2023 Faculty Grant Recipients

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri, PhD 

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri, PhD

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri, PhD, of Arizona State University, based on his proposal for “Development of a Non-Destructive Testing Course with an Extensive NDT Simulation Component,” is an associate professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks at Arizona State University. Following a PhD in civil engineering with research focused on structural health monitoring and nondestructive testing/evaluation (NDT/E) from University at Buffalo, he took up a position for two years as an NDT/E scientist at Materials and Processes Engineering in General Electric. He is the author of over 30 scientific journal publications, 33 conference publications/presentations, and 13 US and European pending and approved patents. Dehghan-Niri’s main research interests include bio-inspired acoustic sensing, acoustic-based testing and monitoring methods for inspection of infrastructures and mechanical systems, robotic inspection, and in situ quality control of advanced manufacturing. In 2021, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Dehghan-Niri was the recipient of the ASNT Student Travel Grant (2012, 2013, 2014), Young NDT Professional Recognition (2017), and Fellowship Award (2020, 2021). His current research is supported by NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, NIH, DOT, and several industrial companies.

 
Saman Hedjazi, PhD 

Saman Hedjazi, PhD

Saman Hedjazi, PhD, of Georgia Southern University, based on his proposal for “Introduction to Non-Destructive Testing and Forensic Evaluation,” is an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering and Construction Department at Georgia Southern University. He holds a PhD in civil-structural engineering and, in addition to academia, he has worked as a professional civil-structural engineer and structural designer, where he has obtained a strong practical knowledge in the area of civil and structural engineering.

Hedjazi’s areas of research include experimental and numerical analyses of steel and concrete structures and bridges, NDT methods, structural health monitoring, steel and concrete structures’ durability, corrosion, deterioration, and structural rehabilitation.

Since joining Georgia Southern University in fall 2017, Hedjazi has actively participated in teaching and scholar activities in the area of structural engineering and NDT/E of structures and materials. As a scholar he has secured several research grants, published in peer-reviewed journals, presented in national and international conferences, and established NDT and corrosion research laboratories at Georgia Southern University.