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NUST institute of Civil Engineering (NICE)
Dr. Fawad Ahmed Najam
Assistant Professor
NICE

NICE
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12,Islamabad Pakistan
Tel : 051-90854623

Specialization
Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Analysis Procedures, Performance-based Design of High-rise Buildings

Education
PhD (Structural Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology , Thailand ), MS (Structural Engineering, NUST  Pakistan) BSc. (Civil Engineering, University of Sciences and Technology , Taxila, Pakistan)

Dr. Fawad A. Najam is currently an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H 12 Islamabad, Pakistan. He has received Doctor of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand. His research work is focused on the evaluation of nonlinear seismic demands of highrise buildings using the simplified analysis procedures. His areas of interests include earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, seismic performance evaluation of tall buildings, nonlinear modeling of structures, software development, and seismic hazard and vulnerability assessment.

Dr. Najam holds an experience of over 10 years in the structural modeling, analysis and design of buildings, bridges and other structures. He has conducted professional trainings for over 1000 professionals in several countries in research areas related to structural analysis, design, dynamic analysis, and nonlinear analysis etc. He has also remained involved in the development of several software for structural engineering applications, including earthquake resistant design, structural detailing etc.

He may be contacted at NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE) at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), H 12 Islamabad, Pakistan.

 
 

1.   Performance-based Seismic Evaluation of Existing High-rise Buildings in Pakistan.

My Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan

Grant: 0.45 Million PKR

Duration: 12 Months, Project Status: On-going

 

2.   Expert Opinion on the Seismic Hazard Level and its Design Implications at Pakistan Gulpur Hydropower Project, District Kotli, AJK.

My Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Daelim-Lotte, South Korea

Grant: 1.275 Million PKR

Duration: 02 Months, Project Status: Complete

 

3.   Material- and Component Level Testing of Baltit Fort, Hunza, Pakistan

My Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan

Grant: 0.45 Million PKR

Duration: 04 Months, Project Status: Complete

 

4.    Finite Element Analysis of 3-D Masonry Structures for Crack Prediction using Continuum and Discrete Models

My Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan

Grant: 0.45 Million PKR

Duration: 12 Months, Project Status: On-going

 

5.   Assessing Physical and Infrastructural Vulnerability to Urban Flooding: A Case Study of Pakistan

My Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funding Agency: Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan

Grant: 0.30 Million PKR

Duration: 12 Months, Project Status: On-going

 

6.   Gap Analysis of Institutional Capacity in Disaster Preparedness and Response

My Role: Expert

Funding Agency: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan

Grant: 3.1 Million PKR

         Duration: 04 Months, Project Status: On-going
1) Books

·      Anwar N., and Najam F. A. “Structural Cross-sections: Analysis and Design”, 1st Edition. ISBN: 9780128044438, Publisher: Elsevier, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2016

(Details: www.amazon.com/Structural-Cross-Sections-Analysis-Design/dp/0128044438)

 2) Journal Articles

1.        Najam F. A., Warnitchai P., Qureshi M. I., Mehmood T. “Simplified Seismic Demand Estimation for Existing Tall Buildings in Thailand”, Structures and Buildings, ISSN 0965-0911, E-ISSN 1751-7702, https://doi.org/10.1680/jstbu.16.00088

2.Najam F. A., Qureshi M. I., Warnitchai P., Mehmood T. “Prediction of Nonlinear Seismic Demands of High-rise Rocking Wall Structures using a Simplified Modal Pushover Analysis Procedure”, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, ISSN 1541-7808, John Wiley & Sons Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/tal.1506

3. Najam F. A., Warnitchai P., Qureshi M. I., Mehmood T. “A Modified Response Spectrum Analysis Procedure to Determine Nonlinear Seismic Demands of High-rise Buildings with Shear Walls”, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, ISSN 1541-7808, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

4.        Anwar N., Uthayakumar A. and Najam F. A. “Significance of Soil-Structure Interaction in Seismic Response of Buildings”, NED University Journal of Research, Special Issue on First South Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (SACEE’19), Vol. 1, 2019. DOI: 10.35453/NEDJR-STMECH-2019-0004

