• Negar received the UB’s 2021 Exceptional Scholar: Young Investigator Award.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Nan Hua (co-advised with Dr. Tessari) for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation in August 2021. The title of her Ph.D. dissertation was “Experimental and numerical assessment of fire damage to reinforced concrete tunnel liners.”

  • Congratulations to Nan for receiving the 2021 UB SEAS Dean’s Graduate Achievement Award. The award honors exceptional graduate students who have distinguished themselves through excellence in research and related technical presentations/publications.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Amir Sarreshtehdari for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation in May 2021. The title of his Ph.D. dissertation was “The impact of fire following earthquake on urban environment considering the seismic performance of infrastructure networks.”

  • Congratulations to Dr. Ramla Qureshi for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation in December 2020. The title of her Ph.D. dissertation was "Evaluation of steel columns under fire: Real-time hybrid fire testing and reliability assessment."

  • Our group had five papers in the 2020 Structures in Fire Conference, hosted by the University of Queensland. Nan presented our research on “damage assessment framework for tunnel structures under fire”. Ramla presented our work on “evaluating fire induced failure probability of steel columns designed based on US prescriptive standards” and “real-time hybrid simulation to capture column buckling in a steel frame under fire.” Ramla received the best student paper award and the best student presentation award.

  • Our research group will collaborate with the University of Nevada Reno, University of California Los Angeles, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Desert Research Institute in Nevada to develop a data-driven urban fire spread model and evaluate risk of wildfire in wildland urban interface communities:​ https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2020/leap-hi-wildfire-grant

  • Our group published two papers on a new surveying methodology for fuel load density in buildings:

      Paper 1 (methodology): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-020-00989-9

      Paper 2 (application): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-020-00990-2

  • FPE eXTRA Issue 51 features an article, by Negar and our collaborator Dr. Thomas Gernay from Johns Hopkins University, on "A digitized surveying method using machine vision to collect fuel load data in buildings": https://www.sfpe.org/page/FPEeXTRAIssue51 


  • Nan attended the 2019 IABSE Congress in New York City and presented her research on “Design fire scenarios for railway tunnel fires.” The project is a collaboration with Professor Anthony Tessari of UB.

  • Ramla received the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Doctoral Fellowship for academic year 2019-2020.

  • Negar, Amir, and our collaborator Dr. Moharrami Gargari from WSP attended the 2019 EMI conference in Caltech, California. Negar co-organized two sessions on “Earthquake resilience and cascading effects and emerging topics” and “New developments in Structural Fire Engineering.” Amir presented on his research  work about fire following earthquake at community level. Dr. Moharrami Gargari presented our research on building level fragility for functionality of a non-structural component. Negar presented results of an ongoing collaborative research on performance of tessellated structural architectural systems.

  • Gauhar Nurlybekova, undergraduate student from Kazakhstan, joined our research group for Summer of 2019, as part of our exchange student program with Kazakhstan.

  • Esther Saula, UB undergraduate student, joined our research group for Summer of 2019, as part of the LSAMP Summer Research Internship Program.

  • Jonathan Mann, UB undergraduate student, joined our research group for Summer of 2019, as part of the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

  • Ramla presented her research on uncertainty quantification in material properties at elevated temperatures at the third International Fire Safety Symposium in Ottawa, Canada.

  • Fernando presented his research results on fire spread in wildland urban interface communities at the 2019 International Fire Behavior and Fuels Control conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Negar attended the 2019 Structures Congress in Orlando, Florida, as the recipient of the SEI Young Professional Scholarship. Negar attended the ASCE Fire Protection committee in Orlando and gave two presentations on tunnel fire research and teaching structural fire engineering.