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Ali Ashrafi

Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP BD+C Principal


Ali Ashrafi is a member of our Forensics practice and its Advanced Analytics group. He has a depth of experience in structural design and modifications, seismic and wind performance-based design, advanced analytics, nonlinear and dynamic analysis, deconstruction engineering, emergency response and forensic investigation. He specializes in performance-based fire engineering and uses a range of advanced analysis tools to predict how structures will behave during a fire. Ali has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching the course Earthquake and Wind Engineering since 2011, and where he also introduced a short course on Structural Fire Engineering in 2020. He is the author of numerous technical papers and articles and is a frequent presenter at academic and industry conferences and events. Ali also serves as a reviewer for several technical journals, is vice-chair of ASCE's Fire Protection Committee and a member of its Dynamics Committee.


Ph.D., Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University

M.Sc., Civil Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Ali enjoys the breadth of engineering. One day, he’s designing a new structure, and the next, he's investigating how another sustained damage.