UNR Work Force Development & Educational Activities

The following is a summary of the activities related to the ABC workforce development and education at ABC-UTC-Seismic at UNR.  Only activities that are fully or partially funded by USDOT through ABC-UTC are listed.  The labels preceding each item are to reference the activities to those at other partners of ABC-UTC.  

WD-2- Research Assistants

Alireza Mohebbi, PhD Candidate
Mehrdad Mehraein, PhD Candidate
Elmira Shoushtari, PhD Candidate

Research Associate: 

Dr. Mostafa Tazarv, Assistant Professor, S. Dakota State University (formerly post-doc, UNR)

 

WD-3- Upgrading Course Contents with ABC Modules

UNR has developed two course modules, one on general aspects of recent research on ABC-seismic and the other on seismic design of precast cap beam pocket connections.
Click to see the UNR course modules

 

WD-5- Mentoring Program

UNR has identified leading ABC seismic design bridge engineers to include in the list of mentors provided on the ABC-UTC FIU site. Please click here for list of mentors.

UNR research assistants who are being mentored:

A. Mehrsoroush
A. Mohebbi
J. Jones
E. Soushtari
J. Royero
S. Varela
G. Shreshta
B. Abdollahi
M. Mehraein

WD-6- Presentations by Post-Docs, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students
(Only the presentations by the research assistants listed under WD-2 are listed)

Mohebbi, A., M. Saiid Saiidi, A. Itani, M. Tazarv, Development and Seismic Evaluation of Pier Systems w/Pocket Connections and Hollow PT/UHPC Columns” Poster Presentation, National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, Miami, Florida, December 2014.

Tazarv, M., M. Saiid Saiidi, A. Itani, M. Mehraein,” Behavior and Design of Precast Bridge Cap Beams with Pocket Connections”,  Poster Presentation, National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, Miami, Florida, December 2014.

Mehraein, M., and M. Saiidi, "Accelerated Bridge Construction of Column to Pile-Shaft Connections in Moderate and High Seismic Zones," Structures Congress 2015, Portland, Oregon, April 2015.

Colton Schaefer, Mostafa Tazarv, M. Saiid Saiidi, “Evaluation of Seismic Performance of Bridge Columns with Couplers,” Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium, Reno, Nevada, April 2015.

Varela, S. and M. Saiidi, “Innovative ABC columns with copper-based SMA and ECC for seismically active regions,” Session on Advancing Seismic Research for ABC I, National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, Miami, Florida, December 2015.

Mohebbi, A., M. Saiidi, and A. Itani, “Seismic Evaluation of a Precast PT/UHPC Bridge Column with Pocket Connection and Precast Footing”, Proceedings, National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, Miami, Florida, December 2015.

Mohebbi, A., M. Saiidi, and A. Itani, “Seismic Evaluation of a Precast PT/UHPC Bridge Column with Pocket Connection and Precast Footing”, Proceedings, National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference, Miami, Florida, December 2015.

Mohebbi, A. and M. Saiidi, “Development and Seismic Evaluation of Pier Systems w/Pocket Connections and PT/UHPC Columns” Poster Presentation, Conference, Research Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, July 2017.

Mohebbi, A., M. Saiidi, A. Itani and A. Robb, “Seismic Response of an ABC Two-Column Bent Using Advanced Materials” Poster Presentation, Conference, Research Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, July 2017.

Shoushtari, E., M. Saiidi, A. Itani, and M. Moustafa, “Shake Table Studies of A Two-Span Steel Girder Bridge Incorporating ABC Connections,”  Poster Presentation, Conference, Research Council of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, July 2017.

Shoushtari, E., and M. Saiidi, “Shake Table Studies of A Two-Span Steel Girder Bridge System with ABC Connections,” Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center Webinar, July 2018.

 

WD-8- Undergraduate Research Internship

Wheeler Musnicki
Colton Schaefer, 2014-2015
Alicia Robb, 2016
Christian Camarena

WD-9- Educational Modules for K-12

The schedule of ABC presentations at UNR middle school summer camps:

 

UNR Civil Engineering Summer Camp

Three engineering summer camps are held annually for middle school students over a one-week period as part of the K-12 outreach program at UNR.  A one-hour presentation about bridges, earthquakes, and accelerated bridge construction (ABC) is given at each camp followed by a 30-minuts visit of the Earthquake Engineering Laboratory where shake table testing of ABC components and systems take place.  The program focus on introducing basics of earthquake engineering, bridge engineering, different types of loads, and new methods to expedite bridge construction to middle school students in an interactive environment.  Showing videos of shake table tests and physical demonstrations of scaled models made by 3D printers are the other activities to provide a visual and dynamic learning environment in the class.

Summer Camp Photo Gallery - 2016

Summer Camp Photo Gallery – 2017

Summer Camp Photo Gallery - 2018

UNR Power Point Presentation

 

WD-11- Online e-Zine Go

Fast Bridges
Bridge In A Pocket
ABC: Fiber Diet for Bridges
Visit http://www.go-explore-trans.org/postCategory.cfm?selectedTerm=286l for more articles.

 

WD-12- Travel Scholarship to Students and Post-Docs

Sebastian Varela, PhD Student: Present paper at the National ABC Conferences, Miami, Florida, Dec. 2014, 2015

Mehrdad Mehraein, PhD Student: Present paper at the ASCE Structures Congress, Portland, Oregon, April 2015

Mostafa Tazarv, Post-Doc Fellow: Present paper at the ASCE Structures Congress, Portland, Oregon, April 2015

Mehrsoroush, A., and M. Saiidi, “Seismic Behavior of Pipe Pin Connections for Accelerated Bridge Construction,” ACI Committee 341 session, ABC Connections for Seismic-Resistant Design, ACI Fall Convention, Denver, Colorado, November 2015

Alireza Mohebbi, PhD Student: Present paper at the National ABC Conferences, Miami, Florida, Dec., 2015

Jose Bejumea, PhD, Present paper at the American Concrete Institute Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2018.

 

WD-14- Nomination for ABC-UTC Student and Faculty Awards

Evan Jordan, a UNR MSCE student, was nominated and selected for the ABC-UTC outstanding graduate student award, 2017.

UNR nominates candidates as appropriate

 

WD-15- Develop Scaled ABC Models as Educational Tool

UNR has used a 3-D printer to develop a single-column ABC pier model

Youtube Demonstration of ABC Pier

 

WD-16- Lecture Series

Four former UNR PhD graduates presented the following seminars through ABC-UTC.

Mehrsoroush, A., "Application of Advanced Materials and New Detailing for ABC Column Connections," ABC-UTC at Florida International University, January 2016.

Tazarv, M., "Earthquake-Resistant Precast Pin and Moment Bridge Column Connections," ABC-UTC at Florida International University, January 2016.

Mehraein, M., "Seismic Performance of Bridge Column-Pile-Shaft Pin Connections for Application in Accelerated Bridge Construction," ABC-UTC at Florida International University, October 2016.

Varela, S., "Design for Disassembly: Towards the Resilient and Sustainable ABC of the Future," ABC-UTC at Florida International University, October 2016.


 

 

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