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Meet Civil Engineer Hakob Avetisyan

Research Efforts Focus on Sustainable Solutions

Nov. 20, 2013

Hakob Avetisyan is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

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As a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, civil engineer Hakob Avetisyan tackled research projects that addressed the real-world challenges of environmental sustainability and energy, transportation and construction management.

Avetisyan, who joined the College of Engineering and Computer Science this fall as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has garnered awards for his scholarly work and his research related to construction, transportation and energy industries, port security and seismic analysis of bridges has been published in prestigious journals.

His achievements include earning the 2012 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, a publication of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Avetisyan is the lead author on a paper in construction management, published in the journal in May 2012, which addresses solutions to greenhouse emissions in transportation construction projects.

"I apply innovative approaches to sustainability-related problems in industries. I also investigate industries and propose solutions to existing problems," explained Avetisyan.

Avetisyan, a native of Armenia, says teaching is a gratifying part of academic life. He was recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the University of Maryland, and as a new CSUF faculty member, he hopes to inspire his students, encourage them to think critically and promote love of the discipline.

"The rewarding part of teaching is adding intellectual value to the students' lives, helping them to improve understanding and appreciation of the material by reiterating ideas and linking ideas to related examples," he said.

Avetisyan of Irvine speaks fluent Armenian and Russian. He earned his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland and master's degrees in civil engineering and environmental studies at Ohio University. He also earned a master's in civil engineering from Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction in Yerevan, Armenia.

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