Farzad Shafiei Dizaji

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Engineering and Society
Office location and address
156 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
M.S. Structural Engineering, University of Virginia, 2019
M.S. Earthquake Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2008
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, 2005

I received my first Master of Science degree in the realm of earthquake engineering from Iran University of Science & Technology (Centre of excellence for fundamental structural studies). Being passionate about the mathematics and fundamental concepts of topics in the engineering, I decided to concentrate on the more theoretical aspects of my research field. Thus, I chose to work on “Graph theoretical methods and Algebra methods for optimizing structural matrices” under supervision of Prof. Ali Kaveh who is a well-known for his theoretical researches on Structural Engineering. After studying graph theory and getting familiar with its concepts I could come up with some novel techniques which led to an improvement in optimizing structural matrices and implement a few of them. I also published a couple of papers in different journals from my thesis. What’s more, I got my second master of science in structural engineering from the University of Virginia. For my thesis, I proposed and worked on two structural mitigation systems. One of them was funded by NSF and finally became my thesis title. The other system I just wrote 26 pages of the proposal.

Engaging students and having them to care about a subject matter without memorizing the materials can be difficult, but it is crucial to my teaching philosophy. I believe that to teach mathematical courses to the students, a good candidate should not only have a great mathematical background, but also be familiar with engineering framework to convey the concepts more effectively. Having an engineering background helps me to look at the mathematics in a more sensible fashion rather than just an abstract concept and I believe that this viewpoint can be helpful to me to be a successful lecturer.

APMA 1110: Single Variable Calculus II
Credits: 4
Advanced techniques of integration are introduced, and integration is used in physics applications like fluid force, work, and center of mass. Improper integrals and approximate integration using Simpson's Rule are also studied. Infinite series including Taylor series are studied and numerical methods involving Taylor polynomials are studied. Parametric equations and polar coordinates are introduced and applied. Complex numbers are introduced.
APMA 2120: Multivariable Calculus
Credits: 4
Topics include vectors in three-space and vector valued functions. The multivariate calculus, including partial differentiation, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, and the vector calculus, including Green's theorem, the divergence theorem, and Stokes's theorem. Applications. Prerequisite: APMA 1110.
APMA 2130: Ordinary Differential Equations
Credits: 4
First order differential equations, second order and higher order linear differential equations, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, Laplace transforms, linear systems of first order differential equations and the associated matrix theory, numerical methods. Applications. Prerequisite: APMA 2120 or equivalent.

Awarded Scholarship, Engineering Systems and Environment (2016-2019)

Awarded Scholarship Teacher and Assistant, Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida (2015-2016)

Awarded member of National Elites Foundation, society of prominent students of IRAN (2010)

Awarded Scholarship, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2005-2008)