Mohamed Moustafa

Mohamed A. Moustafa

Assistant Professor
Mohamed Moustafa
Biography

Dr. Moustafa received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor, Moustafa did a short post-doc at UC Berkeley. He also obtained a Certificate in Engineering and Business for Sustainability from UC Berkeley and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.

Moustafa's academic training and background is mainly in structural and earthquake engineering. He has more than 12 years experience in mechanics and design of reinforced concrete structures, multi-scale experimental testing, structural and performance-based design for mitigating hazards, advanced monitoring techniques, and finite element and computational modeling with application to buildings, bridges, and electrical power equipment and infrastructure.

Education
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • Certificate, Engineering and Business for Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 2008
Professional certifications & memberships
  • Professional Engineer (PE), California (License # C-82279)
  • Professional Civil Engineer, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate (License # 35-02901)
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI)

National committees membership (full voting member):

  • ASCE/SEI Retrofit of Structures under Dynamic Loads subcommittee
  • ACI Committee 341: Earthquake Resistant Concrete Bridges
  • ACI Subcommittee 341-0D: Performance-Based Design of Earthquake Resistant Bridges
  • ACI Committee 239: Ultra-High Performance Concrete
  • ACI Subcommittee 239-0C: Structural Design of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Prospective graduate students

I strive to hire 1 or 2 new motivated and passionate M.S. and/or Ph.D. students every year. Future students with a background in one or more of the following are encouraged to reach out to me at mmousatafa@unr.edu for potential opportunities.

  • Behavior and design of UHPC structures
  • Performance-based design under single or multiple hazards (with focus on wind and earthquake hazards)
  • advanced computational mechanics and machine learning approaches for structural modeling

Learn more about our graduate programs 

Research interests

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Bridge engineering and accelerated bridge construction (ABC)
  • Real-time hybrid simulation and pseudo-dynamic testing
  • Shake table and large-scale testing
  • Finite element and computational modeling
  • Behavior and mechanics of reinforced concrete structures
  • Structural design and optimization using Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC)
  • Performance-based design under extreme events
  • Advanced monitoring and digital image correlation (DIC) for system identification
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems

Selected publications

    Student authors listed in italics. 

    Journal publications

    1. Wen, B., A. Moustafa, and D. Junwua. “Seismic fragilities of high-voltage electrical substation disconnect switches” Earthquake Spectra (in-press)
    2. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa, “Effect of Damping Modeling and Characteristics on Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Multi-Frame Bridges”, Journal of Earthquake Engineering (in-press)
    3. Shoushtari, E., M.S. Saiidi, A. Itani, A. Moustafa, “Design, Construction, and Shake Table Testing of a Steel Girder Bridge System with ABC Connections”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering (in-press)
    4. Shoushtari, E., M.S. Saiidi, A. Itani, A. Moustafa, “Pretest Analysis of Shake Table Response Of A Two-Span Steel Girder Bridge Incorporating ABC Connections”, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering (in-press)
    5. Ngeljaratan, L., A. Moustafa, (2019). “System Identification of Large-Scale Bridge Models using Target-Tracking Digital Image Correlation”, Frontiers of the Built Environment, 5:85.
    6. Dhakal, S., A. Moustafa, (2019). “MC‐BAM: Moment‐Curvature Analysis for Beams with Advanced Materials”, SoftwareX, Volume 9, pp. 175-182.
    7. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa, (2019). “Probabilistic Seismic Assessment of As-built and Retrofitted Old and Newly Designed Skewed Multi-Frame Bridges”, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 119, pp. 170-186.
    8. Abbasi, M., and A. Moustafa, (2019). “Time-Dependent Seismic Fragilities of Older and Newly Designed Multi-Frame Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges in California”, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 233-266.
    9. Wen, B., A. Moustafa, and D. Junwua, (2018). “Seismic Response of Potential Transformers and Mitigation Using Innovative Multiple Tuned Mass Dampers” Engineering Structures, 174, pp. 67-80.
    10. Al-Anany, Y.M., A. Moustafa, and M.J. Tait, (2018). “Modeling and Evaluation of a Seismically Isolated Bridge Using Unbonded Fiber Reinforced Elastomeric Isolators,” Earthquake Spectra, 34 (1), pp. 145-168.
    11. Abbasi, M. and A. Moustafa, (2017). “Effect of Shear Keys on Seismic Response of Irregular Bridge Configurations” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board , Vol. 2642, pp. 155-165.
    12. Moustafa, M.A. and K.M. Mosalam, (2017). “Revised Design Methodology for Integral Bent Caps in Reinforced Concrete Bridges,” Int. Journal of Bridge Engineering, Special Issue 2017: pp. 125-149.
    13. Moustafa, M.A. and K.M. Mosalam, (2016). “Substructured Dynamic Testing of High Voltage Electrical Substation Disconnect Switches,” Earthquake Spectra, Feb 2016. Vol. 32, No. 1, pp.567-589.
    14. Moustafa, M.A. and K.M. Mosalam, (2016). “Structural Performance of Electrical Substations Porcelain and Polymer Post Insulators,”Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol 30(5).
    15. Moustafa, M.A. and K.M. Mosalam, (2015). “Seismic Response of Bent Caps in As-built and Retrofitted Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges,” Engineering Structures, Vol. 98, pp. 59-73.

