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Yousef Mohammadi Darestani


Yousef is a PhD candidate in Structural Engineering at the Ohio State University. He joined RAMSIS lab in August 2014 as a Graduate Research Associate. Prior to that, he got his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2011 and his M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2014. His research focuses on reliability and resilience assessment and enhancement of power distribution lines against hurricanes. His research is supported by National Science Foundation. The goal of his research is to improve the current knowledge on the behavior of distribution lines by developing stochastic Finite Element models for distribution lines integrated with time-dependent decay models to simulate the current and future state of the response of distribution poles to various climate conditions. Moreover, his research will develop novel multi-dimensional fragility functions for utility lines and merged them with hurricane hazard models, distribution network's response and restoration models to devise methods to improve the resilience of power networks.