The journey I traveled, challenges I dealt and what is my horizons
When I was an undergraduate student, I found that I have a great passion for experimental studies on the concrete. Therefore, I joined Construction Material Institute at the University of Tehran, the No. 1 University in our country. Under the supervision of strong faculties, I accomplished a comprehensive study on the cement replacement materials and equipped myself with the knowledge and experience of the Rheological and Mechanical tests of Self Consolidating Concrete. Based on the confidence I gained during my research at CMI, I started to study for higher education national exam and had the honor of being selected as the top 2 percent of all national participants.
Following my interests in concrete, I entered K. N. Toosi University of Technology and focused on the Linear and Non-Linear Time-dependent Behavior of Reinforced Concrete, environmental issues and eco-efficiency of concrete with Dr. Bahram Beheshti who is well known in this area in our country. Although this topic was one of my favorite subjects, the required equipment significantly limited the experimental side of the study, and that was an initiation thaught to find more equipped resources for my prospective degree. In the meanwhile, as a structural engineer, I saw the Fire engineering and the behavior assessments of the steel connections exciting; then I worked with Dr. Mahdi Shariati on the behavior of different types of shear connectors at elevated temperatures. However, even in this area no labs found to have appropriate equipment to investigate the behavior of new connections under fire loading.
As I started my experimental works on concrete and developed my research area along the construction materials, Linear and Non-Linear behavior, reinforced concrete, steel connection design, and fire loading, it grows a great interest in my mind about the experimental works in these areas which need to continue in a Ph.D. program. I genuinely wish to attend a prestigious university to have outstanding graduate research.
Along with my academic background and based on my active personality, I worked for four years in the Tehran urban and suburban railway projects as a Structural Engineer. As a member of a team consisting twelve engineers, my principal obligations were: designing concrete and steel components (steel beam to column connections, reinforced concrete elements, etc.) by the Abaqus, scrutinizing the applied approaches in the project, and making a comprehensive CPM for the project. The nature of my tasks trained me how to face different challenges, how to communicate with professionals and how to perform team works.
All in all, I developed my abilities as Abaqus skill, data analysis and define a practical approach for the experiment. These practical experiences have broadened my horizons about forthcoming education, and I am confident that I can study in the Ph.D. program and be a successful student. In the following I explore some of my research and pilot studies, while all of these studies and presentations
helps me to have a better outlook in my research and gives me a better chance to
succeed in future research:
- Experimental study on the fresh Self-Consolidating Concrete and the Mechanical Properties of the Concrete with different additives and mixtures.
- An analytical assessment of specific BRB performance which modeled in Abaqus
- Presenting two research papers in the two prestigious Congress in my country.
- Study of adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy approaches to predict the compressive strength of self-consolidating concrete.
- Analyzing the most influenced factor on the ultimate strength of FRC rectangular
columns subjected to simulated seismic loading recently by an appropriate Neuro-Fuzzy approach.