    Conference papers (mostly peer-reviewed)

    1. Alian, M., M.A. Moustafa, D. Sander (2019), “Fragility Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns under Short and Long Duration Ground Motions”, 5. International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology ( 5ICEES ), 8-11 October 2019, Ankara, Turkey
    2. Ngeljaratan, L., A. Moustafa, (2019). “Advances in system identification and seismic response monitoring of bridge structures using target-tracking digital image correlation”, 12th Int. Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM 2019), Sep 10-12, Stanford, CA
    3. Ngeljaratan, L., A. Moustafa, (2019). “System Identification of Two Large-Scale Bridges Before and After Seismic Testing Using Target-Tracking Digital Image Correlation”, 9th Int. Conference on Structural Health monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Aug 4-7, 2019, St. Louis, MI
    4. Naeimi, N., A. Moustafa, (2019). “Pushover Analysis and Seismic Response of UHPC Two-Column Bridge Bent”, 2nd Int. Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete, June 2-4, 2019, Albany, NY
    5. Naeimi, N., A. Moustafa, (2019). “Uniaxial compression behavior of confined UHPC cylinders by steel spirals”, 2nd Int. Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete, June 2-4, 2019, Albany, NY
    6. Aboukifa, M., A. Moustafa, A. Itani, (2019). “Behavior of UHPC Columns Subjected to Combined Axial and Lateral Loading”, 2nd Int. Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Concrete, June 2-4, 2019, Albany, NY
    7. Sanders, D., M.S. Mohammed, M. Alian, M.A. Moustafa, (2018), “Design Implications for Earthquake Duration On Concrete Bridge Columns”, 17th U.S.-Japan-New Zealand Workshop on the Improvement of Structural Engineering and Resilience, Nov 12-14, 2018, Queenstown, New Zealand
    8. Dilsiz, A., M.S. Mohammed, A.R. Ozuygur, A. Moustafa, (2018), “Evaluation of Wall Dampers Effectiveness on the Seismic Performance of Buildings”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles
    9. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa, (2018), “Time History Analysis of Different Bridge Configurations using Rayleigh and Modal Damping”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    10. Ngeljaratan, L., A. Moustafa, (2018), “Novel Digital Image Correlation Instrumentation for Large-Scale Shake Table Tests”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    11. Hammad, A., A. Moustafa, (2018), “Modeling Sensitivity and Fragility Analysis of Concentrically Braced Steel frames”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    12. Shoushtari, E., M.S. Saiidi, A. Itani, A. Moustafa, (2017), “Pretest Analysis of a Shake Table Test of a Two-Span Steel Girder Bridge Incorporating ABC Connections”, Proceedings of 2017 National ABC Conference, December 2-4, 2017, Miami, FL
    13. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa, (2017), “Seismic Response of Single-Frame and Multi-Frame Skewed Reinforced Concrete Bridges with and without Shear Keys”, Second International Bridge Seismic Workshop (II IBSW), Nov. 17-19, 2017 in Shanghai, China
    14. Naeimi, N., A. Moustafa, (2017). “Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of UHPC Using Total Strain Crack Models”, AFGC-ACI-fib-RILEM Int. Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete, UHPFRC 2017, October 2-4, 2017, Montpellier, France
    15. Moustafa, M.A., D. Joe, K.L. Ryan, (2017). “Seismic Design and Performance of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Bridge Bents”, AFGC-ACI-fib-RILEM Int. Symposium on Ultra-High Performance Fibre-Reinforced Concrete, UHPFRC 2017, October 2-4, 2017, Montpellier, France
    16. Ngeljaratan, L., A. Moustafa, (2017). “Digital Image Correlation for Dynamic Shake Table Test Measurements”, 7th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering (7AESE), September 6-8, Pavia, Italy
