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UTARI Seminar

UTARI Seminar is held the last Friday of each month at 12:00PM (noon). Each seminar highlights a different speaker who will discuss their latest research projects, cutting-edge technology or what is happening within certain technological industries. These industries include biomedical technologies or microsystems, assistive technologies, automation and intelligent systems, unmanned systems, advanced manufacturing and composite materials.


Dr. Jafar Razmi


“Tackling Grand Challenges of Our Nations through Research: Infrastructure and Civil Engineering (ICE) Division at UTARI”


One of the grand challenges of our nation is its urban infrastructure. According to NAE Infrastructure is defined as the combination of fundamental systems that support a community, region, or country. It includes everything from water and sewer systems to road and rail networks to the national power and natural gas grids. It is no secret that US infrastructure is aging and failing. It is critical that we come up with new approaches to design, build and maintain these infrastructures. One major component of the infrastructure is bridges that are fundamental to transportation and connecting human communities. This presentation discusses the types of research conducted in ICE division, how it can help improve and sustain our infrastructure and structures, and the future direction in this area. I will discuss the advanced computational techniques that ICE uses to design futuristic structures and evaluate and predict the performance of these structures under severe circumstances and conditions. Criticality of involvement and inclusion of all disciplines in order to find universal and sustainable solutions for our growing communities will be discussed.


Dr. Jafar Razmi is a Senior Research Scientist & Division Head of Infrastructure and Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI). He received his Bs. in mechanical engineering, MS. and PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Maryland at College Park. His work experience spans between academia and more than 10 years of industry in multiple disciplines including Mechanical, civil, manufacturing and industrial engineering. His work has been sponsored by industry such as Pratt and Whitney and he has published extensively in his areas of expertise. He has been a faculty in University of Connecticut and university of Hartford before joining UTARI.




12pm (noon)-1pm


7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South
Fort Worth, TX 76118-7115