5. Thilakarathna S. N., Anwar N., Norachan P. and Najam F. A. “The Effect of Wind Loads on the Seismic Performance of Tall Buildings”, Athens Journal of Technology and Engineering - Volume 5, Issue 3 – Pages 251-276, DOI: 10.30958/ajte.5-3-3

6.Rizwan S. A., Qureshi M. A., Najam F. A. “In-Situ Health Assessment of a Poorly Executed Pre-stressed In-Service Concrete Bridge and Suggesting a Rehabilitation Strategy - A Case Study”, Procedia Engineering, Vol. 54, 2013, PP 636-647, ISSN 1877-7058, 10.1016/j.proeng.2013.03.058. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877705813004128)

7. Najam F. A., Khushnood R. A., Rizwan S. A. “Paradigms for Employing Interactive Computing Tools and GUIs in Structural Engineering Problems”, International Journal of Engineering and Technology. PP 23-31, ISSN: 1793-823, DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2016.V6.853.

 

3) Book Chapters

1. Najam F. A. “Nonlinear Static Analysis Procedures for Seismic Performance Evaluation of Existing Buildings – Evolution and Issues”, Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Innovative Infrastructure Geotechnology: Facing the Challenges in Structural Engineering, ISBN 978-3-319-61913-2, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-61914-9, July, 2017.

2.  Suhail S. A., Najam F. A., Nawaz A. “Modeling and Analysis of Soil-Pile Interaction for Dynamic Loading- A Review”, Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: Innovative Infrastructure Geotechnology: Soil Dynamics and Soil-Structure Interaction, ISBN 978-3-319-63542-2, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-63543-9, July, 2017.

 

4) Conferences

1.        Pandey S., Vasanthapragash N., Warnitchai P. and Najam F. A. “Development of Modal Hysteretic Model for the Seismic Response Analysis of Tall Buildings with RC Shear Walls”, 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 22-25 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.

2.  Rajbhandari A. M., Anwar N., Castilo J. and Najam F. A. ”A Machine Learning-based Approach to the Preliminary Design of High-rise Buildings”, Thirteenth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, September 2018, Barcelona, Spain.

3. Rajbhandari A. M., Anwar N. and Najam F. A. “The use of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for the Preliminary Design of High-rise Buildings”, Eccomas Proceedia, 6th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (COMPDYN 2017), 15-17 June 2017, Pages 3949-3962, Rhodes Island, Greece.

4.  Najam F. A., Warnitchai P., Qureshi M. I. and Mehmood T. “A Simplified Modal Pushover Analysis Procedure based on Displacement Modification Approach”, 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 22-25 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand.

5.        Toe N. N. S., Anwar N., Aung T. H. and Najam F. A. “Seismic Loss Estimation of Nonstructural Components Based on Actual Parameters in High-Rise RC Shear Wall Buildings”, Australasian Structural Engineering Conference, September 2018, Adelaide, Australia.

6.        Anwar N., and Najam F. A. “How Latest Technological Advancements are Transforming the Structural Engineering Profession?”, 10th International Civil Engineering Conference (ICEC-2019) on Technological Transformation of Civil Engineering, February 2019, Karachi, Pakistan

7.        Anwar N., Uthayakumar A. and Najam F. A. “Significance of Soil-Structure Interaction in Seismic Response of Buildings”, 7th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering, 22-25 November 2018, Bangkok, Thailand

8.        Anwar N., and Najam F. A. “Composite Concrete Steel Constructions in Tall Buildings”, 1st International Conference on Concrete and Steel Technology Engineering and Design (CASTED), May 24-26, 2018, Manila, Philippines.

9.        Hassan W., Anwar N., Norachan P. and Najam F. A. “The Seismic Performance Evaluation of RC High-rise Buildings Designed to Various Building Codes”, IABSE Conference – Engineering the Developing World, April 25-27 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

10.     Anwar N., Muhammad A. I. and Najam F. A. “Construction Monitoring and Reporting using Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)”, The Tenth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-10), July 2nd-4th, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

11.     San H. S., Anwar N. and Najam F. A. “Optimum Span Length for Steel Composite Girder Expressway Bridges”, The Tenth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-10), July 2nd-4th, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

12.    Najam F. A. and Warnitchai P. “A Modified Response Spectrum Analysis Procedure to Determine Nonlinear Seismic Demands of High-Rise Buildings with Shear Walls”, 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (16WCEE), Santiago Chile, January 9th-13th 2017, Paper No. 1468.

