Mohammad Hasani


Master of Science in Structural engineering

  • University: Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University – Tehran, Iran
  • Thesis title: Investigating the relationship between the surface energy of pozzolanic minerals and intensity of the pozzolanic activity
  • Supervisor: Dr Amir Tarighat
  • Overall GPA: 3.77 (17.19 out of 20)
  • Thesis GPA: 4 (19.5 out of 20)
  • Ranked 2 among master students in the department of structural engineering
  • Top 5% in Iranian University Entrance Exam

Bachelor of Science in Civil engineering

  • University: Tafresh University – Markazi, Iran
  • Overall GPA: 3 (15.82 out of 20)

Selected Courses

  • Advanced Concrete Structures (4/4)
  • Advanced Steel Structures (4/4)
  • High-Rise Structures (4/4)
  • Advanced Concrete Technology (4/4)
  • Inelastic Analysis of Structures (4/4)

Research interests

  • Cement and concrete microstructure
  • Multi-scale study of cementitious materials
  • Supplementary cementations materials
  • Geopolymers
  • Fibre-reinforced concrete
  • Atomistic simulations (MD, DFT)
  • Artificial intelligence usage in concrete technology
  • Machine learning and Data science


  • Hasani, Mohammad, and Amir Tarighat. “Proposing new pozzolanic activity index based on water adsorption energy via molecular dynamics simulations.” Construction and Building Materials 213 (2019): 492-504.
  • Parsa, Mohammad Hossein, and Mohammad Hasani. “Determination of optimum volume percent of steel fiber in FRC tunnelling segments.” 7th International conference on civil engineering, architecture and urban economy development, Shiraz. 2018. (In Persian)

Research experiences

Investigating the effect of thermodynamic parameters on the pozzolanic activity

  • In order to study the effects of temperature and pressure on pozzolanic behaviour, I extended my research on the pozzolanic activity index with different thermodynamic conditions.

Studying the activity of different pozzolanic minerals using atomistic simulations

  • In this study, I managed to use the concept of water adsorption energy along with the molecular dynamics technique to assess the activity of different pozzolanic minerals. Furtherly, this research led to a new activity index for pozzolanic materials.

Investigating design and construction methods of FRC tunnelling segments

  • Seeking the most convenient approach for the construction of tunnelling segments with FRC, I studied previously built FRC tunnels all over the world. Calculation of the ideal fibre content for tunnels with regard to their size was one of the outcomes of this statistical investigation.

Studying the effects pozzolanic materials have on the concrete properties

Academic projects

Design an 18-Floor structure, course of “Design of High-Rise Structures”

  • As of the final project for the “Design of High-Rise Structures” course, I managed to design an 18-floor structure with high importance factor (Hospital usage) and vertical irregularity. I chose steel structure with dual special moment-resisting with special eccentrically braced frame system for lateral seismic load and metal decking system for the roof. Analysis and design procedure was conducted according to Iranian standards (similar to AISC360 and ASCE) with the help of CSI Etabs.

Crack analysis for shear walls of a 15-floor structure, course of “Advanced Concrete Structures”

  • In order to prevent soft-story from happening, I managed to set appropriate stiffness modifiers to shear walls. To reach the desired criteria, I used a sequential analysis algorithm in which concerning the moment acting on the walls, before each step, the modifiers of moment inertia were tailored according to Iranian, Canadian, and American codes.

Other projects

  • Design of an Industrial shed; “Design of Advanced Steel Structures” course
  • Pushover analysis; “Theory of Plasticity” course
  • Dynamic analysis of a steel structure; “Dynamics of Structures” course
  • Design of an ordinary steel structure; B.Sc. Final project
  • Design of an ordinary concrete structure; B.Sc. Final project
  • Quantity surveying of a concrete structure; B.Sc. Final project
  • Design of an 8-km highway; B.Sc. Final project


Role of surface chemistry on cementitious materials

  • To illustrate how deeply surface chemistry can influence cementitious materials properties, I described surface science branches followed by a clear comparison of absorption and adsorption. Furtherly, discussing different types of adsorption, along with crystal structure of cementitious components, I managed to depict the importance of surface chemistry to study cementitious materials.
  • This presentation was given in brainstorming sessions at the civil engineering department, SRTTU.

An introduction to Molecular dynamics approach

  • This presentation covered the concepts and characteristics of molecular dynamics method and the steps involved to carry an MD simulation. Besides, I tried to describe the procedure of calculating kinematic parameters of atoms and then macro-scale properties by averaging over the ensemble. I further explained the potential parameters provided by force fields along with examples.
  • This presentation was given in brainstorming sessions at the civil engineering department, SRTTU.

Force fields & Interatomic Potentials

  • In this presentation, I tried to discuss the concepts of force-fields, interatomic potentials, and their varieties. Furtherly, I demonstrated the importance of forcefield selection concerning the chaotic nature of molecular dynamics and mentioned popular forcefields of each category. Classical, polarizable, reactive, and coarse-grained were among the explained categories.
  • This presentation was given in brainstorming sessions at the civil engineering department, SRTTU.

Pozzolanic behavior & Molecular dynamic

  • In this presentation, I reasonably associated the main disciplines involved in my research. I started by describing pozzolans and their crystal structures and then continued by stating important points of crystallography, chemistry, and molecular dynamics. Finally, linking the ideas together established the main question of the research.
  • This presentation was given in brainstorming sessions at the civil engineering department, SRTTU.

Industrial experiences

Civil engineer at Kazheh Construction Co. (Local Contractor Company):

  • Management of workforce and subcontractors
  • Supervising the correct implementation of tasks

Member of the Tehran Construction Engineering Organization

Online courses attended

  • Python Basics for Data Science, By IBM on edx
  • Cement Chemistry and Sustainable Cementitious Materials, By EPFL on edx



  • Design of steel and concrete structures
  • Concrete technology
  • Molecular Dynamics simulations
  • Multi-Scale modelling of materials
  • Familiar with surface science
  • Familiar with crystallography
  • Familiar with Iranian and American design codes and standards (ACI, ASCE, AISC)
  • Familiar with codes focusing on FRC (fib, RILEM, ACI)


  • Engineering: CSI Etabs/ CSI Safe/ CSI SAP2000/ AutoCAD
  • Atomistic Simulation: BIOVIA Materials Studio/ Familiar with LAMMPS Code


  • C++
  • Perl (Familiar)
  • Python (Learning)


  • English: IELTS Academic, Overall band score: 7.5, (Listening: 8.0, Reading: 7.5, Writing: 6.5, Speaking: 7.0)
  • Persian: Native

Personal interests

  • Reading (Books, Papers, Scientific websites …)
  • Group activities
  • Volunteer works
  • Sports (Swimming, Cycling)
  • Solving puzzles
  • Music and movie
  • Travelling