About Me

Dr. Mohammad Salehi is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University and works in the Natural Hazard Mitigation Research Group led by Prof. Reginald DesRoches. Before joining Rice University, Dr. Salehi received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Texas A&M University (TAMU), where he worked in the SEM Group, directed by Prof. Petros Sideris. Dr. Salehi also holds an M.S. degree in Earthquake Engineering (2013) and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (2011), both received from Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran. Throughout his university studies, Dr. Salehi has achieved many awards and honors, including:

  • Featured Paper Award (2022) – Engineering Structures Journal, Volume 253
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award (2021) – Smart Materials and Structures Journal, IOP Publishing
  • Excellence Fellowship (2019) – Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, TAMU
  • Graduate Research Assistantship Award (2017) – Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, TAMU
  • Doctoral Assistantship for Excellence (DAE) Award (2014) – Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, CU-Boulder
  • 3rd Place Award (2014) – First National Seismic Design Competition in Iran, Amirkabir University of Technology
  • Ranked 1st (2013) – Graduated with the highest GPA (18.83/20) among 35 M.S. students in Earthquake Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, SUT
  • Ranked 2nd (2011) – Graduated with the second highest GPA (18.50/20) among 90 B.S. students in Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, SUT
  • Ranked 358th (2007) – Among 400,000 participants of the nationwide university entrance exam in Mathematics and Physics, National Organization of Educational Testing, Iran

In addition to conducting research, Dr. Salehi has experience in teaching courses and mentoring undergraduate/graduate students. Dr. Salehi also serves as a reviewer for several esteemed journals in Structural Engineering and Mechanics, e.g., Journal of Structural Engineering, Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Engineering Structures, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, and Smart Materials and Structures.