Hossein Ataei

Professional Affiliations and Experience:

Dr. Ataei is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and in the United States. He has the industry experience in the fields of structural design of civil infrastructure systems; business administration of heavy civil projects and project controls of large-scale civil infrastructure for global Engineering-Procurement and Construction firms including Bechtel Corporation and Kiewit Infrastructure Group. He has also been with KPMG LLP with project management consulting and risk advisory services for construction and infrastructure projects. A Certified International Project Manager (CIPM), Dr. Ataei is a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM). Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Ataei was teaching simultaneously at the California State University, Long Beach (Mechanical Engineering) and at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Construction Engineering). He is a professional member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Professional Licensure and Membership:

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of Nevada, USA
  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Province of Ontario, Canada
  • Professional Engineer (ingénieur / P.Eng.), Province of Québec, Canada
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.), State of Wyoming, USA


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2013, University of Southern California (USC); Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), 2010, Concordia University; Montreal, Canada
  • Master of Construction Management (M.C.M.), 2008, University of Southern California (USC); Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.Sc.), 2006, University of Southern California (USC); Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), 2004, Sharif University of Technology; Tehran, Iran

Research Interests:

  • Design of Structures and Civil Infrastructure for Dynamic Loads and Manmade Threats
  • Forensic Structural Engineering
  • Advanced Methods for Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Innovative Methodologies in Integrated Construction Project Management;
  • Construction Project Controls and Strategic Planning and Administration of the Engineering Enterprise
  • Critical Interrelated Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • Professional Engineering Education; Engineering Ethics and Organizational Behavior

Current Research:

Our research on finite element analysis involves high fidelity modeling of building envelopes and glazing systems fracture patterns under high dynamic loads, performing progressive collapse analysis on civil infrastructure systems (e.g. bridges) due to a fire or corrosion, conducting failure and vulnerability assessment of critical infrastructure systems (e.g. offshore oil platforms) due to blast or fire.

According to the ASCE 2015 Report Card on New York’s Infrastructure, there are 17,456 bridges in NYS of which 50% are 75 years old and over 400 of the New York’s bridges are 100 years old. The combined road and bridge funding for the NYS needs alone through 2030 are approximately $31 billion. Moreover, there are many structurally-deficient bridges across the US that require consistent maintenance or improvements for safe operations and transportation.

The existing Bridge Maintenance Programs and conventional health monitoring and assessment methods that are currently being used by engineers to address and prioritize any repairs or reinforcement do not always capture all important aspects of structural deteriorations, fatigue, collision damages or corrosion severity levels. Therefore, there is an emerging need for developing and incorporating innovative real-time information technology (IT) based frameworks and interfaces that enable the bridge authorities to constantly monitor the real-time states of stresses, strains and deflections in bridges along with their corrosion levels and other forms of damage.

Because critical civil infrastructure systems are essential to a nation’s economic growth, security and health, they need to be resilient, reliable, efficient, and require systematic planning, operation, and maintenance. These critical infrastructures, while frequently maintained and operated as independent silos, are actually interrelated and tightly coupled. Our research focuses on employing data-driven approaches to identify such interdependencies in order to provide engineers and decision makers with useful insights on how a structural component failure in one infrastructure can influence the serviceability levels in other related infrastructures. Thereby, our research team is looking into incorporating structural engineering analysis and design with operations planning , control and management of the civil infrastructure systems to (1) engage in a more informed design of each infrastructure by taking into consideration its interdependencies with other infrastructures, (2) identify “high risk” components within individual infrastructure that could cascade across other systems, and (3) design and implement effective mitigation strategies to prevent such cascading failure scenarios.

Dr. Ataei’s research also focuses on best practices in Integrated Construction Project Management (IPM) with regards to optimization methodologies for the construction projects given the multitude of constraints including the project budget, schedule, risk, quality, human resources, communication, procurement and the stakeholder management. In concert with these initiatives, we look into the existing or potential interdisciplinary connections that exist between the construction engineering and across other economic, social and societal sectors that are often overlooked at traditional project management research and resource optimization practices. These competencies include, but not limited to, engineering entrepreneurship; budgeting and financial planning; organizational behavior; managerial strategic planning; game-theory applications; cultural awareness and intercultural considerations in managing multinational and multi-background engineering project teams; litigations and construction claims as well as the health and safety and sustainability considerations.

