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Award-Winning Engineer Honored

Award-Winning Engineer HonoredAward-Winning Engineer Honored

Iranian structural engineer Mahdi Arezoumandi, one of the five awardees of the 2014 O.H. Ammann Research Fellowships in structural engineering from the US Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), was honored in a ceremony at his hometown in Qom, on September 30.

Attending the ceremony, head of Qom Construction Engineering Organization Saeid Khan-Ahmadlou said the numerous top scientific ranks conferred on Iranian scholars indicate the high level of their knowledge. All the officials should support them, he said, quoted by IRNA.

Arezoumandi elaborating on his work said “concrete is one of the most common human-made products in the world, the main constituent of which is cement.”

“Studies show that for every kilogram of cement produced, one kilogram of carbon dioxide is released, which is harmful. One way to solve this problem and reduce the amount of CO2 is to produce concrete from fly ash which I have evaluated in my PhD research.”

Fly ash is a by-product of coal-fired electric generating plants. The use of these byproducts offers environmental advantages by diverting the material from the waste stream, reducing the energy investment in processing virgin materials, conserving virgin materials, and allaying pollution.

The SEI is a vibrant community of more than 25,000 structural engineers within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The fellowship is bestowed annually to a member for the purpose of encouraging the creation of new knowledge in the field of structural design and construction. This year five winners were announced.


After completing his Master’s Degree in earthquake/structural engineering from Tehran Polytechnic in 2002, Arezoumandi worked at the Small Industries and Industrial Park Organization (SIIPO) where he was involved in the design of a wide range of civil engineering structures. He came to the United States to continue his education in 2009, seeking PhD degree at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

He has published 19 journal papers and 11 conference papers so far, won a couple of scholarships from Post Tensioning Institute (PTI) and Chi Epsilon Honor Society, and awarded the Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering in 2013.

More recently, he was awarded the National University Transportation Center (NUTC) student of the year in 2014. He has served as a vice president of both Chi Epsilon Honor Society and the Council of Graduate Student (CGS) at the Missouri University.