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Civil Engineering

Asad Esmaeily | Professor

Photo of Asad EsmaeilyPh.D. - 2001, University of Southern California
Structural Engineering
M.S. - 2001, University of Southern California
Electrical Engineering
M.S. - 2001, University of Southern California
Structural Engineering
M.S. - 1986, Tehran University
Civil Engineering
B.S. - 1984, Tehran University
Civil Engineering

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Professional Experience

Professor Asad Esmaeily received a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He then worked for close to 10 years before he continued his graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) in 1995, where he earned a doctorate in structural engineering, master's in structural engineering and master's in electrical engineering in 2001. He worked for California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) on the bay bridge seismic retrofit and replacement for less than a year before he joined the department of civil engineering at K-State in August 2002 as a tenure-track assistant professor. Esmaeily was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008, and promoted to full professor in 2014.


Esmaeily's research covers a wide range of topics in structural engineering. His research focuses on smart bridge systems, feature-based structural damage detection, analytical modeling, and performance assessment of structures, considering material models, cyclic rules, load/displacement patterns, etc. He has conducted research on structural performance and optimization, reinforced concrete structures, prestressed concrete and integral bridges. He has developed several research oriented computer programs in the fields of reinforced concrete structural performance under various load and displacement patterns, structural dynamics, as well as applications related to material sustainability.

Academic Highlights

Esmaeily has authored and/or co-authored a book and more than 45 journal papers and has published/presented more than 130 conference papers on national and international levels. He has graduated five doctorate students and more than 15 master's students who were funded as graduate assistants and more than 15 project/course based MS students. Esmaeily has been an active member of some related professional agencies, namely ASCE and ACI. He has served as the chair of a number of technical committees, the associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and the Guest Editor of the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics. He has received a number of awards such as the George D. Nasser Award, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute for best paper and the best reviewer award for the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering. He has also been awarded as the ASCE Advisor of the Year multiple times, and has received outstanding university and professional service awards, outstanding graduate faculty awards, the James L. Hollis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Myers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award, and the Chi-Epsilon Undergraduate Teaching Award. Esmaeily was the civil engineering member of an engineering team of four on a $3.5-million project funded by the World Bank to rebuild the Kabul University Engineering School. He helped with revising the system to credit based curriculum, and designed the pertinent laboratories and courses.