13.    Warnitchai P., Mehmood T., Suwansaya P., Najam F. A. “Seismic Performance Evaluation of Tall Buildings using Modal Decomposition Approach”, 6th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (6ACEE), September 22-24, 2016, Cebu City, Philippines.

14.    Najam F. A. and Warnitchai P. “The Evaluation of Nonlinear Seismic Demands of RC Shear Wall Buildings using a Modified Response Spectrum Analysis Procedure”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (ICESD), 12-14 June 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.

15.     Zain M., Anwar N., Najam F. A. and Mehmood T. “A Simplified Methodology for Seismic Fragility Assessment of Reinforced Concrete High-rise Buildings”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Earthquake engineering and Structural Dynamics (ICESD), 12-14 June 2017, Reykjavik, Iceland.

16.     Zar Oo C. T., Anwar N., Aung T. H., Najam F. A. “The use of Linear Time History Analysis (LTHA) instead of Response Spectrum Analysis (RSA) for the Seismic Design of High-rise RC Shear Wall Buildings”, The 15th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-15), 11-13 October 2017, Xian, China.

17.    Najam F. A. and Warnitchai P. “A Modified Response Spectrum Analysis (MRSA) Procedure to Evaluate the Nonlinear Seismic Demands of Tall Buildings”, The 15th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-15), 11-13 October 2017, Xian, China.

18.    Nirman S., Anwar N., Norachan P., Najam F. A. “Effect of Wind Loads on the Seismic Performance of Tall Buildings”, 2nd Annual International Conference on Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 9-22 June 2017, Athens, Greece.

19.   Rajbhandari A. M., Anwar N. and Najam F. A. “The use of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for the Preliminary Design of High-rise Buildings”, 6th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (COMPDYN 2017), 15-17 June 2017, Rhodes Island, Greece.

20.     Anwar N. and Najam F. A. “Progression of Structural Design Approaches: Working Stress Design to Consequence-Based Engineering”, International Conference on Structural Engineering, ISCE - 2015, Society of Structural Engineers, Pages 13-25, Society of Structural Engineers, Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-9347-17-8.

21.     Anwar N., Aung T. H. and Najam F. A. “Smart Systems for Structural Response Control - An Overview”, 5th ASEP Convention on Concrete Engineering Practice and Technology (a. concept 16), May 19-20, 2016, Manila, Philippines.

22.     Anwar N., Najam F. A., Aung T. H. and Norachan P. “From Performance to Resilience A Recent Account of Seismic Design Philosophy”, 5th ASEP Convention on Concrete Engineering Practice and Technology (a. concept 16), May 19-20, 2016, Manila, Philippines.

23.    Najam F. A., Rizwan S. A. and Khushnood R. A. “Developing knowledge-based computational tools using MATLAB Novel applications in Concrete Materials Technology”, The second International Conference on Advances in Chemically-activated Materials (CAM 2014-China), E-ISBN: 978-2-35158-142-1, Pages 175-183, RILEM Publications, ISBN: 978-2-35158-141, Bagneux, France, 2014

24.    Najam F. A., Rizwan S. A. “Development and Automation of an Empirical Mix Proportioning Method for concretes with Indigenous Aggregates and Cements of Pakistan”, International conference on Advanced Concrete Technology & its Applications (ACTA-2012), Islamabad, Pakistan, 6-7 November 2012.

25.     Rao A. K, Giuseppe A. F, Sajjad A. and Najam F. A. “A Comparative Study on Highway Bridge Barriers Reinforced with Steel And GFRP Bars”. 72nd Annual Session of Pakistan Engineering Congress, Paper No. 742, Pages 197-224, 2013.

