2021 40 Under 40: Amir H. Gandomi, 39
Professor, University of Technology Sydney; Ph.D., Engineering (Civil), The University of Akron
Gandomi is a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award fellow of the Australian Research Council, the highest early-career award in Australia. Before joining the University of Technology Sydney, he was an assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a visiting professor at the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Lab at the University of Paris. From 2008 to 2011, he performed many studies in structural engineering and also worked in two consulting engineering companies as a structure designer. In 2011, he moved to the U.S. to continue his studies in structural engineering. After receiving his doctoral degree, he earned a postdoctoral research fellowship from an NSF science and technology center, called BEACON, headquartered at Michigan State University. Gandomi is a prominent researcher on applications of evolutionary computation/intelligence, a subset of artificial intelligence, in structural engineering problems. Through this research, he applies evolutionary computation approaches to two types of problems: data-driven formulation and optimization of complex systems. He has published more than 200 journal papers and seven books, which collectively have been cited 20,000-plus times. In addition, he has been very active in delivering talks, keynotes and presentations at civil engineering conferences. He has improved concrete-related formulas that are widely used in everyday civil engineering projects and has applied evolutionary computation to other structural engineering problems such as design optimization of reinforced earth walls and retaining walls, truss and frame optimization and large-scale tower optimization. When he’s not working, Gandomi enjoys playing electric guitar, tennis and soccer.