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Dr. Saber Moradi

Saber Moradi
Associate Professor
BSc, MSc, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 557905

Areas of Academic Interest

Structural and earthquake engineering

Analysis, design, and performance-based assessment of structures

Damage mitigation of buildings and bridges under natural hazards and extreme loading

Innovative systems and materials for sustainable and resilient infrastructure

Steel structures

Multi-criteria optimization and design of experiments

Finite element simulation and computational modeling


Year University Degree
2016 University of British Columbia PhD
2010 K.N. Toosi University of Technology MSc
2007 Razi University BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
CVL 500 Introduction to Structural Design
CVL 320 Strength of Materials I
CV8309 Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design


Consider two things that don’t mix very well: earthquakes and cities. With 80% of the world’s population on track to live in urban centres by 2030, it is a priority to design buildings with a high degree of seismic resilience. Saber Moradi is contributing to this effort through computer simulations that evaluate the performance and design of structures like buildings.

“After an earthquake, a conventional building has to be evacuated for major repairs and may have to be demolished,” he says. “We are researching structures with new systems or materials that can resist earthquake loading and revert back to their original position without any major damage. There won’t even be a need to evacuate.”

Using software such as OpenSees and ANSYS, Moradi and his team create experimentally validated computer models for different components—such as beams, columns and bolts—to visualize and predict the response of structures. “We can see, when a load is applied, what’s happening to the structure and which design results in improved or optimized structural performance,” he says. “This will allow us to build safe structures and infrastructure that are resistant to natural hazards like earthquakes.”

Saber Moradi

“When I was in Grade 11, I experienced an earthquake for the first time. At that moment, I began to think about designing buildings that keep people safe.”

  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)
  • Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE)
  • Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)
  • Associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • CSCE Student Affairs committee member
  • Reviewer for: Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Structures Journal, Engineering Structures Journal, Earthquakes and Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, and Measurement.