Project Personnel

The 4-span bridge team

Advisory Board

An Advisory Board was formed to help guide the general direction of the project. The Board shall meet annually. The project team is grateful to the members of the Board for agreeing to serve.

Members of the Advisory Board are as follows:


Principal Investigator:


Other Senior Participants:

  • Pam Cantrell (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Anne Kiremidjian (Stanford)
  • Gokhan Pekcan (University of Nevada, Reno)

Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Ashkan Vosooghi (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Nathan Johnson (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • S. Mahmoud Zadeh (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Zhenyu Zhu (Florida International University)

Graduate Students:

  • Carlos Cruz (Ph.D.)
  • Mathew Dryden, UC-Berkeley (Ph.D.)
  • Liangcai He (Ph.D.)
  • David Hillis (M.S.)
  • Fatemeh Kavianipour (Ph.D.)
  • Ali Mehrsoroush, University of Nevada, Reno (Ph.D.)
  • Robert Nelson (M.S.)
  • Pooya Saraband (Ph.D.)
  • Patrick Wilson (M.S.)

Undergraduate Researchers:

  • Kevin Nguyen (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Milad Oliaee (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Danielle Smith (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Misha Raffiee (University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Amir S. Tahari (University of Nevada, Reno)

International Cooperation

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Dr. Kawashima

Dr. K. Kawashima of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, will be involved in the proposed study as international collaborator. He has extensive background in earthquake engineering of bridges. The interaction with Dr. Kawashima will be in design of the innovative plastic hinges of the columns in Model 3. Dr. Kawashima has studied the incorporation of high-damping lead rubber pads in column plastic hinges in the past. His collective experience will be utilized to improve and implement the detail he has developed in one of the columns of the bridge specimen.

University of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Dr. Fischinger

A specific subtask in the numerical simulation part of the study will be undertaken in collaboration with Prof. Fischinger of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia , and his research team. Slovenian researchers will test and upgrade analytical procedures, which they have developed in the past years and which will be used to support this project. The collaborative research will focus on four parts:

  1. Multimode effects during inelastic response of bridges
  2. Identifying parameters influencing irregularity of the bridge response and related innovative design concepts to improve regularity of seismic response of bridge structures
  3. The definition of the range of applicability of simplified inelastic procedures for irregular bridge structures and related requirements in seismic codes
  4. Improved analytical models for bridge piers