    17. Moustafa, M.A., P. Irwin, (2017). “Vision for Hybrid Simulation Testing of Buildings under Wind Loading”, 7th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering (7AESE), September 6-8, Pavia, Italy
    18. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa. (2017). “Seismic fragility curves for system and individual components of multi-frame concrete box-girder bridges,” Transportation Research Board annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 8-12 January, 2017.
    19. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa. (2017). “Effect of shear keys on seismic response of different irregular bridge configurations,” Transportation Research Board annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 8-12 January, 2017.
    20. Hammad, A., A. Moustafa. (2017). “Seismic Performance of Buildings Steel Frames Under Long Duration Ground Motions,” Proceedings of 16WCEE, Santiago, Chile, 9-13 January, 2017.
    21. Moustafa, M.A., K.M. Mosalam. (2017). “Online P-Delta Correction for Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Hybrid Simulation Testing,” Proceedings of 16WCEE, Santiago, Chile, 9-13 January, 2017.
    22. Al-Anany, Y., M.J. Tait, A. Moustafa, M. Torrie. (2017). “A Study on the Response of Fiber Reinforced Elastomeric Isolators under Combined Loading,” Proceedings of 16WCEE, Santiago, Chile, 9-13 January, 2017.
    23. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa. (2016). “Viscous Damping Modeling Characteristics Effects on Seismic Response of Bridges,” Istanbul Bridge Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-10 August, 2016.
    24. Abbasi, M., A. Moustafa. (2016). “The effect of In-span Hinges on the Seismic Behavior of Multiple-Frame Reinforced Concrete Box Girder Bridges,” Istanbul Bridge Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-10 August, 2016.
    25. Joe, C.D. and A. Moustafa, (2016) “Cost and Ecological Feasibility of Using UHPC in Bridge Piers,” First International Interactive Symposium on UHPC, Des Moines, IA, USA, July 18-20, 2016.
    26. Moustafa, M.A.and K.M. Mosalam, (2016) “Effective Width of Integral Bent Caps in Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges,” ASCE Structures Congress, Phoenix, AZ, USA, February 14-17, 2016.
    27. Moustafa, M.A., K.M. Mosalam (2016). “Effect of CFRP Column Strengthening on Bridge Superstructures,” Transportation Research Board 95th annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 10-14 January, 2016.
    28. Moustafa, M.A.and K.M. Mosalam, (2015). “Development of a Hybrid Simulation System for Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Large-Scale Testing,” 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA, August 1-2, 2015.
    29. Takhirov, S., K.M. Mosalam, A. Moustafa, L. Myagkova and B. Quigley, (2015). “Laser Scanning, Modeling, and Analysis for Damage Assessment and Restoration of Historical Structures,” COMPDYN 2015, Crete Island, Greece, 25–27 May 2015.
    30. Mosalam, K.M., A. Moustafa, M.S. Günay, S. Takhirov (2012). "Experimental Investigation of the Seismic Performance of Substation Porcelain Insulator Posts in High Voltage Disconnect Switches," Proceedings of the 15thWorld Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE), Lisbon, Portugal, 24-28 Sept. 2012.
    31. Moustafa, M.A.and K.M. Mosalam, (2012). "Finite Element Modeling and Simulation of Substation Porcelain Insulator Posts Subjected to Earthquake Loading," Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (15WCEE), Lisbon, Portugal, 24-28 Sept. 2012.
    32. Günay, M.S., A. Moustafa, K.M. Mosalam, (2012). "Real Time Hybrid Simulation of Electrical Insulator Posts Using a Smart Shaking Table and Comparison with Full Dynamic Testing," Proceedings of the 3rd International Structural Specialty Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 6-9, 2012.

