Arghavan Louhghalam, PhD

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Education

2010Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDPhD in Civil Engineering
2007Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDMS in Civil Engineering
2002Tehran University, Tehran, IranMS in Earthquake Engineering
2000Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, IranBS in Civil Engineering

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The behavior of materials and members under axial load, torsion, flexure, shear and combined loads, including the deflection of beams and buckling of columns. The relationship between stress and strain, principal stresses and strains and yield and fracture criteria are discussed. Previously offered as CEN 303.

The behavior of materials and members under axial load, torsion, flexure, shear and combined loads, including the deflection of beams and buckling of columns. The relationship between stress and strain, principal stresses and strains and yield and fracture criteria are discussed. Previously offered as CEN 303.

General topics of interest and relevance to civil & environmental engineering applications. Topics may include subject matter related to transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, structures design, water resources, fluid mechanics, and/or environmental science and engineering. Laboratory and field exercises may supplement lecture material. Course can be repeated with change of content.

General topics of interest and relevance to civil & environmental engineering applications. Topics may include subject matter related to transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, structures design, water resources, fluid mechanics, and/or environmental science and engineering. Laboratory and field exercises may supplement lecture material. Course can be repeated with change of content.

Discussion of generalized coordinates and the Lagrangian method of determining a system's equations of motion. Normal modes and normal coordinates are introduced and the method of matrix iteration is used to find natural frequencies and modes. Free vibration of continuous systems is considered and techniques for finding natural frequencies are developed. Forced and transient responses of one degree of freedom systems are treated extensively, and forced response of multi-degree of freedom systems is discussed. Electrical analogies, use of the analog computer, and modeling of actual physical systems are discussed.

Research

Research Interests

  • Quantitative Engineering Sustainability, Design, Development and Maintenance of Sustainable Civil Infrastructures
  • Fracture Mechanics and Material Durability
  • Risk and Reliability Assessment of High-Performance Structural Systems
  • Dynamics and Random Vibrations
  • Application of Data Mining and Machine Learning Techniques to Civil Engineering Pro

Dr. Arghavan Louhghalam joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an assistant professor. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub@MIT). She holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Earthquake Engineering from University of Tehran, and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran. 

Dr. Louhghalam’s research interests are mainly focused on interconnected areas of solid mechanics, material modeling and applied statistics with applications to the development of sustainable and resilient civil infrastructure. Her research on quantitative engineering sustainability aims at development of mechanics-based predictive tools to quantify the environmental impact of civil infrastructures and identify the key contributing factors to this footprint.

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