About Me

Dr. Arash E. Zaghi received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he worked on the seismic behavior of novel bridge column and connection details.  After graduating, he stayed with UNR as a Research Scientist to oversee two major research projects involving system-level shake table experiments. He is a recent recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award. This prestigious award will support him in pursuing his goal of promoting innovation by increasing neurodiversity in engineering.


  • Application of novel materials and systems for multi-hazard mitigation
  • Design of bridges for extreme events such as earthquakes, blasts, and truck fires
  • Innovative repair techniques for aging bridges
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC)
  • System-level, large-scale structural experiments
  • Seismic design of structural/nonstructural components
  • Nurturing creativity in engineering education

UConn Engineering News

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A Grad’s Remarkable Journey From Peru to the United States

UConn Engineering graduate Ada Liz Gabancho-Soto is employed by the Connecticut Water Company as a Service Delivery Performance Systems Administrator, . . .

Published: Mar 07, 2023

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Remembering Samuel Altschuler: Alum, Philanthropist, and Advisor

UConn Engineering alum Samuel Altschuler died at the age of 95 on February 5 at his home in Lexington, Mass. . . .

Published: Feb 27, 2023

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Andres Godoy Wins Chateaubriand Fellowship

Graduate student Andres Godoy recently won the prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship to study at the Université Grenoble Alpes in France. . . .

Published: Feb 27, 2023

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