    Selected conference presentations

    • Alian, S.M., M.A. Moustafa, Sanders, D. “Accounting for earthquake duration for performance-assessment and design of bridge columns”, PEER annual meeting, Jan 17-18, 2019, Los Angeles, CA
    • Hammad, A., E.E. Bas, M.A. Moustafa, “Shake table and hybrid simulation testing of braced steel frames under long duration earthquakes”, Eighth Kwang-Hua Forum, Tongji University, Dec 14-16, 2018, Shanghai, China.
    • Ngeljaratan, L., M.A. Moustafa, “System Identification and Seismic Response Monitoring of Large-Scale Bridge Models Using Target-Tracking Digital Image Correlation”, EMI International Conference 2018, Nov 2-4, 2018, Shanghai, China
    • Naeimi, N., M. Aboukifa, M.A. Moustafa, “Finite Element Modeling of Seismic Behavior of Ultra‐High Performance Concrete Bridge Columns”, ACI Convention, Oct 14, 2018, Las Vegas, NV
    • Moustafa, M.A., D. Sanders, G. Deierlein, “UNR‐Stanford: Accounting for Earthquakes Duration in Performance‐Based Evaluation and Design of Bridges”, PEER Researchers Workshop, August 7-8, 2018, Berkeley, CA
    • Dilsiz, A., M.S. Mohammed, A.R. Ozuygur, M.A. Moustafa, “Evaluation of Wall Dampers Effectiveness on the Seismic Performance of Buildings”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    • Ngeljaratan, L., M.A. Moustafa, “Novel Digital Image Correlation Instrumentation for Large-Scale Shake Table Tests”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    • Hammad, A., M.A. Moustafa, “Modeling Sensitivity and Fragility Analysis of Concentrically Braced Steel frames”, 11th NCEE, June 25-29, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    • Ghaffary, A., M.A. Moustafa, “Numerical Substructures Limitations for Future Real-Time Hybrid Simulation under wind loading”, EMI Conference, MIT, May 29-June 1, 2018, Cambridge, MA.
    • Moustafa, M.A., N. Naeimi, M. Aboukifa, “Finite Element Modeling and Analysis of UHPC Seismic Bridge Columns with High Strength Steel”, Structures Congress, April 19-21, 2018, Fort Worth, TX
    • Moustafa, M.A. “Real-time Hybrid Simulation Extension to Wind Loading”, A Multi-Hazard Engineering Collaboratory on Hybrid Simulation: Breaking Barriers and Building Capacity workshop, Dec 12-13, 2017, San Diego, CA.
    • Moustafa, M.A., "Seismic Design and Performance of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Structural Elements”, 1st Annual NHERI-NIED/E-Defense Collaborative Meeting, Oct 31-Nov 1, 2107, Tokyo, Japan.
    • Moustafa, M.A., Abbasi, M. “A Probabilistic Approach to Evaluate the Effect of Viscous Damping Modeling Characteristics of Concrete Bridges on the Seismic Demands”, Performance-based design of bridges special session, ACI Convention, Oct 15, 2017, Anaheim, CA
    • Moustafa, M.A., P. Irwin, “Vision for Hybrid Simulation Testing of Buildings under Wind Loading”, 7th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering (7AESE), September 6-8, 2017, Pavia, Italy
    • Moustafa, M.A., “Larger application of UHPC in Bridge Bents”, Caltrans, May 11, 2017, Sacramento, CA
    • Moustafa, M.A., Joe, C.D., “Seismic Design and Performance of UHPC Bridge Bents”, UHPC-Innovations for Broad Application special session, ACI Convention, March 29, 2017, Detroit, MI
    • Moustafa, M.A. and K.M. Mosalam, “Structural Response of Bent Caps in Reinforced Concrete Box-Girder Bridges”, Western Bridge Engineers Seminar, Sep. 9-11, 2015, Reno, NV
    • Moustafa M.A., “Shaking Table Tests of Electrical Equipment: Past, Present and Future”, RTHS of Interconnected Equipment as a new Approach for Product and Standard Development, UC Berkeley, Richmond Field Station, nees@berkeley Equipment Site, October 28, 2014.

