Arash E. Zaghi

Associate Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


  • Research Scientist, University of Nevada, Reno, 2009-2011
  • Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 2007-2009
  • Ph.D.  student, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran,2005-2006
  • M.Sc. with Honors in Earthquake Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2002-2004
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1998-2002

Research Focus

  • Application of novel materials and systems for multi-hazard mitigation
  • Design of bridges for extreme events such as earthquakes, blasts, and truck fires
  • Innovative repair techniques for aging bridges
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)
  • System-level, large-scale structural experiments
  • Seismic design of structural/nonstructural components


  • Nominated for National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (US FOE), 2016
  • Featured by the Prism Magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2015
  • Educator of the Year, Finalist, Connecticut Construction Industry Association, 2014
  • C. R. Klewin, Inc. Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
  • Honorary Faculty Member of the National Civil Engineering Honor Society (Chi Epsilon), 2014
  • C. R. Klewin, Inc. Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013
  • D.E. Crow Innovation Prize for Creative Ideas and Entrepreneurship, 2013
  • Best Venture Business Model, Connecticut Collegiate Business Model Competition, 2012
  • Outstanding Reviewer of Bridge Engineering Journal, ASCE, 2011
  • Honored Ph.D Graduate, University of Nevada, 2009
  • Merit based award from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, 2002


Zaghi, A. E., Padgett, J. E.; Bruneau, B., Barbato, B., Li, Y., Mitrani-Reiser, J., McBride, A. (2016) “Forum Paper: Establishing Common Nomenclature, Characterizing the Problem, and Identifying Future Opportunities in Multi-Hazard Design” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE (Final Proof Submitted)

Asgarian, B., Dadras Eslamlou, S., Zaghi, A. E., Mehr, M. (2016) “Progressive Collapse Analysis of Power Transmission Towers”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Volume 123, August 2016, Pages 31–40. doi:10.1016/j.jcsr.2016.04.021

Soroushian, S., Maragakis, E. “M.”, Zaghi, A.E., Rahmanishamsi, E., Itani, A.M., Pekcan, G. (2016) “Response of a 2-Story Test-Bed Structure for the Seismic Evaluation of Nonstructural Systems” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 15 (1) ,pp.19.  DOI: 10.1007/s11803-016-0302-8

Mehr, M., and Zaghi, A. E. (2016) “Seismic Response of Multi-Frame Bridges” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 14.4, 1219-1243. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-9882-y

Zaghi, A., Soroushian, S., Echevarria Heiser, A., Maragakis, M., and Bagtzoglou, A. (2016) “Development and Validation of a Numerical Model for Suspended-Ceiling Systems with Acoustic Tiles” Journal of Architectural Engineering10.1061/(ASCE)AE.1943-5568.0000213, 04016008.

Zmetra, K., Mehr, M., Zaghi, A. E., (2016) “Performance of Pipe Extender/Shear Key at In-span Hinges of Multiframe Bridges” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2592. DOI: 10.3141/2592-15

Echevarria, A., Zaghi, A. E., Chiarito, V., Christenson, R., Woodson, S. (2015) “Experimental Comparison of the Performance and Residual Capacity of CFFT and RC Bridge Columns Subjected to Blasts,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, Published Online 15 May 2015. 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000762

Echevarria, A., Zaghi, A. E., Christenson, R., Plank, R. (2015). Residual Axial Capacity Comparison of CFFT and RC Bridge Columns after Fire. Polymers, 7(5), 876-895. DOI: 10.3390/polym7050876.

Soroushian, S., Zaghi, A. E., Maragakis, M., Echevarria, A., Tian, Y., & Filiatrault, A. (2015) Analytical Seismic Fragility Analyses of Fire Sprinkler Piping Systems with Threaded Joints” Earthquake Spectra, 31(2), 1125-1155.,

Echevarria, A., Zaghi, A., Christenson, R., and Accorsi, M. (2015) “CFFT Bridge Columns for Multihazard Resilience.” Journal of Structural Engineering, C4015002.

Arash Zaghi
Contact Information
Mailing Address261 Glenbrook Road Unit 3037, Storrs, CT 06269-3037
Office LocationCastleman Engineering Building