Courses Taught (~last two years):

  • CIE 633 – Finite Element Analysis
  • ECS 325 – Mechanics of Solids
  • CIE 475 – Civil Engineering Senior Design Project
  • CIE 500 – Construction Control Systems
  • CIE 400/600 – Construction Regulations and Organizational Management


  • University of Southern California Order of Arete Medal of Scholarship Contribution and Leadership; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) – Southern California Chapter’s Construction Engineering Education Award
  • Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN) Engineering Education Award, USA
  • Award of Excellence in Engineering Education, Society of American Iranian Engineers and Architects, Los Angeles, USA
  • David M. Wilson Affiliates (Civil Engineering Alumni Association) Award of Academic Excellence, Los Angeles, USA
  • University of Southern California Office of International Services Director’s Award of Commitment and Contribution, Los Angeles, USA
  • University of Southern California Graduate Achievement and Leadership Award, Los Angeles, USA
  • Department of Civil Engineering Best Teaching Assistantship Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Selected Recent Publications:

Ataei H., Salem O., “Teaching Professional Engineering Ethics in Civil and Construction Engineering”, ASEE 123rd Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, 2016

Ataei H., Salem O., “Construction Regulations and Organizational Management – A Case Study of a New Course Introduction”, ASEE 123rd Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, 2016

Ataei H., (2015), “Experimental Study of Rubber Tire Aggregates Effect on Compressive & Dynamic Load-Bearing Properties of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens”, Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, Springer, pp. 1 – 12

Ataei H., Mamaghani M.H., Aboutaha R.S., “Finite Element Analysis of Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridges Failure due to an Anchorage Room Fire”, 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Miami, FL, USA, pp. 736 – 745, 2015

Ataei H., Niazy A.M., “Structural Buckling Analysis of Arched Structures using Finite Element Analysis”, 7th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Miami, FL, USA, pp. 824 – 834, 2015

Ataei H., Taherkhani F., (2015), “Stochastic evaluation of mortgage default losses resulting from flood damages and different mortgage arrangements for post-Katrina Louisiana houses”, International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 8, Issue 2, pp. 207 – 222

Ataei H., (2015), “An Energy-Based Approach in Predicting Failure of the Glazing Systems Subjected to the Manmade Hazards”, Journal of Advances in Material Science and Applications, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pp. 42 – 52

Yan B., Zhang H., Ataei H., Aboutaha R.S., “Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Concrete Highway Bridges with CFRP Composites”, Joint Conference of the 12th International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-12) & the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Fiber Reinforced Polymers in Structures (APFIS-2015), Nanjing, China, 2015

Ataei H., Anderson J.C., (2014), “Computational Modeling of Failure Patterns of Glass Panels with Imperfections Subjected to Air Blast”, Advances in Material Science and Applications, Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 109 – 119

Ataei H., Anderson J.C., (2014), “Post-Failure Analysis of the Glazing Systems Subjected to Air Blast”, Journal of Civil Engineering and Science, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 209 – 218

Ataei H., Anderson J.C., “Computational Modeling of Glass Panels for Mitigating the Injuries due to Air Blast”, International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 57 – 64, 2013

Ataei H. “Sustainability and Effect of Rubber Tire Aggregates on Compressive & Dynamic Strength of Concrete Used for Highway & Airfield Pavement”, The Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Los Angeles, CA, USA, pp. 64 – 75, 2013

Ataei H., Anderson J.C., “Effect of Window Sizes and Glazing Panel Aspect Ratios on Mitigating the Injuries from Flying Glass due to Air Blast”, “Structures2013” Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Pittsburgh, PA, USA, pp. 125 – 136, 2013

Ataei H., Anderson J.C., “Mitigating the Injuries from Flying Glass due to Air Blast”, 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), San Francisco, CA, USA, pp. 133 – 142, 2012