Behrouz Shafei


Associate Professor [CCE E]

Cerwick Faculty Fellow
Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering (Courtesy)


424 Town Engr
813 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-1066



For more information on Dr. Shafei’s research, teaching and outreach activities, please visit his personal website.

Honors and Awards

  • Charles Schafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service, CCEE Department, Iowa State University, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Award, Iowa State University, 2020
  • NHERI Young Faculty Scholarship, National Science Foundation, 2018
  • SEI Young Professional Scholarship, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2015
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2014
  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellowship, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014
  • Editor’s Choice Award, Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 2014
  • Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing, Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2013
  • ASCE New Face of Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2012
  • U.S. Frontiers of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, 2012


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Structural Engineering, University of Tehran, 2006
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, 2004

Interest Areas

  • Vulnerability assessment of structures under mechanical and environmental stressors
  • Development of novel materials and composite systems for civil infrastructure applications
  • Hazard mitigation solutions for improving the safety and performance of structures
  • Innovative strategies for the management of aging civil infrastructures in service and under extreme events


For a full list of Dr. Shafei’s publications, please visit his website.

Selected recent publications

  • Saini*, D. and Shafei, B.(2020) Performance of structural insulated panels with metal skins subjected to windborne debris impact, Journal of Composites Part B: Engineering, 198, 108163, pp. 1-12. (link)
  • Shi*, W., Najimi*, M., and Shafei, B.(2020) Reinforcement corrosion and transport of water and chloride ions in shrinkage-compensating cement concretes, Journal of Cement and Concrete Research, 135, 106121, pp. 1-9. (link)
  • Oppong*, K., Saini*, D., and Shafei, B.(2020) Vulnerability assessment of bridge piers damaged in barge collision to subsequent hurricane events, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 25(8), 04020051, pp. 1-14. (link)
  • Saini*, D. and Shafei, B.(2020) Damage assessment of wood frame shear walls subjected to lateral wind load and windborne debris impact, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 198, 104091, pp. 1-13. (link)
  • Karim*, R., Najimi*, M., and Shafei, B.(2019) Assessment of transport properties, volume stability, and frost resistance of non-proprietary ultra-high performance concrete, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 227, 117031, pp. 1-10. (link)
  • Hajilar, S. and Shafei, B.(2019) Thermal transport properties at interface of fatty acid esters enhanced with carbon-based nanoadditives, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 145, 118762, pp. 1-9. (link)
  • Saini*, D. and Shafei, B.(2019) Prediction of extent of damage to metal roof panels under hail impact, Journal of Engineering Structures, 187, pp. 362-371. (link)
  • Hajilar*, S. and Shafei, B.(2019) Strength anisotropy and tension-compression asymmetry in complex sulfate-bearing crystals, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, 150, pp. 304-313. (link)