Afshin Zahraee is currently an assistant professor at Purdue University Northwest and finished his PhD in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology this past summer. He received his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Afshin’s research is in the areas of fatigue, material life prediction, and structural condition assessment and health monitoring. He served as the President for Chi-Epsilon civil engineering honor society (IIT Chapter) and is an associate member of ASCE, ASME, and ASEE.
Afshin has 7 years of teaching experience as a visiting faculty, an adjunct faculty, and as a Teaching assistant. He has taught a wide variety of classes including Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Hydraulics, Soils and Foundations, Structural Analysis I and II, and Reinforced Concrete Design. He has won IIT’s ASCE Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Afshin also had experience in industry working with the “Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat” where he worked on funded projects to compare different structural systems performance when made of steel vs. concrete. He also worked as an intern at Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for two summers. Part of his work at IDOT involved collection and analysis of aggregates from different queries and sending reports to headquarters in Springfield, Illinois.
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