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Saeed Babanajad

Associate III

 
Experience

Saeed Babanajad joined WJE in January 2019. From 2016 through 2018, Dr. Babanajad was a project lead and research associate with Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) in Piscataway, New Jersey, where he led a staff of twenty delivering multiple projects under the Long-term Bridge Performance Program, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Prior to his work at Rutgers, starting in 2012, Dr. Babanajad was a research assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he conducted multiple projects in the areas of structural health monitoring, advanced structural analysis, condition assessment, nondestructive evaluation (NDE), and field testing. His work particularly included the development of an integrated fiber-optic structural health monitoring system for large-scale structures.

Dr. Babanajad also served as a project engineer at the Construction Materials Institute in Tehran, Iran, before his work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During his five years there, he completed projects on (1) durability assessment of high performance concrete, (2) triaxial behavior of ultra-high-performance concrete, (3) performance assessment of different pozzolans (Silica Fume, Slag), (4) shear capacity evaluation of RC beams strengthened by FRP laminates, (5) design of self-consolidating concrete for mass concrete, and (6) simulated high-performance fiber reinforced concrete under impact loadings using LS-DYNA software.

As an engineering intern at ALASTI-PLAN Ing. Büro für Bauwesen, Germany, Dr. Babanajad performed structural analysis and modeling, field inspection, and NDE of three historical bridges.

Dr. Babanajad’s construction experience at the POLODEJ Construction Company, Tabriz, Iran, included performing engineering calculations, conducting basic analysis, and assisting the field manager in leading inspecting crews.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Bridge Engineering

  • Development of data-driven performance assessment and life cycle analysis of 614,000 bridges nationwide
  • Study of 1,200 bridges’ as-built plans to develop a comprehensive legacy data mining platform for untreated bridge decks, joints, and bearings
  • Development of data-collection protocols for short- and long-term instrumentation, legacy data mining, and automated NDE data collection
  • Analysis and QA/QC of NDE data collected from RABITTM robot from thirty-five bridges nationwide (ongoing)**
  • Quantifying of long-term bridge performance through full-scale, accelerated testing at CAIT’s Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing (BEAST) facility (ongoing)**
  • Improvement of infrastructure assessment through the integration of NDE and structural health monitoring paradigms (ongoing)**
  • Development of an integrated fiber-optic structural health monitoring system for Manhattan Bridge
  • Development of a quantitative reference-free damage detection method using dynamic distributed Brillouin Optical Time Domain Analysis (BOTDA) technique
  • Evaluation of the effects of cable loss on the deck response of lab-scaled “Dongshuimen - Chongqing, China” cable-stayed bridge under different loading configurations
  • Development of a copy-righted system of an automated structural health monitoring system to weigh trucks moving at full highway speed, so-called Bridge Weigh in Motion (BWIM) system. Carried out on three bridges nationwide (2 in IL, 1 in CA); monitoring of the condition of the bridges via real-time measurements of strain, temperature, vehicle class, and axle weights using fiber optic sensors

*Project work listed above performed prior to working with WJE

**Ongoing WJE project but started prior to working with WJE

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)

Education

University of Tehran, Iran
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2009
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2011

University of Illinois at Chicago
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2015