Students XXXVI cycle

List of the PhD candidates for the XXXVI cycle, enrolled in the fourth year of the PhD Programme



Research project: Development of a surface cloak/wave guide for seismic waves

Since May 2020, Marie Curie research fellow-ITN INSPIRE project (, based at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).

2014-2019, School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where he graduated in July 2019 (5-year Diploma) with a  thesis in the field of Computational Mechanics, including Boundary and Finite Element Techniques for the local Buckling Analysis of Beams, under the supervision of Prof. Evangelos Sapountzakis. During his undergraduate studies, he co-authored and presented two papers at national and international conferences. He has also interned with G. Papamichail Mitakidi & Partners Architectural Design Office, based on Psychico, Athens.

His research interests are in Structural and Soil Dynamics, as well as Wave propagation combined with Meta-materials and Mathematical Models. He believes that Meta-materials are a novel idea that can be implemented in the Soil-Foundation-Structure principles, creating a bulwark for the future structures.



Research project: Design of solutions for marine renewable energy supply and their socio-economic impacts

Currently engaged in a research on the numerical simulation of turbulent fountains for which he has been granted access to CINECA High Performance Computing to carry out the CFD simulations.

July 2020: International Master’s in Civil Engineering with curriculum of Offshore Engineering from Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna achieving a final grade of 110/110 cum laude. Thesis: “CFD Applications for Wave Energy Conversion Devices (MoonWEC) and Turbulent Fountains for Environmental Fluid Mechanics”. The thesis included two independent studies: a study to simulate a new concept of Wave Energy Converter against the action of sea waves and another study to simulate the phenomenon of turbulent fountains. Both simulations were designed in OpenFOAM CFD code to match the conditions of the laboratory experiments for the final comparison. Advisor: Prof. Renata ARCHETTI.

From 2013 to 2017 he gained a professional experience of more than three years in Pakistan in the field of Structural Engineering, Maintenance and Construction Management.  March 2013: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. Received a Certificate of Merit for securing the third position among 209 students. Thesis: "To Study the Characteristic Properties of Ultra-High-Performance Ductile Concrete (UHPdC) and Proposed Applications in Pakistan". The concrete was devised in local context and laboratory tests were carried out to study its properties.

Particular interest in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Blue Growth, Sea Monitoring, Structural Design, Construction Management, Marine Technology and Computational Fluid Dynamics.



Research project: HW/SW Co-design for continuous structural monitoring and anomaly detection

Master Degree in Italy at University of Bologna, again in Electronic Engineering, where my main focus was in  Hardware-Software design of Embedded Systems. This leads me to do my master thesis with the title of ‘Design of a Programmable Digital Interface for An ultra-low-power Smart Image Sensor’ with support of Prof. Luca Benini as my main supervisor. During this work I developed some designs in HDL languages such as VHDL and Verilog. I also tested my designs in a higher level environment using C language via Linux OS. I was able to finalize my master program with the grade of 110/110 cum Laude.

Bachelor degree in Iran in Eectronic Egineering. During my bachelor thesis, I trained myself to work with matlab and C.

Recently, I’m more focused on SHM field which dragged me to learn machine learning and deep learning methods. I did some works in python during these training.



Research project: Innovative techniques for the dynamic monitoring and damage detection of historical structures

October 2020 – now: Teaching Assistant of “Shape Optimization Methods” at Alma Mater Studiorum (University of Bologna)

September 2014 - March 2020: 5 years Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Architecture at Alma Mater Studiorum (University of Bologna), achieving a final grade of 110/100 cum laude.

Master thesis in Structure Dynamics with the title “Motion magnification technique for structures’ vibrations analysis”. Advisor: Prof. Alessandro Marzani. Co-Advisor: Prof. Luca De Marchi.
November 2019 - January 2020: Internship at LISG laboratory of DICAM Department of Alma Mater Studiorum (University of Bologna).

Particular interests: Motion Magnification and other innovative techniques for Structure Dynamics and Damage Detection.



Research project: Transducers and Sensor-near Signal Processing for SHM of Composite Structures

Since November 2020: Marie Curie Actions ITN Ph.D. Fellow in the GW4SHM project ( at the University of Bologna.

January 2018 - August 2020: Research assistant at K.N. Toosi University of Technology

The main activity can be divided into three categories: 1) Wave propagation and frequency analysis of composite materials, especially for nanocomposite cylindrical shells  2) Structural health monitoring and control (buildings, bridges, dams, thermal and wind power plants) through vibration-based approaches  3) Seismic assessment of buildings (machine learning approach, simulation)

January 2017 - August 2019: Teaching Assistant on Random Vibrations, K.N Toosi University of Technology.

October 2014 - September 2017: Master’s Degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering with a GPA of 3.9/4, K.N. Toosi University of Technology. Thesis: “Numerical and experimental assessment of vibration-based damage detection methods.” The thesis contains numerical and experimental parts focusing on the vibration-based SHM techniques, namely FE model updating, time-frequency analysis (Wavelet transform, Hilbert transform), modal strain energy, digital image correlation, optimal sensor placement, etc. The experimental tests were carried out using both commercial and low-cost MEMS accelerometers. Seismic damage detection was also investigated using a novel methodology.

October 2010 - September 2014: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University. The application of MATLAB in civil engineering practices was investigated.



Research project: Deploying Adaptive and Interoperable IoT-based Platforms for Structural Health Monitoring

B.S. Degree in Computer Science and an M.S. Degree in Information Engineering from the Federal University of ABC, Brazil. His Master’s thesis encompasses areas such as the Internet of Things and Fog Computing.

His previous work was in the design, development, and operation of software and communication components belonging to an IoT Platform for Smart Irrigation in a Horizon 2020 research project between the EU and Brazil.



Research project: Models development of new cells protection for electrostatic discharges integrated in Smart Power technology

March - October 2020: Research fellow at ARCES - Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems “Ercole De Castro”, University of Bologna.

March 2020: Master Degree in Electronics Engineering – curriculum  Electronic technologies for Big Data and Internet of things (cum laude), from the University of Bologna. Thesis Title: “TCAD Analysis of High-Voltage ESD protection cells in Smart Power technology under very fast transients” . Supervisor: Prof. Susanna Reggiani.

March 2019 – December 2019: Intern at Texas Instruments Analog ESD Labs, Dallas (TX)

Her research interests focus on modeling  and numerical simulations of ESD protection devices. Technical skills include TCAD simulation of physical devices and electronic circuit design.