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Pourahmadian, Fatemeh Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • We aim to tackle some of the challenging direct and inverse problems in engineering mechanics involving wave motion. Examples include: • inverse scattering in complex or unknown domains • linear/nonlinear wave propagation in materials with periodic, random, or multiphase microstructure e.g. metamaterials, damage/degradation zones, porous/granular media • elastic wave cloaking • nonlinear and multi-scale dynamics of material interfaces Some of the direct applications of our research are in the areas of • enhanced gas/geothermal energy production, involving real-time targeted monitoring of subsurface processes (field operations for the purpose of hydrocarbon/geothermal resources), • biomedical imaging, entailing the nonlinear mechanics of soft tissue • prediction of instability and failure • critical infrastructure protection


  • acoustic/elastic wave imaging, remote sensing, system identification, experimental mechanics, physics, applied mathematics, linear/nonlinear waves in complex media, elastic wave guiding, cloaking


selected publications


courses taught

  • CVEN 3111 - Analytical Mechanics 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Studies the motion (kinematics) of particles and rigid bodies, and the forces that cause the motion (kinetics). Newton's laws as well as energy methods are used to study the motion of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions.
  • CVEN 3718 - Geotechnical Engineering 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Covers stress analysis and plastic equilibrium, sheer strength of soil, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability and underground construction. Analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls and other earth and rock structures. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
  • CVEN 5111 - Structural Dynamics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Focuses on the response of single- and multi-degree of freedom structures subjected to harmonic, impulsive and arbitrary loads (including earthquake base excitation). Sources and modeling of damping will be discussed. Analytical and numerical solutions will be considered for both linear and nonlinear structural systems. Elastic and inelastic response spectra will be discussed.
  • CVEN 5831 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
  • CVEN 6958 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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