Ext: 2135
Email: ali.saffar@upr.edu
Office: CI-204
Education

PhD Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1981-1986

MS Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1981-1986

MSCE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA; 1979-1981

BSCE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA; 1976-1979

Academic Experience
  • Professor, Jul 2000-Present
  • Associate Professor, 1994-2000
  • Assistant Professor, 1990-1994
  • Adjunct Professor, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; 1986-1989
  • Research Assistant, Mathematical & Experimental Eval. of Bracing Systems; 1983-1986
Non-Academic Experience
  • Member of the NIST Task Force in New Orleans for damage assessment in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Honors & Awards
  • Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Engineering Professor Award, November/1995
Publications
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials with Applications, Graduate textbook including digital module presentations to be published by CRC.
  • Elements of Wood Frame Structures, Printed for class use since 1994.  Last revision:  2016.
  • Developing Insurance Solutions Software for Natural Hazard Loss Estimation, with Guillermo Gerbaudo, Report to Insurance Security Commission of Puerto Rico, 2007.
  • Development of Hurricane Based Fragility Curves for Wood-Zinc Houses in Puerto Rico, with Rolando García González, Presentation to Mid-America Earthquake Center, 2007.
  • On Improving the Performance of Wood-Zinc Roof Systems, with Daniel Avilés Nieves, Report to Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2006.
  • Design of an Intelligent Structure, Engineering Mechanics:  A force for the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 12th Engineering Mechanics Conference, 1998.
  • Performance of Steel Roof Decks subjected to Repeated Wind Loading, Proceedings of the Fifth Pan American Congress of Applied Mechanics, 1997.
  • Stochastic Structural Dynamics:  Proceedings ot the Third International Conference, Editor, January 1997.
  • Wind-induced failure of steel roof decks, Proceedings of the 7th Specialty Conf. On Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, ASCE, 1996, pp. 894-897.
  • Cost-Performance Criteria for Seismic Retrofitting, Proceedings of the 7th Specialty Conf. On Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, ASCE, 1996.
  • Column Design in Fire Exposed Steel Frames, Proceedings of the 7th Specialty Conf. On Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability, ASCE, 1996, pp. 906-909.
  • “Criterio Costo-Rendimiento para Retroalimentación Sísmica” (In Spanish), Proceedings of the 9th Latin American Conference on Seismic Engineering, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1996.