Mehrshad Amini

  • Assistant Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering / Ocean Engineering
  • Phone: 401.874.6625
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  • Office Location: Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering, Rm 216
    Sheets Building (Narragansett Bay Campus), Rm 214
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  • Accepting Students: Yes


Mehrshad Amini joined the University of Rhode Island in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Ocean Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 2021.

Before joining URI, Dr. Amini was a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University and has worked collaboratively with scholars at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Risk-based Community Resilience Planning. His research experience and interests lie in structural engineering, fluid-structure interaction modeling, multi-hazard analysis, risk assessment, and resilience modeling. He has been engaged in different research projects, including developing computational frameworks to better understand the impact of multi-hazard events on residential/commercial buildings, life safety risks, and economic resilience metrics in terms of direct and indirect economic losses for coastal communities. The outcome of his research results in effective mitigation strategies, safer design for structures, and ultimately, enhancement of the community’s resilience to natural hazards.


  • Multi-hazard analysis
  • Risk and resilience assessment
  • Coastal fluid-structure interactions
  • Performance-based design
  • Reliability analysis


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2021
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, 2015
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tabriz University, 2012

Selected Publications

Amini, M., Appleton Figueira, S., Cox, D. T., and Barbosa, A. R. (2023). « Model-Data Validation and Uncertainty Quantification of the IN-CORE and HAZUS-MH Damage Models for Buildings Impacted by Hurricane Ian (2022) at Fort Myers Beach, Florida.” In ASCE Inspire 2023 (pp. 777-784).

Amini, M., Jeon, H., Sanderson, D.R., Cox, D.T., and Barbosa A.R., Cutler, H. (2023). “Integrated Engineering–Economic Analysis for Multihazard Damage and Loss Assessment.” J. Infrastruct. Syst.

Amini, M, and Memari, A.M. (2023). “CFD Evaluation of Regular and Irregular Breaking Waves on Elevated Coastal Buildings.” Int. J. Civ. Eng.

Amini, M., Sanderson, D.R., Cox, D.T., and Barbosa A.R. (2023). “Methodology to incorporate seismic damage and debris to evaluate strategies to reduce life safety risk for multi-hazard earthquake and tsunami.” Nat Hazards.

Sanderson, D.R., Cox, D.T., Amini, M., and Barbosa, A.R. (2022). “Coupled urban change and natural hazard consequence model for community resilience planning.” Earth’s Future, Wiley.

Amini, M., and Memari, A.M. (2021). “CFD-Based Elevation of Elevated Coastal Residential Buildings Under Hurricane Wind Loads.” J. Archit. Eng. 27(3):04021014.

Amini, M., and Memari, A.M. (2021). “Comparative Review and Assessment of Various Flood Retrofit Methods for Low-Rise Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas.” Nat. Hazards Rev. 22(3): 04021009.

Amini, M., and Memari, A.M. (2020). “Review of Literature on Performance of Coastal Residential Buildings under Hurricane Conditions and Lessons Learned.” J. Perform. Constr. Facil. 34(6): 04020102.

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