    Courses taught

    • CEE 381: Structural Analysis (Fa16, Sp17, Sp18, Sp19)
    • CEE 480: Design of Concrete Structures (F19)
    • CEE 487/687: Structural Concrete Design II (Sp19, Sp20)
    • CEE 723: Dynamics of Structures (Sp16, Fa17)
    • CEE 730: Advanced Reinforced Concrete (Fa17, Sp20)

    Group members

    Current group members

    1. Luna Ngeljaratan, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Digital image correlation for structural health and dynamic response monitoring and system identification
    2. Negar Naeimi, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Numerical and experimental behavior of confined Ultra-high performance concrete
    3. Mahmoud Aboukifa, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: UHPC applications for new column designs (Co-advisors: Prof. Itani and Prof. Saiidi)
    4. Mohamed Abokifa, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Alternative ABC connections using advanced construction materials (Co-advisor: Prof. Itani)
    5. Ecem Bas, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: New computational methods and applications for real-time hybrid simulation
    6. Azin Ghaffary, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Hybrid simulation foundational work for performance-based assessment of tall buildings under extreme wind loading
    7. S. Mojtaba Alian, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Seismic design and detailing of bridge columns to account for long duration earthquakes (Co-advisor: Prof. Sanders, ISU)
    8. Taylor Schwartz, M.S. student, Thesis topic: Out-of-plane seismic response of emulative CIP pocket connections (Main advisor: Prof. Saiidi)
    9. Christian Camarena, M.S. student, Thesis topic: Column and Footing Pocket Connections for Cast in Place and Precast Construction (Main advisor: Prof. Saiidi)

    Previous group members

    1. Dr. Abdullah Dilsiz (visiting scholar), research topic: Protective systems for tall buildings and multi-hazard engineering
    2. Dr. Bai Wen (visiting Ph.D. student), research topic: Seismic performance and fragilities of electrical substation equipment
    3. Dr. Mohammad Abbasi, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of As-Built and Retrofitted Multi-Frame Box-Girder Bridges
    4. Dr. Ali Hammad, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Seismic Behavior of Special Concentric Braced Frames under Long Duration Ground Motions
    5. Dr. Elmira Shoushtari, Ph.D. student, Dissertation topic: Shake table studies of a two-span steel girder bridge system with ABC connections (Main advisor: Prof. Saiidi, Co-advisor: Prof. Itani)
    6. Christopher Joe, M.S. student, Thesis topic: Cost and Ecological Feasibility of Using Ultra-High Performance Concrete in Highway Bridge Piers
    7. Suresh Dakhal, M.S. student, Thesis topic: Cross-Section Analysis of Beams with Advanced Materials: Computational Implementation
    8. Deependra Subedi, M.S. student, Thesis topic: Non-Proprietary UHPC for Anchorage of Large Diameter Column Bars in Grouted Ducts (Co-advisor: Prof. Saiidi)