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Dr. Shahram Pezeshk

Chair & Professor, Civil Engineering

Phone
(901) 678-4727
Fax
(901) 678-3026
Office
Engineering Science Building - Room 104A
Office Hours

Education

B.S., Civil Engineering; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1982
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 1983
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1989

Field of Active Research

Dr. Pezeshk's research interests encompass all phases of engineering seismology and earthquake engineering; in particular, ground motion prediction, site effects, site characterization, probabilistic seismic hazard analyses, and strong ground motions and their impact on structures.

Dr. Pezeshk has also a long record of research in structural optimization, in particular, performance-based structural optimization.

Dr. Pezeshk's research in Ground Motion Prediction Equations (GMPEs) has been implemented in the USGS hazard maps 2008 and 2014:

and U.S. NRC and EPRI:


Teaching


Earthquake Engineering (CIVL7119/8119)
Structural Dynamics (CIVL7116/8116)
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering (CIVL7137/8137)
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (CIVL4135)
Intermediate Design of R/C Structures (CIVL4136/CIVL6136)

Licenses

Professional Engineer, Tennessee.

Research

 

    • Ground Motion Scaling
    • Ground Motion Prediction Models
    • Geometric Spreading
    • Risk-based seismic design for optimal structural and non-structural system performance
    • Site Specific Studies
    • Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis


Awards, Honors, and Scholarships

  • Recipient of the 2014 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award.

  • Recipient of "State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award," American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Recipient of the Emison Professorship, Herff College of Engineering, The University of Memphis (2002-present)

  • Featured Engineer (2002)

  • Recipient of the Don P. Smith Professorship, Herff College of Engineering, The University of Memphis (1999-2002)

  • Recipient of the 1999 Herff College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award.

  • Recipient of the 1998 University of Memphis Distinguished Research Award

  • Superior Performance in University Research (SPUR) award, The University of Memphis, 1993.

  • Myrtle L. Judkins Memorial Scholarship(University of California, Berkeley), 1983.

  • B.S. Degree with Highest Honors, 1982.

  • Listed in the 5th Edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering