Home Student Chapter SEAoT-TAMU Updates – November 2020 – Mohammad Aghababaei

SEAoT-TAMU Updates – November 2020 – Mohammad Aghababaei


SEAoT TAMU November 12 Meeting

For the third meeting of the Fall 2020 Semester, we had the privilege of hosting Dr. Navid Attary, from FM Global. FM Global is a leading property insurer of the world’s largest businesses, providing more than one-third of FORTUNE 1000-size companies with engineering-based risk management and property insurance solutions. FM Global helps clients maintain continuity in their business operations by drawing upon state-of-the-art loss-prevention engineering and research; risk management skills and support services; tailored risk transfer capabilities; and superior financial strength. FM Global’s headquarter is in Johnston, RI, and they have many offices all around the world. Their office in Texas is located in Dallas.

Our speaker, Dr. Navid Attary, is a Lead Research Scientist at Structures and Natural Hazards Research department of FM Global’s Research Division, working on risk and performance assessment of structures subjected to different natural hazards. Navid received his PhD in civil/structural engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2013, in which he conducted large-scale shake table testing of a steel bridge, equipped with negative stiffness seismic protection devices. Following his graduation and after teaching at RPI as a faculty member for two years, he joined NIST Community Resilience center of excellence head quarter at Colorado State University, as a research scientist. At the NIST center of excellence, he worked on risk and resilience assessment of structures, lifeline networks and communities, subjected to varieties of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornados. Through his diverse career, Navid has received many awards such as ASCE’s best paper of the year for a new methodology that he developed for tsunami risk assessment. In his presentation, a brief overview of the company and some of its research efforts related to natural hazards were discussed.

Some screenshots of the Zoom meeting are presented below.

SEAoT TAMU November 19 Meeting

For the fourth meeting of the Fall 2020 Semester, we had the privilege of hosting Jeff Jansing, P.E., from Walter P Moore (WPM). WPM is a Structural Engineering firm specializing in the design of commercial, educational, healthcare, sports, aviation etc. practice areas. WPM has 21 offices throughout the states with headquarters in Houston, Texas, since 1931.

Our speaker, Jeff Jansing, P.E., is a Principal at Walter P Moore with experience in structural engineering analysis and design. Jeff has extensive design experience in parking garages having managed several large garage projects, including an 8,000 car garage at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. Jeff has extensive construction support experience having served as the construction site representative for the military medical center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Jeff joined Walter P Moore in 2004. Jeff discussed Globe Life Field – the new $1.1 Billion stadium of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Loaded with stunning architecture designed by HKS, state-of-the-art technology and fresh new gameday experiences at every turn, the 1.7 million sq. ft, 40,300-seat venue features an exceptionally intimate seating bowl, a multitude of premium amenities and a distinctive, ETFE-clad retractable roof to protect cheering fans from rain or the sweltering Texas sun. The 300,000 sq. ft, single-panel roof takes a mere 12 minutes to travel over 400ft, creating an open-air ballpark experience when desired and exposing spectacular views!

Some screenshots of the Zoom meeting with WPM are presented below.

Best Regards,

Mohammad Aghababaei
President, SEAoT at TAMU