As Forell/Elsesser’s Research and Development Manager, Ali applies more than 20 years of research and development experience to keep the firm up to date on the latest technologies and tools. He brings knowledge from academia to industry, keeping Forell/Elsesser on the cutting edge of advances in structural engineering. His constant critical eye for ways to improve what we do inevitably benefits not only internal staff, but also builders and clients.
Ali’s research interest and engineering expertise covers several areas of engineering and computational mechanics including: plasticity, computational and numerical methods, structural stability, earthquake engineering, base isolation, steel structures, thin-walled structures, fracture mechanics, composite steel-concrete structures, sustainable design, and structural testing. Several years of his doctoral/post-doctoral studies as an international scholar in Iran, Australia, U.K., Canada, and the U.S. were spent collaborating with Structural Engineering world leaders towards better understanding the local and global behavior of structures and structural components and in developing design guidelines with direct code implications and practical outcomes.
Ali is author of several articles presented in international conferences and published in ISI-indexed journals. This extensive knowledge and experience is incorporated into Forell/Elsesser’s projects and presentations at F/E University, SEAONC and SEAOC seminars, conferences and various national/international scientific and professional events. Ali received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabriz and a Master’s degree from the K.N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. He received a PhD in Civil-Structural Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has several years of postdoctoral studies around the world.
When he is out of the office (and away from his laptop) he can be found exploring many San Francisco/Bay Area neighborhoods with his family, listening to classical and traditional music, practicing calligraphy, or reading cultural anthropology articles.
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- Canadian Seismic Research Network (CSRN)
- Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE)
- Structural Engineers of Northern California (SEAONC)
- Structural Engineering Association of British Columbia (SEABC)
- Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observations Systems (COSMOS)