People

“Great things are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs.

Group Lead

Negin Alemazkoor

Negin Alemazkoor is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia in the Department of Engineering systems and Environment. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering with a minor in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and a M.S. in Transportation Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Alemazkoor’s current research mainly focuses on developing computational tools for analysis of smart and resilient infrastructure systems with an emphasis on power and transportation systems. Dr. Alemazkoor has been invited to attend the Rising Stars in Computational and Data Science workshop hosted by University of Texas at Austin and Sandia National Laboratory in 2019 and selected as one of the 20 female graduate students and postdocs invited to MIT’s 2017 CEE Rising Stars workshop.

Current Ph.D. Students

Harsh Anand

Harsh is a Ph.D. candidate in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia who joined the group in Summer 2021. He received his M.S. from Penn State University and his B.S. from Manipal University. Harsh’s current research is at the intersection of Data Science and Operations Research, specifically in the area of disaster management. Harsh is the current Vice-Chair of the Graduate Engineering Student Council and the VP of Projects in the Graduate Consulting Club at UVA. 

Mehdi Taghizadeh

Mehdi is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering who joined the group in Spring 2022. Before joining University of Virginia, He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Sharif University of Technology. Mehdi’s research interests include machine learning and deep learning, physics-informed neural networks, reinforcement learning, and uncertainty quantification. His Ph.D. research focuses on advancing deep learning methods and developing a deep reinforcement learning-based decision-making framework for enhancing the resilience of transportation systems under climate change.

Kamiar Khayambashi

Kamiar is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering and joined the group in Summer 2022. Before joining the University of Virginia, he spent his M.Sc. at the Sharif University of Technology and his B.Sc. at the Isfahan University of Technology. His interest is mainly in advanced data analytics, reliability analysis, infrastructure risk and resilience assessments, decision-making, and machine learning applications. Kamiar’s current research is focused on developing methods to collect the data optimally in cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Zanko Zandsalimi

Zanko is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering who joined the group in Fall 2023. Before joining the University of Virginia, he spent his M.Sc. at the Tarbiat Modares University and his B.Sc. at the University of Kurdistan. His research interest is mainly in Hydrologic modeling and prediction, Flood mapping and risk assessment, Application of RS & GIS in water resources management, and machine learning applications.

Current Post-Doctoral Researchers

Md Abul Hasnat

Md Abul Hasnat received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA, in 2023. Currently, he is a Post-doctoral Research Associate with the system and information engineering department at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2014, and the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida in 2020. His research interests include signal processing, data analytics, machine learning, and network science in application to the security and reliability of energy systems and critical cyber–physical infrastructures.