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Doctoral Candidate Named Graduate Student Exemplar

Seyedmorteza “Morteza” Khatibmasjedi, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, was named Graduate Student Exemplar by the University of Miami (UM) Graduate School. Khatibmasjedi will graduate in August 2018.

This award recognizes a graduate student who excelled academically and has consistently made contributions that benefits others. This student’s service, leadership or other distinctive efforts may have been to the campus, local, national or international community.

“It is a great honor to receive this prestigious award,” said Khatibmasjedi. “I am fortunate to have received an extraordinary education at the University of Miami College of Engineering. The support of the professors, especially my mentor Dr. Antonio Nanni, has expanded my perspectives and introduced me to a wide range of inspiring people. Most important, UM has supported me in commercializing the product that I have been working on it during my PhD through a startup.”

He works with the SEACON project aimed at making concrete, as the second-most widely used material in the world, more sustainable. SEACON is a revolutionary type of concrete that combines seawater, salt-contaminated aggregates, and glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars, a non-corrosive replacement for steel bars made of glass fiber, to create a stronger and more sustainable building material. This technology provides a more sustainable and economical solution for construction in the regions of the world which deal with fresh water shortage. SEACRETE ™, sustainable concrete without chloride limit, reinforced with SEABAR™, noncorrosive composite reinforcement, has been commercialized as the outcome of SEACON project, which are being used in a couple of projects in Florida and Bahamas.

Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Antonio Nanni stated, “Morteza is an exemplary student. He is actively involved in several graduate student organizations as the leader or College of Engineering representative. He also has been very successful in promoting his research topic, SEACON technology, at numerous conferences, with local and national media outlets, as well as conducting educational workshops with industry stakeholders.”

Khatibmasjedi received his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 2014 and received his bachelor’s degree from Azad University in 2012. He has more than eight years of experience in the fields of structural and concrete materials engineering. Before joining UM, he was a graduate research assistant at Oklahoma State for three years where he was actively involved in research on cement and concrete materials, specifically focused on concrete durability and alternative cementitious materials.

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