PhD

Mohammad Nafisifard

University and Institute
Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Material Science, University of Stavanger

Start date:
08 September 2020

Background:
I got my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering program at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 2015. Then, I just started my micromaster program at Iran university of science and Technology in Coastal, Port, and Marine Structures Engineering and finished one year later. During my micromaster program, I worked as a Structural engineer in an international construction company for about six months. I used this opportunity to learn from the best in the field about various structures and their structural details. Living in Tehran, a megacity in imminent danger of a devastating earthquake, I decided to further study earthquake engineering at master level at the University of Tehran. For the master’s thesis, I decided to concentrate on ‘Damage Detection of High-rise Buildings’. Throughout my master's, I got involved in another research project on seismic assessment, rehabilitation, and ambient Vibration Monitoring of damaged and retrofitted buildings conducted at Earthquake Institute, University of Tehran. I accomplished my master’s degree in 2019. Now I am a PhD student at the University of Stavanger. Besides engineering, I enjoy doing sports and spending time with my family and friends.

Motivation:
Since the beginning of my master’s degree program, novelty, interdisciplinarity, diverse applicability, and rapid development of “Structural Health Monitoring” have attracted my interest; therefore, I narrowed down the topic of my studies to this area. Related to this, safe and cost-efficient design and operation of bridges, as the key elements of an efficient transportation network, can benefit from novel technology for remote sensing of wind, as one of the governing factors in the design of such large structures.  Keeping these in mind, it was no surprise that I tried to be involved in LIKE project and I was lucky enough to be accepted to work on application of LIDAR technology in design and maintenance of long-span bridges. Working on this PhD provides an opportunity for me to exploit Lidar technology potential and to present practical solutions for safe design and optimum maintenance of long-span bridges. In addition, it will help me to improve my academic skills in my path toward becoming a university instructor.