26.   Khushnood R. A, Najam F. A. and Sabir Z. A. “Retrofitting of Existing Columns of Buildings and Bridges Using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Sheets”. The 8th Central European Congress on Concrete Engineering and Durability of Concrete Structures, Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, October 4th 6th 2012.

 

5) Magazine Articles and Media-related Activities

1.  Najam F. A. “The Science of Earthquakes”, MIT Technology Review (Pakistan), October 8, 2017,  http://www.technologyreview.pk/the-science-of-earthquakes/

2.  Najam F. A. “12 Years After the October Earthquake, Is Pakistan Prepared to Handle Another ‘Big One’?”, MIT Technology Review (Pakistan), October 8, 2017,

http://www.technologyreview.pk/12-years-october-earthquake-pakistan-prepared-handle-another-big-one/

3.  Najam F. A. “When will the next Big One Come?” Express News (in Urdu Language), October 18, 2017, https://www.express.pk/story/968021/

4.        Anwar N. and Najam F. A. “A Well-kept Secret in Structural Design: Importance of Ductility in Structural Performance Analysis”, Technology - Asian Outlook on Engineering and Technology (M43-1215) published by AIT Solutions, AIT, ISSN 2286-9158, October 2017, Thailand.

5.        Anwar N., Najam F. A. “Consequence-based Engineering Approach towards Earthquake Disaster Mitigation”, Technology - Asian Outlook on Engineering and Technology (M43-1215) published by AIT Solutions, AIT, ISSN 2286-9158, December 2015, Thailand.

6.        Anwar N., Aung T. H., Najam F. A. “Smart Systems for Smart Structures”, Technology - Asian Outlook on Engineering and Technology (M44-1014-0215) published by AIT Solutions, AIT, December 2016, Thailand.

7.        Anwar N., Aung T. H., Najam F. A. “From Prescription to Resilience: Innovations in Seismic Design Philosophy”, Technology - Asian Outlook on Engineering and Technology (M44-1014-0215) published by AIT Solutions, AIT, December 2016, Thailand.

 6) Talks/Seminars/Non-refereed Publications

1.  Najam, F. A. and Warnitchai, P. “A Modified RSA Procedure to Determine Nonlinear Seismic Demands of Buildings”, International Seminar on “Design of Tall Buildings: Trends and Advancements for Structural Performance”, November 7-11, Sofitel, Bangkok, Thailand.

2.  Najam, F. A. and Warnitchai, P. “Estimating the Nonlinear Seismic Demands of High-rise RC Shear Wall Buildings using the MRSA Procedure”, International Seminar and Workshop on “Design of Tall Buildings” 24-25, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.

3.  Najam, F. A. Panel discussions on road and transport infrastructure in Jakarta, Indonesia.   International Student Conference 2015 on “Sustainable Urban and Human Settlements: Creating a Smart City for All” 16-25 January, 2015. Bandung, Indonesia. 

4.  Najam, F. A. and Warnitchai, P. “A Modified Response Spectrum Analysis Procedure” Research Exhibition by the AIT Student Union November 2016 at Conference Centre, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

Najam, F. A. and Warnitchai, P. “How safe are our buildings?” Research Exhibition by the AIT Student Union August 2015 at Conference Centre, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.
In last two years, I have taught following courses at undergraduate and graduate level.

        1)      CE 809 – Structural Dynamics [MS]

        2)      CE 897 – Performance-based Seismic Design of Buildings [MS]

        3)      CE 416 – Earthquake Engineering [BS]

        4)      CE 101 – Engineering Mechanics [BS]

        5)      CE 206 – Structural Analysis [BS]

Assistant Professor (October 2017 – Present)

NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE)

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan

 

Structural Engineer December (2014 - October 2017)

AIT Solutions, Thailand

 

Teaching Assistant (August 2012 - December 2014)

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SET)

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

 

Laboratory Engineer (August 2010 - August 2011)

NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE)

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan

 

Junior Lecturer (August 2009 - August 2010)

Department of Civil Engineering

Swedish College of Engineering and Technology (SCET), Pakistan

 

Course Instructor (June 2009 - August 2009)

Department of Civil Engineering

University of Engineering and Technology, UET Taxila, Pakistan