Mehrdad Shokrabadi, Ph.D.

Associate
Buildings & Structures
Orange County
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Dr. Shokrabadi specializes in performance-based earthquake engineering, seismic hazard recognition and mitigation, and nonlinear modeling and analysis of various structural systems. Dr. Shokrabadi’s work has focused on the design and implementation of efficient algorithms to tackle large-scale problems, improving the current seismic risk analysis methodologies and adoption of machine learning techniques for rapid post-disaster damage assessment. While earning his Ph.D., Dr. Shokrabadi developed a probabilistic framework that allows explicit consideration of aftershocks in seismic risk analysis. The proposed framework integrates heightened seismic hazard following a major mainshock event with the increased vulnerability due to mainshock damage.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Shokrabadi was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California Los Angeles where he characterized seismic risk in tall structures located in the subduction zone of Pacific Northwest using 3-dimensional fully-nonlinear models of the core-wall buildings located in this region. Dr. Shokrabadi developed a platform for selecting ground motions for nonlinear response history analysis utilizing the latest findings in parallel computing. This novel approach allows more comprehensive selection of ground motion suites by reducing computational effort by a factor of up to 200.

Dr. Shokrabadi is involved in various professional associations including American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC).

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018
  • M.S., Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2010

LANGUAGES

  • Farsi

Publications

Yi, Z., Burton, H. V., Shokrabadi, M., & Issa, O. (2020). “Multi-scale cost-benefit analysis of the Los Angeles Soft-Story Ordinance”. Engineering Structures, 214, 110652.

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2019). “Regional short-term and long-term risk and loss assessment under sequential seismic events". Engineering Structures, 185, 366-376.

Zhang, Y., Burton, H. V., Shokrabadi, M., & Wallace, J. W. (2019). “Seismic Risk Assessment of a 42-Story Reinforced Concrete Dual-System Building Considering Mainshock and Aftershock Hazard”. Journal of Structural Engineering, 145(11), 04019135.

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2018). “Risk-based assessment of aftershock and mainshock-aftershock seismic performance of reinforced concrete frames". Structural Safety, 73, 64-74.

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2018). “Building service life economic loss assessment under sequential seismic events". Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 47 (9), 1864-1881.

Shokrabadi, M., Burton, H. V. and Stewart, Jonathan P. (2018). “Impact of sequential ground motion pairing on mainshock-aftershock structural response and collapse performance assessment". Journal of Structural Engineering, 144 (10), 04018177.

Zhang, Y., Burton, H. V., Sun H. and Shokrabadi, M. (2018). “A machine learning framework for assessing post-earthquake structural safety". Structural Safety 17, 1-16.

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2017). “Ground motion intensity measures for rocking building systems". Earthquake Spectra, 33(4), 1533-1554.

Shokrabadi, M., Banazadeh, M., Shokrabadi, M. and Mellati, A. (2015). “Assessment of seismic risks in code conforming reinforced concrete frames". Engineering Structures 98, 14-28.

Presentations

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2018). “Building Service Life Loss Assessment under Sequential Seismic Events". Proceedings, 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, California.

Shokrabadi, M. and Burton, H. V. (2017). “Aftershock Seismic Risk in Reinforced Concrete Frames". Proceedings, SEI Structures Congress 2017, Denver, Colorado.

Prior Experience

Post-doctoral scholar, University of California Los Angeles, 2018-2020

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering

Engineering Structures

The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings

Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018
  • M.S., Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2018
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran, 2010

LANGUAGES

  • Farsi