Bio

Dr. Salman Soleimani-Dashtaki obtained his PhD in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2018, working on Seismic Strengthening of Unreinforced Masonry Walls Using Sprayable Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). He received his BASc with a minor in commerce from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Dr. Soleimani has been an active member of the both UBC and BC chapters of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and he now serves on the Board of Directors of the BC EERI Chapter. He is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow and a sessional lecturer at the civil engineering department of the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver. 

 

As part of his doctoral work at UBC, Dr. Soleimani worked on multi-disciplinary research projects, focusing on structural and earthquake engineering as well as high-performance construction materials. During his research carrier at UBC, he has been conducting comprehensive experimental programs, jointly between the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) and the Sustainable Infrastructure Research Group (SIERA), towards development of practical seismic retrofit strategies for unreinforced masonry (URM) and heritage style structures. Dr. Soleimani has worked on an innovative UBC developed sprayable composite material, called Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC), and strengthening techniques for seismically retrofitting URM partition walls at BC schools. 

 

Dr. Soleimani has co-chaired two international conferences, organized a large number of technical seminars and workshops, and has served on the scientific committees of various international meetings. He has co-edited two books on New Horizons for Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC: The Modern Landscape) and the Modern Developments in Performance of Structures Under Extreme Loading, and has authored a number of articles and technical reports on sustainable construction materials, retrofit techniques for unreinforced masonry, materials undergoing extreme loading, structural health monitoring (SHM), ambient vibration techniques, and operational modal analysis.

Research Interests

Novel Construction Materials; Concrete Technology; Integrated Structures-Materials Schemes; Engineered Cementitious Composites; Micromechanics; Smart Sensors; Structural Rehabilitation; Heritage Restoration; Seismic Retrofit; Masonry; Structural Health Monitoring; Non-Destructive Testing; Structural Dynamics; Impact Loading; Early Warning Systems.

Courses

CIVL 225 Computer Applications in Civil Engineering (VSP)
CIVL 235 Plane Surveying
CIVL 320 Civil Engineering Materials
CIVL 420 Concrete Technology
CIVL 597 Seminar (Engineering Materials)

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2019, HQP Leadership Award, IC-IMPACTS: Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence
  • 2018, Governor General’s Gold Medal (nominated), The Governor General of Canada

Publications

  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Ventura, C. E., Banthia, N., Hosseini, M., Soleimani, S. White, T. (2020). Out-of-Plane Behaviour of URM Walls Sprayed With Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 17WCEE, Sendai, Japan.
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Banthia, N., Ventura, C. E. (2019). A robust seismic strengthening technique for Unreinforced Masonry (URM) walls, using sprayable Eco-Friendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). Concreto & Construções Journal, Ed. 95, Jul-Sep, 2019. pp. 56-65.
  • Banthia, N., Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Kodur, V., Wu, B., Fujikake, K., and Suresh, N. (Editors). Modern Developments in Performance of Structures Under Extreme Loading. Proceedings of PROTECT 2019, the 7th International Colloquium on Performance, Protection, & Strenghtening of Structures Under Extreme Loading & Events. September 16-17, 2019. Whistler, BC, Canada. The University of British Columbia ©2019. ISBN: 987-0-88865-341-3.
  • S. Soleimani-Dashtaki, C. E. Ventura, N. Banthia (2019). A Robust Seismic Strengthening Technique for Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Walls, using Sprayable Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). The 2nd China-Canada Symposium on Structural and Earthquake Engineering (CCSSEE), December 9-11, 2019 – Guangzhou, China.
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S. (2018). Seismic Strengthening of Unreinforced Masonry Walls using sprayable Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). Doctoral Decertation. Vancouver, BC, Canada: The University of British Columbia.
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Ventura, C. E., & Banthia, N. (2017). Seismic Strengthening of Unreinforced Masonry Walls using Sprayable Eco-Friendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). 6th International Workshop on Performance, Protection & Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading, PROTECT2017, 11-12 December 2017. Procedia Engineering. Guangzhou (Canton), China: ELSEVIER (Engineering Procedia).
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Soleimani, S., Wang, Q., Banthia, N., & Ventura, C. E. (2017). Effect of high strain-rates on the tensile constitutive response of Ecofriendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC). PROTECT2017: The 6th International Workshop on Performance, Protection & Strengthening of Structures under Extreme Loading. Engineering Procedia. Guangzhou (Canton), China: ELSEVIER (Engineering Procedia).
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Banthia, N., Ventura, C. E. (2017). Two chapter constributions on the EDCC retrofit technique (URM #11) to the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines for BC Low-Rise School Buildings, 3rd Edition (SRG III). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: University of British Columbia, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC), and the BC Ministery of Education.
  • Kaheh, P., Shrive, N., Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Banthia, N. (2016). Influence of eco-friendly ductile cementitious composites (EDCC) on in-plane behaviour of hollow concrete masonry walls. Brick and Block Masonry – Trends, Innovations and Challenges – Modena, da Porto & Valluzzi (Eds). © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-1-138-02999-6.
  • Banthia, N., di Prisco, M., and Soleimani-Dashtaki, S. (Editors). FRC: The Modern Landscape. Proceedings of BEFIB 2016, the 9th RILEM International Symposium on Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC). September 19-21, 2016. Vancouver, BC, Canada. RILEM Proceedings PRO 116. RILEM Publications S.A.R.L. © 2016 RILEM – Tous droits réservés, Paris, France. ISBN: 978-2-35158-187-2/e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-186-5.
  • Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., Moayedi, F., & Ventura, C. E. (2015). Effect of Foundation Rocking on the Dynamic Characteristics of a 30-Story Concrete Shear Wall Building. Dynamics of Civil Structures, Proceedings of the 33rd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics (IMAC XXXIII). Volume 2, pp. 11-30. Orlando, Florida: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.
  • Soleimani, S., Moayedi, F., & Ventura, C. E. (2015). Determination of Full Modal Properties and Effects of Foundation Rocking on the Dynamic Characteristics of Two High-Rise Concrete Shear Wall Buildings. Proceedings of IOMAC 2015, the sixth International Operational Modal Analysis Conference. Gijón, Spain.
  • Moayedi, F., Soleimani-Dashtaki, S., & Ventura, C. E. (2015). Determination of Modal Properties of an Irregular 20-story Concrete Shear Wall Building. Dynamics of Civil Structures, Proceedings of the 33rd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics (IMAC XXXIII). Volume 2, pp. 1-10. Orlando, Florida: Springer International Publishing Switzerland.