B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran, 2005M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Iran University of Science & Technology (centre of excellence for fundamental structural studies), Tehran, Iran, 2008M.Sc. in Structural Engineering, University of Virginia, 2019

"A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. ~Freeman Dyson "

     Having enough knowledge to teach a student is one side of the coin, but the methodology you intend to deliver the knowledge is another side that requires additional learning and practice. Regardless of how much knowledgeable you are; you should transfer your information effectively in such a way that a student can understand it properly, without memorizing the material. I also believe that in order to be an effective teacher, you must be a lifelong learner and create that spirit in your students. I grew up in a teacher-based family. My father was a mathematics teacher and from my childhood, I always remember how he influenced my mind indirectly to have a passion for teaching. So, I was fortunate to gain a perspective on teaching in the early stages of my childhood. He always reminded me of how teaching is crucial for society and my mindset has been framed by a saying he often shared with me:No matter what you are teaching, always be careful how you behave with your students. They are next-generation and whatever you teach will be reflected in your society. So, teaching is not merely a simple job, it is the foundation of a society and if you build it well, it will be improved gradually”.

     I received my first Master of Science degree in the realm of earthquake engineering from the Iran University of Science & Technology (Centre of excellence for fundamental structural studies). Being passionate about the mathematics and fundamental concepts of topics in engineering, I decided to concentrate on the more theoretical aspects of my research field. Thus, I chose to work on “Graph theoretical methods and Algebra methods for optimizing structural matrices” under the supervision of Prof. Ali Kaveh who is well-known for his theoretical research on Structural Engineering. After studying graph theory and getting familiar with its concepts I could come up with some novel techniques which led to an improvement in optimizing structural matrices and implementing a few of them. I also published a couple of papers in different journals from my thesis. What’s more, I got my second master of science in structural engineering from the University of Virginia. For my thesis, I proposed and worked on two structural mitigation systems. One of them was funded by NSF and finally became my thesis title. In the other system, I just wrote 26 pages of the proposal.

     Engaging students and having them care about a subject matter without memorizing the materials can be difficult, but it is crucial to my teaching philosophy. I believe that to teach mathematical courses to the students, a good candidate should not only have a great mathematical background but also be familiar with engineering frameworks to convey the concepts more effectively. Having an engineering background helps me to look at mathematics in a more sensible fashion rather than just as an abstract concept and I believe that this viewpoint can be helpful to me to be a successful lecturer.


  • M.Sc. Awarded Scholarship, Engineering Systems and Environment (Civil and Environmental Engineering), University of Virginia 2016-2019
  • Awarded Scholarship Teacher and Research Assistant, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida 2015-2016
  • Awarded member of National Elites Foundation, society of prominent students of IRAN 2010
  • Awarded Grant, I am awarded the only recipient of Geo-technical and environmental endowed scholarship for 2016-2017 in the University of Central Florida 2016
  • M.Sc. Awarded Scholarship, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology 2005-2008
  • Ranked 192th, Nationwide Universities Exam for Civil Engineering M.Sc. program among over 70’000 B.Sc. Participants 2005
  • B.Sc. Awarded Scholarship, Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz 2001 Ranked among top 0.6%, Nationwide Universities Entrance Exam among over 450’000 participants 2000-2005

Research Interests

  • Smart Structures
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • Structural Applications of Smart and Advanced Materials
  • Energy Dissipation Systems
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Intelligent Materials and Structures
  • Damage detection and System Identification
  • Machine Learning
  • Optimization Mathematical Models and Graph Theoretical Methods

Selected Publications

  • "Novel computational mathematical algorithms for structural optimization using graph-theoretical methods." Engineering Computations. 2022 Mar 30, volume 39, issue 6 ABS Shafiei Dizaji, F., Shafiei Dizaji, M.
  • "Seismic Performance Assessment of Steel Frames Upgraded with Shape Memory Alloy Re-centering Dampers for Passive Protection of Structures Subjected to Seismic Excitations Using High-Performance NiTiHfPd Material" Smart Mater. Struc. 2022 May 3, 31 065004 ABS Shafiei Dizaji, F., Shafiei Dizaji, M.
  • "Hysteresis Identification Using Extended Preisach Neural Network." Neural Processing Letters. 2022 Jan 15:1-25 ABS Farrokh, M., Shafiei Dizaji, F., Shafiei Dizaji, M.,

Courses Taught

  • APMA 1110: Calculus II Fall and Spring
  • APMA 2130: Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE) Fall and Spring
  • APMA 2120: Multivariable Calculus Fall and Spring
  • APMA 3080: Linear Algebra Fall and Spring
  • APMA 3100: Probability Fall and Spring