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[Faculty Member]

Present Occupation:Distinguished Professor
Founder of IIEES: 3 Dec. 1989
Past President: 3 Dec. 1989 – 3 Dec. 2006

Tel: +98 21 2229 4050

Fax: +98 21 2229 9479

Joined IIEES on 3 Dec. 1989

Selected Publications Professional Experience Research/Teaching & Memberships Education


  • Ph.D. in Earthquake Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (VPI & SU), USA, 1983
  • M.Sc. in Structural Dynamic, VPI&SU, USA, 1981
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, VPI&SU, USA, 1979
  • B.Sc. Nuclear Engineering, VPI&SU, USA, 1979

Research/Teaching & Memberships

Research Interests

  • Earthquake Risk management
  • Seismic hazard assessment
  • Random Vibration
  • Seismic Isolation
  • Equipment-structure interaction

Active Projects

  • Quick loss and Risk assessment using the remote sensing technique.
  • Seismic vulnerability evaluation of elevated water tanks and proposing some solutions for increasing their seismic safety
  • Analytical and experimental study on floor isolation in seismic design of buildings.
  • Developing intelligent software for damage detection of steel structures.
  • Vulnerability evaluation of industrial equipment by considering their interaction effects.

Recent Accomplished Projects

  • Experimental study on common steel structures in Iran
  • Multi-support Excitation study of large span bridges.
  • Risk Analysis of the mega-city of Tehran
  • Evaluation of damages occurred by an earthquake using the recorded accelerograms of the buildings
  • Vulnerability Reduction Project of Tehran.


  • Random Vibration in Ph.D. Level at IIEES
  • Earthquake Engineering in Master Level at IIEES
  • Earthquake Risk Analysis in Master and Ph.D. Level at IIEES


  • Director and member of Executive Committee of International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE)
  • Chairman of IASPEI Commission on “Earthquake Hazard, Risk and Strong Ground Motion”.
  • Ex-Scientific member of Disaster Prevention and Management Headquarter.
  • Committee on Strengthening of existing public building and infrastructure
  • Founding member, Director board member and Inspector of Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association up to Spring 2006.
  • Iran’s Risk Reduction Council.

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Professional Experience


  • Faculty Member of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran , Booshehr Nuclear Plant – Research Center, Apr. 1985 – Dec. 1989, Iran
  • Professional designer of nuclear plants, Bektel Company, Jan. 1984 – Feb. 1985, U.S.A.


  • Founder and President of IIEES: 3 Dec. 1989 – 3 Dec. 2006
  • Chairman of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th International Conf. on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, 90-2003
  • Coordinator of National Data Centers of the CTBT members, WGB-CTBTO, 2002-2007
  • “UNESCO-UNDP-UN/ISDR-IIEES Alliance for Earth Risk Reduction in Developing Countries” manager
  • Editor-in-chief of Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (JSEE). From its establishment to 2007
  • Editor-in-chief of IIEES Research Bulletin. From its establishment to 2007

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Selected Publications

  • “Identification of Modal Parameters of Non-Classically Damped Linear Structures under Multi-Component Earthquake Loading”; M. Mahmoudabadi, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, M. Hosseini, Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology; May 2007
  • “Post Bam Recovery and Reconstruction”, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany , Special Issue of Journal of Natural Hazards; Paper No. NHAZ121, November 2007.
  • “Elastomeric Isolators with Steel Rings: A Theoretical, Experimental and Numerical Study”, H. Poormohammad, M. Ziyaefar, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (JSEE), Vol. 8 No. 2, Summer 2006
  • “Crustal Velocity Structure in Iranian Kopeh-Dagh, from Analysis of P-Waveform Receiver Functions”; G. Nowrouzi, K. F. Priestley, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, G.Javan Doloei, and D. J. Rham; Journal of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (JSEE), Vol. 8 No. 4, Winter 2006.
  • “A New Look at Earthquake Engineering: Simplification of a Complex Phenomenon”, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, JSEE, Vol. 7 No.2, Summer 2005.
  • “History, Geography and Economy of Bam” M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, R. Mousavi, Special Earthquake Spectra: Special Issue on Bam Earthquake, Vol. 21, No. S1, pp. S3-S11, December 2005.
  • “New Approaches for Non-classically Damped System Eigenanalysis” M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, K. Khanlari, Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (EESD), Vol. 34, pp. 1073-1087, April 2005.
  • “Identification of Modal Parameters of Classically Damped Linear Structures under Multi-Component Earthquake Loading”, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, M. Mahmood-Abadi, JSEE, Vol.7, No.1, Spring 2005.
  • “UN Strategy for Support to the Government of Iran Following the Bam Earthquake of 26 December 2003”, K. Kishor, S.K. Jha, F. Lyons, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany and V.K. Atabaki, JSEE Special Issue on Bam Earthquake, Vol.5, No.4, Winter 2004
  • “Seismological Constraints on the Crustal structure beneath the Zagros Mountain Belt (Iran)”, D. Hatzfeld, M. Tatar, K. Priestly and M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, Geophysical Journal International, Vol. 155, pp 403-410, October 2003.
  • “The Crustal Velocity Structure Beneath the Zagros Mountain Belt (Iran)”, D. Hatzfeld, M. Tatar, K. Priestly, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany. JSEE. Vol. 3, No. 3, Dec. 2002.
  • “Floor Response Spectra for Multicomponent Earthquake Input”, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, A. Fiouz, Journal of Esteghlal, Vol. 21, No. 1, September 2002.
  • “The Effect of Random Mass, Stiffness and Eccentricity Parameters on Seismic Response of Torsional System, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Vol 25, No.1, Winter 2001
  • ” Damage Assessment Using Neural Network and Genetic Algorithm”, K. Saberi-Haghighi, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany and C. Lucas; Journal of Seismology and earthquake Engineering (JSEE); Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring 2000
  • “Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Achievement in Iran”, M. Ghafory-Ashtiany, M.K. Jafari, and M. Tehranizadeh, Proceeding of the 12th world Conference on Earthquake Engineering (12WCEE); Paper No. 2380, Auckland, New Zealand, January 2000

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