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Mohammad S. Alam


Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Office: POST 203H
Phone: (808) 956-9652
FAX: (808) 956-5014
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Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

  • Performance-based earthquake/tsunami/hurricane engineering.
  • Coastal community multi-hazard risk and resilience assessment.
  • Development and testing of structural systems under tsunami/hurricane wave and surge loading.
  • Development of GIS-based tools for lifeline damage and recovery.
  • High-performance and high-throughput computing.
  • Field reconnaissance following natural disasters.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, 2019.
  • M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering & Engineering Seismology, University of Pavia, Italy and Joseph Fourier University, France, 2008.
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), 2004.


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2024-Present.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Notre Dame, 2021-2023.
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Oregon State University, 2019-2021.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Oregon State University, 2013-2019.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh, 2011-2013.
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Brac University, Bangladesh, 2009-2010.

Courses Taught at UH ( in the last five years)

  • CEE 381: Structural Analysis (S’24)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
    o Member, EERI Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance Network (StEER)
  • Reviewer for:
    o Engineering Structure
    o Journal of Structural Engineering
    o Natural Hazards Review
    o Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering
    o Journal of Rehabilitation in Civil Engineering
    o Journal of Building Engineering
    o Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering
    o Material and Structures

Awards and Honors

  • NHERI 2022 SimCenter Travel Fellowship, 2022.
  • NHERI DesignSafe Artificial Intelligence Workshop on Natural Hazard Engineering Travel Fellowship, 2020.
  • NHERI SimCenter Programming Bootcamp Travel Fellowship, 2018.
  • Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship, Oregon State University, 2017-2018.
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, Oregon State University, 2013-2019.
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, European Commission MEES program, 2006-2008.

Research Grants

  • Development of WebGIS-based Tool for Probabilistic Damage and Restoration Modeling of Lifeline Systems. Agency: Cascadia Lifeline Program (CLiP). PI: Jaehoon, J. and Alam, M.S. Award amount: $58,964.


  1. Miyoshi, O. and Alam, M.S. (2015). “Manuals on Seismic Design of New Buildings”, developed as a part of the collaborative project “Capacity Development on Natural Disaster Resistant Techniques of Construction and Retrofitting of Public Buildings (CNCRP)” between the Public Works Department (PWD), Government of Bangladesh and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Journal Publications

  1. Alam, M. S., Barbosa, A.R., Mugabo, I., Cox, D. T., Park, H., Lee, D., and Shin, S. (2023). Elevated Light-frame Wood Residential Building Physical and Numerical Modeling of Damage due to Hurricane Surge and Waves. Engineering Structures, 294, 116774.
  2. Alam, M.S., Simpson, B., Barbosa, A. R. (2023). Fragility and Recovery Models of Energy, Water, and Wastewater systems for seismic regional risk and resilience assessment: state-of-the-art review and database. Natural Hazards Review, 24(4), 04023036.
  3. Alam, M.S., Simpson, B., Barbosa, A. R., Jung, J., Parulekar, N. (2023). Probabilistic Seismic Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology for Wastewater Network Incorporating Modeling Uncertainty and Correlations. Earthquake Spectra, 39(3), 1435-1472.
  4. Duncan, S., Cox, D. T., Barbosa, A.R., Lomonaco, P., Park, H., Alam, M.S., and Yu, C. (2021). Physical Modeling of Progressive Damage and Failure of Wood-Frame Coastal Residential Structures Due to Surge and Wave Forces. Coastal Engineering, 169, 103959.
  5. Park, H., Koh, M.J., Cox, D. T., Alam, M.S., and Shin, S. (2021). Experimental study of debris transport driven by a tsunami-like wave: Application for non-uniform density groups and obstacles. Coastal Engineering, 166, 103867.
  6. Romano, F., Alam, M.S., Faggella, M., Zucconi, M., Barbosa, A.R., Ferracuti, B. (2020). Seismic Demand Model Class Uncertainty in Seismic Loss Analysis for a Code-Designed URM Infilled RC Building. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 19, 429-462.
  7. Alam, M.S., Winter, A.O., Galan, G., Shekhar, K., Barbosa, A.R., Motley, M.R., Eberhard, M.O., Cox, D. T., Arduino, P., and Lomonaco, P. (2020). Tsunami-like Wave Induced Lateral and Uplift Pressures and Forces on an Elevated Coastal Structure. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 146(4), 04020006.
  8. Winter, A.O., Alam, M.S., K. Shekhar, K., Motley, M.R., Eberhard, M.O., Barbosa, A.R., Lomonaco, P., Arduino, P., and Cox, D. T. (2020). Tsunami-like Wave Forces on an Elevated Coastal Structure: Effects of Flow Shielding and Channeling. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 146(4), 04020021.
  9. Shekhar, K., Winter, A.O., Alam, M.S., K., Arduino, P., Miller, G.R., Motley, M.R., Eberhard, M.O., Barbosa, A.R., Lomonaco, P., and Cox, D. T. (2020). Conceptual Evaluation of Tsunami Debris Field Impact and Damming Forces. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 146(6),04020033
  10. Park, H., Alam, M.S., Cox, D. T., Barbosa, A. R., and van de Lindt, J. W. (2019). Probabilistic seismic and tsunami damage analysis (PSTDA) of the Cascadia Subduction Zone applied to Seaside, Oregon. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 35, 101076.
  11. Kameshwar, S., Cox, D. T., Barbosa, A. R., Farokhnia, K., Park, H., Alam, M. S., and van de Lindt, J. W. (2019). Probabilistic Decision-Support Framework for Community Resilience: Incorporating Multi-Hazards, Infrastructure Interdependencies, and Resilience Goals in a Bayesian Network. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 191, 106568.
  12. Alam, M.S., and Barbosa, A. R. (2018). Probabilistic Seismic Demand Assessment Accounting for Finite Element Model Class Uncertainty: Application to a Code-Designed URM Infilled Reinforced Concrete Frame Building. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 47(15), 2901-2920.
  13. Alam, M.S., Barbosa, A. R., Scott, M. H., Cox, D. T., and van de Lindt, J. W. (2018). Development of Physics-Based Tsunami Fragility Functions Considering Structural Member Failures. Journal of Structural Engineering, 144(3), 04017221.
  14. Park, H., Cox, D. T., Alam, M. S., and Barbosa, A. R. (2017). Probabilistic Seismic and Tsunami Hazard Analysis Conditioned on a Megathrust Rupture of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Frontiers in Built Environment, 3, 32.
  15. Alam, M. S., Sajjad, M. R., Yasir, Z., and Haque, F. M. M. (2013). A Statistical Study on Structural Characteristics of RC Building Stock of Dhaka City for Seismic Loss Assessment Application. In Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 330, pp. 884-888.
  16. Alam, M. S., Sakib, N., and Mumtaz, M. (2011). Seismic Loss Assessment of Dhaka for Scenario Earthquakes Using a Displacement-Based Method. International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 11(5), 29-33.


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