The University of Oklahoma
Dr. Yazdani is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of the Sustainable Infrastructure, Geotechnics, and Materials (SIGMa) Research Lab at Howard University.
Dr. Yazdani specializes in geotechnical engineering, experimental and computational materials science (particularly polymer nanocomposites), reliability analysis, machine learning, and optimization. His multidisciplinary research centers on fostering sustainability and resilience in civil and marine infrastructure through addressing the geotechnical aspects of renewable energy systems, designing high-performance and multifunctional materials (e.g. for self-monitoring structures), incorporating risk assessment, sustainability, and optimization into the design of geotechnical and structural systems, and estimating the performance of engineering systems using machine learning techniques.
Dr. Yazdani has (co)authored over 50 publications in books, journals, conference proceedings, and reports and has received several competitive international and national awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the DURIP Award from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the 2013 DFI Best Student Paper Award in Phoenix, AZ and an ASTM International Project Grant in 2013.
Dr. Yazdani currently serves as the advisor to the ASCE HU Student Chapter and is the recipient of "The 2022 Faculty of the Year," "The 2022 Advisor of the Year," “The 2019 Faculty of the Year,” “The 2017 Best Mentor,” and “The 2017 Best Teacher” awards of the Chapter.
At Howard, Dr. Yazdani has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Foundations, Engineering Economics, Undergraduate Research, Civil Engineering Software and Design, Senior Design, Advanced Geotechnical Engineering, SEMINAR - FE/EIT Preparation Review (Geotechnical), Research Methods, Interdisciplinary Advanced Research I and II, and Special Topics Geotech. I and II. At other institutions, Dr. Yazdani has taught Statics, Mechanics of Materials, Design of Steel Structures, and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures.
Dr. Yazdani has a strong record of accomplishments in working and publishing with undergraduate, underrepresented, and female students from different disciplines and preparing civil engineering undergraduate and graduate students to proactively contribute to solving the 21st century’s grand engineering challenges. His Undergraduate Research course has so far led to the publication/presentation of journal papers/posters from several undergraduate students.
Dr. Yazdani is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Deep Foundations Institute (DFI - Honorary Member), and North American Geosynthetics Society. He is a frequent reviewer of multiple prestigious journals, including Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Carbon, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Computers and Geotechnics, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, and Applied Mathematical Modelling, among many others.