Associate Professor Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani

Principal Research Fellow

College of Science and Engineering

place Earth Sciences (213)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the National Centre for Groundwater Research & Training, College of Science & Engineering, Flinders University. He has been Full Professor at the Water and Environmental Engineering section, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran since 2008. He had the positions of Assistant Professorship (2000-2004), and Associate Professorship (2004-2008), and had different executive and managerial positions at SUT. He was the Head of Civil Engineering Department between 2005 and 2007 and Head of Water and Environmental Engineering Section for 6 years. Behzad had also been working as a Senior Research Fellow at GeoDelft and the Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Delft, The Netherlands for 3 years.

Behzad has worked on a wide range of exciting research problems concerning civil engineering. Most of the research involved numerical and experimental developments in managing surface and subsurface water resources quantity and quality. He has applied his expertise for engineering projects related to groundwater resources management, optimal management of freshwater lens in small islands, coastal aquifer dynamics, numerical and experimental study of impulsive waves due to landslides in lakes, and local scour development around at bridge piers hydraulic structures. Moreover, Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani has published several papers on research integrity including world-wide analyses of publication retraction rates.

Behzad was the guest editor for a Special Issue of Journal of Hydrology on “Improving model-data interaction in Hydrogeology: Insights from different disciplines” and a Thematic issue of Landslides on “Landslide Generated Tsunami Waves”. Behzad has successfully supervised more than fifty research students, including 9 PhD students.

Qualifications
  • Ph. D., Civil Engineering, 1998, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • M. Sc., Civil Engineering, 1991, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • B. S., Civil Engineering, 1988, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Honours, awards and grants
  • The best thematic issue editor of Landslides (Springer) in 2014-2016. 2016.
  • Forum Plenary Lecture, The 4th World Landslide Forum, Ljubljana, Slovenia, May 29 – June 2, 2017.
  • Travel grant by the organizers for Landslide Tsunami Model Validation Workshop sponsored by NOAA's National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP), Galveston, TX, January 9th-11th, 2017.
  • Supervision of The Best PhD Thesis (Asadi R.), Tavakoli award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2016.
  • Supervision of The Best PhD Thesis (Rajabi, M.M.), Tavakoli award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2015.
  • Top 10 Cited Paper 2012-2013. Advances in Water Resources, Seawater intrusion processes, investigation and management: Recent advances and future challenges Advances in Water Resources, Volume 51, January 2013, Adrian D. Werner, Mark Bakker, Vincent E.A. Post, Alexander Vandenbohede, Chunhui Lu, Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani, Craig T. Simmons, D.A. Barry.
  • Supervision of The Best PhD Thesis (Ketabchi, H.), Tavakoli award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2014.
  • Candidate for The Best Paper Award for the best paper published in Landslides: Journal of International Consortium on Landslides. Landslides (2013) 10:361–362, May 2013.
  • The 22nd Khwarizmi International Award, Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2009.
    Supervision of The Best PhD Thesis (Beheshti, A.A.), Tavakoli award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2009.
  • Supervision of The Best PhD Thesis (Najafi-Jillani, A.), Tavakoli award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2007.
  • Young Scientist Award, Second International Conference on Computer Methods for Engineering in Porous Media Flow and Transport, Besancon, France, 2000.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 1998-1999.
  • First rank in graduated M.Sc. students: Graduation Ceremony Award, Department of Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1991.
Higher degree by research supervision
Completion
Principal supervisor: PhD (9), MSc (45)

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