Dr. Siamak Sattar is a Research Structural Engineer in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), at NIST. His research interests include earthquake engineering, nonlinear modeling of concrete structures, seismic assessment of concrete and masonry infilled structures, performance-based seismic design, and quantification of modeling uncertainty.
Prior to joining NIST in March 2014, Dr. Sattar was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he pursued his Ph.D. His Ph.D. research was focused on the seismic evaluation of masonry infilled and bare reinforced concrete frame buildings. In addition, he worked with a team of practitioners and researchers on developing a new simplified evaluation methodology for existing buildings (ATC-78 project). During his graduate studies, he also re-initiated the EERI student chapter at University of Colorado-Boulder, after being inactive for several years, and served as the president of the chapter.
In addition to conducting research, Dr. Sattar also worked as a consultant for a non-profit engineering organization, GeoHazards International (GHI), where he focused on the seismic performance assessment of hillside concrete structures in India. Prior to joining the graduate program at the University of Colorado, he also worked for four years as a structural engineer specializing in design of concrete and steel structures.