Ostadan receives Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Energy Award

12 March 2019

Farhang Ostadan, manager of Bechtel’s Earthquake Engineering Center, has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Energy Award.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) says Ostadan was chosen as this year’s awardee because of his “significant contributions to practice, research, and codification activities for advancing soil-structure-interaction analysis and seismic analysis in the energy industry, in particular, the nuclear power industry.”

Ostadan has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical earthquake engineering and foundation design. He is the co-author of the breakthrough computer code known as System for Analysis of Soil-Structure Interaction.

Also, he manages the Seismic Analysis group at the Bechtel Earthquake Engineering Center in San Francisco.

Ostadan received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran in Iran. He continued his studies at the University of Michigan, where he received his master’s degree in civil engineering, followed by his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ostadan is an active member of the ASCE 4 Committee for Nuclear Structures and the ASCE Committee for Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves.

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