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Mohammad Najafi

  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, UTA


  • 1993, Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
  • 1988, M.S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • 1976, B.S. Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University

Work Experience

  • 2011-present, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2002-2011, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2001-2002, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
  • 2001-2002, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Missouri Columbia
  • 1999-2001, Associate Professor, Missouri Western State University
  • 1993-1999, Assistant Professor, Missouri Western State University
  • 1992-1993, Program Manager,Louisiana Tech University

Research Interests

  • Infrastructure asset management
  • Innovative technologies for underground infrastructure construction 


  • Trenchless Technology Planning, Equipment, and Methods
  • Trenchless Technology Piping: Installation and Inspection
  • Trenchless Technology: Pipeline and Utility Design, Construction and Renewal
  • Published over 100 papers, and several manuals on various aspects of trenchless technology

Memberships, Honors and Awards

  • Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems.
  • Chair of the Executive Committee of the Pipeline Division, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Officer of the Utilities and Asset Management Committee (F-36) of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)
  • Member of the AFB70 (Utility Committee) and Expert Task Group for SHRP 2 Projects R01-B&C, "Utility Locating Technology Development Utilizing Multi-Sensor Platforms," and "Innovation in the Location of Deep Utility Pipes and Tunnels," of the Transportation Research Board
  • Academic member of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Faculty advisor and board member of Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA)
  • No-Dig Program Committee member of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).
  • Member of American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Member of Deep Foundations Institute,
  • Member of Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Member of NACE International
  • Founding member and currently Vice Chair of the International Society for Underground Freight Transportation (ISUFT)