Nader Ghafoori

Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nader Ghafoori

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  • Ph.D., University of Miami


Nader Ghafoori is a professor of civil engineering (structures) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He holds a BSCE from Texas Tech University, and a MSCE and PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

He has been a faculty member in various institutions in Florida, Washington, Illinois, Tennessee, and Nevada. He served for nearly nine years as Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Tennessee Technological University (2000-2008).

His research interests include durability, strength, and behavior of concrete systems; design and performance of advanced construction materials; rheology and workability of cement-based materials; optimization of chemical admixtures and supplementary cementitious materials in concrete; and use of industrial by-products and recycled aggregates in concrete.

He has secured over $5.0 million to fund his research projects (NSF, US DOE, NASA, various state agencies, and concrete industry), published 132 peer-reviewed articles in journals (50) and conference proceedings (82); and edited four conference proceedings.

He is a member of various technical committees of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Masonry Society (TMS). He also served as a member of the ASCE Civil Engineering Department Heads Executive Council and as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.

Since joining UNLV in 2003, he has received 9 department/college/university awards for his contributions to teaching, research, and service.