Susan Faraji

Susan Faraji, Civil Engineering

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Structural Engineering

Educational Background

B.S., Structural Engineering (Arya-Mehr University, 1979)
M.S. Structural Engineering (Northeastern University, 1979)
Ph.D., Structural Engineering (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1983)


Susan Faraji has been Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell since 1984.

Dr. Faraji received the B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from Arya-Mehr University (1977), the M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from Northeastern University (1979), and the Ph.D. in Structures and Applied Mechanics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1984). She has close to three decades of teaching, research, publication, and consulting experience.

In the past 26 years, she has taught a wide range of courses at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level, such as Concrete Design, Steel Design, Bridge Design, Seismic Design, Concrete Design, Finite Elements, Structural Dynamics, and Behavior of Structures.

She has conducted funded research for a wide variety of organizations. This includes extensive research on integral abutment bridges, funded by the Mass DOT, which resulted in a number of publications, analytical modeling of tentage frame structure for the United States Army, and additional research funded by other sources.

Dr. Faraji has an extended industrial experience, having worked with a variety of consulting firms, such as Shaw Group, Inc., Maguire Group, Purcell Associates, Bayside Engineering, and YAS Ventures, LLC. on diverse projects. Her work involves the analysis, design (using the latest design codes), and computer modeling of a wide range of structures. She has worked on more than 30 bridges and on aircraft, elevators, pontoons, ramps, concrete parking garages, domes, culverts, retaining walls, and steel and concrete frame buildings.