
  • Committee Member, North American Alliance of Hazards & Disaster Research Institutes (NAAHDRI) (2022 - present)
  • Member, International Society of Catastrophe Managers (ISCM) (2021 - present)

Selected Publications

  1. Cheraghzade, M., & Roohi, M. (2022). Deep learning for seismic structural monitoring by accounting for mechanics-based model uncertainty. Journal of Building Engineering, 104837. 
  2. Roohi, M., Erazo, K., Rosowsky, D., & Hernandez, E. M. (2021). An extended model-based observer for state estimation in nonlinear hysteretic structural systems. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing146, 107015.
  3. Roohi, M., Hernandez, E. M., & Rosowsky, D. (2021). Reconstructing Element-by-Element Dissipated Hysteretic Energy in Instrumented Buildings: Application to the Van Nuys Hotel Testbed. Journal of Engineering Mechanics147(1), 04020141.
  4. Roohi, M., van de Lindt, J. W., Rosenheim, N., Hu, Y., & Cutler, H. (2020). Implication of building inventory accuracy on physical and socio-economic resilience metrics for informed decision-making in natural hazards. Structure and infrastructure engineering17(4), 534-554.
  5. Roohi, M., & Hernandez, E. M. (2020). Performance-based post-earthquake decision making for instrumented buildings. Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring10(5), 775-792.
  6. Anajafi, H., Poursadr, K., Roohi, M., & Santini-Bell, E. (2020). Effectiveness of seismic isolation for long-period structures subject to far-field and near-field excitations. Frontiers in Built Environment6, 24.
  7. Roohi, M., Hernandez, E. M., & Rosowsky, D. (2019). Nonlinear seismic response reconstruction and performance assessment of instrumented wood-frame buildings—Validation using NEESWood Capstone full-scale tests. Structural Control and Health Monitoring26(9), e2373.
  8. Hernandez, E., Roohi, M., & Rosowsky, D. (2018). Estimation of element-by-element demand-to-capacity ratios in instrumented SMRF buildings using measured seismic response. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics47(12), 2561-2578.