MCEER logo

MCEER Bulletin, Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

skip navigation

Volume 22, Number 1, December 2008

mceer logo

student spotlight logoStudent Spotlight: Saeed Fathali

Saeed on the Brooklyn Bridge

Saeed on the Brooklyn Bridge while vacationing in New York City.

Saeed Fathali recently received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB). His research project, “Analytical and Experimental Study on Seismic Protection of Flexibly Mounted Nonstructural Components,” was completed under the supervision of Andre Filiatrault. He now works at Rutherford Chekene in San Francisco, CA.

Saeed’s project employed analytical and experimental studies to assess and improve current techniques for seismic protection of flexibly mounted nonstructural components. The research resulted in a new solution for protecting flexibly mounted nonstructural components from the impact of earthquakes, which implements displacement-dependent energy dissipation by hysteretic softening (Research Summary).

Saeed said he is lucky to have been involved in four series of experiments at UB’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL). “Working in the lab,” he said “has taught me invaluable lessons about discipline and teamwork with people from diverse backgrounds. Moreover, my research experience has given me the confidence to accept new challenges in my future career.”

A native of Iran, Saeed earned BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Earthquake Engineering degrees from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran before coming to UB in Fall 2004. Being from a country with frequent devastating earthquakes motivated him to find a profession that is about saving lives. He is also fascinated by the idea that “we can resist natural hazards by applying the laws of physics and mathematics, which actually originated from nature.”

While at UB, Saeed served as president of the EERI student chapter, and volunteered for the office of International Student and Scholar Services. In his free time, he enjoys winter skiing and summer biking, both of which allow him to enjoy the beauty of Western New York. He also loves music from around the world.