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Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC, 2015
M.Sc. in Civil-Earthquake Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2008
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran, 2005

Contact information:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office:  6-306 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
Phone:  780 248 1913
Email:  imanpour@ualberta.ca

General Information

Ali Imanpour joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2017. Prof. Imanpour was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University before joining the University of Alberta. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a structural engineer for the Deputy of Research at the University of Tehran, Iran. Prof. Imanpour is a licensed professional engineer in Alberta and Québec. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior and design of structures. His current research activities include the development of seismic design procedures for steel framed structures using analytical and experimental methods. He is also interested in high performance steel materials and the development of sustainable and resilient structural systems including rocking steel frames, prefabricated steel panels and composite steel-timber structures. Research positions are available for MSc and PhD students along these research areas.

Research Interests

  • Stability of structures
  • Nonlinear simulation techniques
  • Seismic design of steel structures
  • Large-scale structural testing
  • Connection behaviour
  • Sustainable structural systems
  • Seismic evaluation and rehabilitation of existing buildings

Professional Experience

  • 2017 to present, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta.
  • 2016 – 2017, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University, Montreal, QC.
  • 2006 – 2010, Structural Designer, Deputy of Research, University of Tehran, Iran.

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Professional Engineer, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE-SCGC)
  • Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC-ICCA)
  • Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering (CAEE-ACGP)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Inistitute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Current Collaborators

  • Professor Robert Driver, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Professor Samer Adeeb, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Professor Ying Hei Chui, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Professor Robert Tremblay, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, Canada
  • Professor Dimitrios Lignos, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Professor Larry Fahnestock, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Urbana, USA

Courses Offered

  • CIV E 374 Structural Design I
  • CIV E 479 Structural Design III
  • CIV E 670 Behaviour and Design of Steel Members
  • CIV E 678 Behaviour and Design of Steel Seismic Force Resisting Systems

Refereed Journal Papers

  • Ameli I, Asgarian B, Lin M, Agbo S, Imanpour A, Duan D-M, Cheng R, Adeeb S. (2018). Determination of CMOD-force curves and R-curves in side-grooved single edge notched tensile (SENT) specimens in welded X42 pipeline steel. International Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping. 163: 68-74.
  • Imanpour A, Leclerc M, Siguier R, Tremblay R. (2017). Application of hybrid simulation for the evaluation of the buckling response of steel braced frame columns. Ernst & Sohn, ce/papers Special Issue, doi:10.1002/cepa.339. 1(2-3): 2877-2888.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Fahnestock L, Stoakes C. (2016). Analysis and Design of Two-Tiered Steel Braced Frames for under In-plane Seismic Response. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 142(11): 04016115.
  • Imanpour A, Auger K, Tremblay R. (2016). Seismic Design of Multi-Tiered Steel Braced Frames Including the Contribution from Gravity Columns under In-plane Seismic Demand. Journal of Advances in Engineering Software. 101: 106-122.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2016). Seismic Design and Response of Steel Multi-Tiered Concentrically Braced Frames in Canada. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. 43(10): 908–919.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Davaran A, Stoakes C, Fahnestock L. (2016). Seismic Performance Assessment of Multitiered Steel Concentrically Braced Frames Designed in Accordance with the 2010 AISC Seismic Provisions. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 142(12). DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001561.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2016). Analysis Methods for the Design of Special Concentrically Braced Frames with Three and More Tiers for In-Plane Seismic Demand. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0001696.
  • Mirghaderi R, Torabian S, Imanpour A. (2010). Seismic Performance of the Accordion-Web RBS Connection. Journal of Constructional Steel Research. 66(2): 277-288.

