Monthly Spotlight - April/May 2018

International Student of the Month: Dr. Alireza Mohebbi, PhD. Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Mohebbi Headshot

Office of International Student and Scholar is thrilled to announce that Dr. Mohebbi, a former Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), has recently been offered an internationally competitive award from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine through National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Program (RAP) (

The host federal agency of his award is the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center at the Federal Highway Administration (TFHRC/FHWA) in McLean, Virginia. NRC Research Associateships are awarded to highly qualified scientists and engineers at the doctoral level with outstanding ability as a result of national and international competition. Each year, the NRC Research Associateship Programs makes approximately 300 new awards from as many as 1,000 applicants, and Dr. Mohebbi was selected as one of the most qualified applicants in the field of bridge engineering.

Dr. Mohebbi is originally from Iran. He joined UNR in August 2011 and he graduated in August 2017. He received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering with emphasis in Bridge Engineering from UNR. His cutting-edge research projects are published in top tier journals in his field ( His research focuses on accelerated bridge construction (ABC).

As an NRC Research Associate, he will be conducting research on introducing new structural applications and design guidelines for a novel material called Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) in bridge engineering technology to develop resilient bridges and infrastructures. His main goal is to find new construction techniques by using innovative methods and novel materials in a safe environment that not only can expedite bridge construction but also can improve structural performance and service life of bridges, therefore better serving the travelling public.

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