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Iqbal A, Imanpour A, Wu K-Y. (2018). Seismic Response of Post-Tentioned Timber-Steel Hybrid Braced Frames, 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 20-23.
  • Cano P-A, Imanpour A. (2018). Evaluation of Seismic Design Methods for Steel Multi-Tiered Special Concentrically Braced Frames. SSRC annual stability conference, Baltimore, MD, United States, April 10-13.
  • Ji X-L, Driver R-G, Imanpour A. (2018). Lateral-Torsional Buckling Response of Welded Wide Flange Girders. SSRC annual stability conference, Baltimore, MD, United States, April 10-13.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Leclerc M, Siguier R. (2018). Development of Hybrid Simulation Computational Model for Steel Braced Frames. Proceedings of STESSA 2018, 9th International Conference on Behavior of Steel Structures in Sseismic Area, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Imanpour A. (2017). Experimental Evaluation of the Stability Response of Steel Braced Frame Columns Using Hybrid Simulation. The 1st  China-Canada Symposium on Structural and Earthquake Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 20-24.
  • Guillaume T, Balazadeh-Minouei Y, Imanpour A, Koboevic S, Tremblay R. (2017). Stability of Columns in Steel Concentrically Braced Frames Subjected to Seismic Loading. Proceedings of the SEI/ASCE Structures Congress 2017, Denver, U.S. (143-154).
  • Lignos D, Elkady A, Suzuki Y, Hartloper A, Cravero J, Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2017). Dynamic Stability of Steel Columns in Steel Moment-Resisting Frames – Experiments, Design Recommendations and Nonlinear Modeling for Performance Based Seismic Engineering. SEI/ASCE Structures Congress 2017, Denver, U.S.
  • Tremblay R, Leclerc M, Imanpour A. (2017). Multidirectional Seismic Testing of Steel Braced Frame Columns at Polytechnique Montreal. UT-SIM Workshop, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.
  • Auger K, Balazadeh-Minouei Y, Elkady A, Imanpour A, Leclerc M, Lignos D, Toutant G, Tremblay R. (2016). Multi-Directional Structural Component Hybrid Testing System for the Assessment of the Seismic Response of Steel I-Shaped Columns. Proceeding of 11th Pacific Structural Steel Conference, Shanghai, China.
  • Imanpour A, Lignos D, Clifton C, Tremblay R. (2016). Comparison of Seismic Design Requirements for Steel Moment Resisting Frames with Emphasis on Stability of Columns in North America, New Zealand, and Europe. Proceeding of 11th Pacific Structural Steel Conference, Shanghai, China.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2016). Seismic Design Procedure for Steel Multi-Tiered Concentrically Braced Frames beyond CSA S16 Limit. Proceeding of 2016 CSCE Annual Conference. 5th International Structural Specialty, London, Canada.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2014). Seismic Design of Steel Multi-Tiered Braced Frames: Application of Incremental Static Analysis for Design of Steel Multi-Tiered Braced Frames. Proceeding of EUROSTEEL 2014, ECCS European Convention for Constructional Steelwork. 7th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures, Napels, Italy.
  • Imanpour A, Auger K, Tremblay R. (2014). Seismic Design of Multi-Tiered Steel Braced Frames Including the Contribution from Gravity Columns. Proceeding of 12th International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Civil-Comp Press, Napels, Italy.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2014). Seismic Performance Evaluation and Design of Multi-Tiered Steel Concentrically Braced Frames. Proceeding of 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 10NCEE, Anchorage, U.S.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Davaran A. (2014). A New Seismic Design Method for Steel Multi-Tiered Braced Frames. Proceedings of the SEI/ASCE Structures Congress 2014, Boston, U.S. (2707-2720).
  • Imanpour A, Stoakes C, Tremblay R, Fahnestock L, Davaran A. (2013). Seismic Stability Response of Columns in Multi-Tiered Braced Steel Frames for Industrial Applications. Proceedings of the SEI/ASCE Structures Congress 2013, Pittsburgh, U.S. (2650-2661).
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Davaran A. (2012). Seismic Evaluation of Multi-Panel Steel Concentrically Braced Frames. Proceedings of 5th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R. (2012). Analytical Assessment of Stability of Unbraced Column in Multi Panel Concentrically Braced Frames. Proceeding of 2012 CSCE Annual Conference. 3rd International Structural Specialty, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Imanpour A, Tremblay R, Davaran A. (2012). Seismic Performance of Steel Concentrically Braced Frames with Bracing Members Intersecting Columns between Floors. Proceedings of STESSA 2012, Taylor & Francis. 7th International Conference on Behavior of Steel Structures in Seismic Area, Santiago, Chile (447-453).
  • Mirghaderi R, Torabian S, Imanpour A. (2009). Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a New Reduced Beam Section Moment Connection. Proceedings of STESSA 2009, Taylor & Francis. 6th International Conference on Behavior of Steel Structures in Seismic Area, Bethlehem PA, U.S. (879-884).

Current Ph.D. Students

  • Abolfazl Ashrafi – Seismic response and design steel multi-tiered eccentrically braced frames

Current Ph.D. Students (co-Supervised)

  • Safa Masajedian – Progressive collapse resistance of composite steel structures under corner column removal (co-advised with Prof. Robert Driver, University of Alberta)
  • Sylvester Agbo – Tensile capacity of steel pipelines with different circumferential flaw sizes subjected to bending and internal pressure (co-advised with Prof. Samer Adeeb, University of Alberta)
  • Ahmed Mowafy – Steel-timber rocking braced frame for earthquake resistant design (co-advised with Prof. Ying Hei Chui, University of Alberta)

Current M.Sc. Students

  • Pablo Cano – Evaluation of seismic design methods for steel multi-tiered concentrically braced frames
  • Eshagh Derakhshan Houreh – Development of simplified seismic design guidelines for steel concentrically braced frames in regions of low and moderate seismicity
  • Akram Zain – Development of advanced prefabricated structural system for low-rise steel buildings

Current M.Eng. Students

Current M.Sc. Students (co-Supervised)

  • Dimple Ji – Lateral-torsional buckling response of modern welded wide-flange steel girders (co-advised with Prof. Robert Driver, University of Alberta)
  • Sheldon Twizell – Numerical evalution of the stability resposne of welded wide flange girders (co-advised with Prof. Robert Driver, University of Alberta)

Current Undergraduate Students

  • David Luschuk (USRA) – Evaluation of structural response of steel shipping containers for use in modular construction

Former Students

  • Pablo Cano, B.Sc., now M.Sc. Student, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Daniel Brockerville, B.Sc.
  • Aleksandar Burkus, B.Sc.
  • Sheldon Twizell, now M.Sc. Student, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada