Dr Donya Hajializadeh

Senior Lecturer in Civil/Structural Engineering

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Engineering and the Built Environment

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Built environment

Donya has over five years of industry experience and academic teaching after completing her PhD in Bridge Engineering. She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), registered European Engineer (EUR ING), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Committee Member of the ICE Essex Branch.


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Donya obtained her PhD in Bridge Engineering from the School of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD) with her thesis title: ‘Combined Probabilistic Modelling of Load and Resistance in Bridges’. 

After completion of her PhD, she spent three years in the industry as a Research Engineer, where she was a technical lead on a number of high-profile commercial projects successfully delivered to clients on-time and on-budget.

Donya has a track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. She has over five years’ experience in preparing national and international research funding applications and successfully securing research grant for large-scale projects.

She has a strong reputation within the Engineering and the Built Environment Department for adapting and delivering innovative teaching and learning techniques and strategies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and providing pastoral care to ARU students.

Donya is an active member of several professional bodies, including the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (IEI), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES).

Honours and Awards
  • Recipient of the Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Scholarship, awarded by the European Commission for the duration of the PhD at University College Dublin, completed under supervision of Professor Eugene J. O’Brien.
  • Ranked 7th in the Overall Degree GPA among 120 students of the Civil Engineering School at Sharif University of Technology and awarded Exemption from Master's Degree National Entrance Exam as an 'Exceptionally Talented Student'.
  • Nominated by ARU students for the ‘Outstanding Personal Tutor Award’ for two consecutive years (2016–17 and 2017–18).

Research interests

Industry-focused research experience and interest in: 
  • Structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • Bridge weigh-in-motion (WIM)
  • Bridge traffic load modelling
  • Advanced finite element modelling (FEM)
  • Risk and reliability assessment of bridges
  • Resilience assessment of critical infrastructure


Module Leader for:
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Design Technology in Civil Engineering
  • Highway Design and Construction
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Group Project
  • Dissertation Module


  • PhD in Bridge Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD)
  • MEng in Offshore and Hydraulic Structure Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
  • BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
  • PG Cert. in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • European Engineer (EUR ING), The European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng), The Institution of Engineers of Ireland (IEI)
  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Elected as the ICE Essex Regional Committee Member in Oct. 2016
  • Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • Member of the Women's Engineering Society (MWES)
Served as a technical reviewer for the following international journals:
  • Journal of Bridge Engineering – The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  • Bridge Engineering Journal – The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Open Journal of Civil Engineering – Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP)
  • International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation (emeraldinsight)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Led the NERC-funded Project: Resilience and Vulnerability-based Decision Support System (RV-DSS) considering Infrastructure Interdependencies – Case Study of North Argyll, Scotland as Principal Investigator (PI) in collaboration with industry partners Transport Scotland, Scottish Water, SSE and Atkins.
  • Co-led an ARU-funded feasibility project of 3Rs (Risk, Reliability and Resilience) in critical infrastructure.
  • Co-led an ARU-funded project on resilience strategy development for critical infrastructure networks.
  • Work-package leader of EU 7th Framework Programme-funded RAIN project, leading a consortium of six organisations across the EU.
  • Technical lead and co-lead of EU 7th Framework Programme-funded BridgeMon and DESTinationRAIL projects, developing virtual structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for bridges.
  • Technical co-lead of CEDR-funded Re-Gen project, developing a reliability assessment guideline for bridges subjected to stationary and growing traffic.
  • Technical co-lead of EU 7th Framework Programme-funded SMARTRAIL project involving the development of a software tool to calculate the accumulated fatigue damage at any point on a railway bridge over its entire service life.
  • Technical co-lead of Transport Infrastructure Ireland-funded project developing a simple and efficient process for verifying the load carrying capacity of structures on the Irish Motorway Network, considering the codified abnormal vehicle loadings which they have been designed to carry.

Selected recent publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Hajializadeh, D. and Astaraie-Imani, M. ‘Quantification of Complex System Properties’. Journal of Infrastructure Systems (Under review).

Hajializadeh, D., Žnidarič, A., Kalin, J. and O’Brien, E.J. ‘RB-WIM: Innovative Weigh-in-Motion System for Railway Bridges’. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit (Under review).

Connolly, L., O’Brien, E.J., O’Connor, A., Hajializadeh, D., Leahy, C. and Bowe, C. ‘Deterministic and Probabilistic Dynamic Allowance for Railway Bridges from Measurement’. International Journal of Railway Technology (Under review).

O’Brien, E.J., Zhang, L., Zhao, H., Hajializadeh, D. and Shao, Z. (2018) ‘Probabilistic Bridge Weigh-in-Motion’. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Published online; DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2017-0508).

Kaiser, M., lwin, K., Mahmud, M., Hajializadeh, D., Chaipimonplin, T., Sarhan, A. and Hossain M.A. (2017). ‘Advances in Crowd Analysis for Urban Applications through Urban Event Detection’. IEEE Transaction on Transportation Systems (Published online; DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2017.01.005).

Hajializadeh, D., O’Brien, E.J. and O’Connor, A. (2017). ‘Virtual Structural Health Monitoring and Remaining Life Prediction of Steel Bridges’, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Published online; DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2016-0286).

Hajializadeh, D., O’Brien, E.J. and Stewart, M.G. (2016). ‘The Sensitivity of Bridge Safety to Spatial Correlation of Load and Resistance’. Structures, 5, pp. 23–34.

Hajializadeh, D., Al Sabah, A.S., O’Brien, E.J., Leafer, D. and Enright, B. (2015). ‘Nonlinear Analysis of Isotropic Slab Bridges under Extreme Traffic Loading’. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Published online; DOI: 10.1139/cjce-2014-0331).

Hajializadeh, D., Stewart, M.G., Enright, B. and O’Brien, E.J. (2015). ‘Spatial Time-Dependent Reliability Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges Subjected to Realistic Traffic Loading’. Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering (Published online; DOI: 10.1080/15732479.2015.108638).

O’Brien, E.J., Schmidt, F., Hajializadeh, D., Zhou, X.Y., Sheils, E., Enright, B., Caprani, C.C. and Wilson, S.H. (2015). ‘A Review of Probabilistic Methods of Assessment of Load Effects in Bridges’. Structural Safety, 53, pp. 44–56.

Leahy, C., O’Brien, E.J., Enright, B and Hajializadeh, D. (2014). ‘Review of HL-93 Bridge Traffic Load Model Using an Extensive WIM Database’. Journal of Bridge Engineering (Published online; DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000729).

Richardson, J., Brown, A., Jones, S., O’Brien, E.J. and Hajializadeh, D. (2014). ‘On the Use of Bridge Weigh in Motion for Overweight Truck Enforcement’. International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems, 21(2), pp. 83–104.

Conference Publications

Hajializadeh, D., Astaraie-Imani, M. and Christodoulides, V. (2018). ‘RV-DSS (Resilience and Vulnerability-based Interdependency Assessment Tool): Quantification of the Failure Propagation in Transport Infrastructure’. 46th European Transport Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Astaraie-Imani, M., Hajializadeh, D. and Christodoulides, V. (2018). ‘Towards Resilience-informed Decision Making in Critical Infrastructure Networks’. WaterEnergyNEXUS Conference, Salerno, Italy.

Jimenez-Bescos, C., Hajializadeh, D., Astaraie-Imani, M., Rajendran, L. and Christodoulides, V. (2018). ‘The Use of a Resilience and Vulnerability-based Decision Support System (RV-DSS) in the Design of Integrated Infrastructure Networks’. 8th International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR'2018), Lisbon, Portugal.

Astaraie-Imani, M. and Hajializadeh, D. (2018). ‘Resilience Quantification of Interdependent Infrastructure System’. Critical Infrastructure Protection & Resilience Europe (CIPRE 2018), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Hajializadeh, D. and Astaraie-Imani, M. (2017). ‘Critical Infrastructure Resilience as a Function of Network Configuration’, Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability, Stockholm, Sweden.

Hajializadeh, D. and Astaraie-Imani, M. (2017). ‘Resilience-informed Crisis Management’. International Conference in Contemporary Iran on Civil Engineering Architecture and Urban Development, Tehran, Iran.

Astaraie-Imani, M. and Hajializadeh, D. (2017). ‘Comparison of Critical infrastructure Resilience Quantification Techniques’. 12th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability, Vienna, Austria.

Connolly, L., Hajializadeh, D., Leahy, C., O’Connor, A., O’Brien, E.J. and Bowe, C. (2016). ‘Calculation of Dynamic Allowance for Railway Bridges from Direct Measurement’. The Third International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance, Railways 2016, Sardinia, Italy.

Hajializadeh, D., Carey, C. and O’Brien, E.J. (2016). ‘Quantification of Multi Risk Scenarios Subjected to Extreme Weather Events’. Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI2016), Galway, Ireland.

O’Brien, E.J., Hajializadeh, D. and Power, R. (2015). ‘Quantifying the Impact of Critical Infrastructure Failure Due to Extreme Weather Events’. 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP12), Vancouver, Canada.

O’Connor, A., O’Brien, E.J. and Hajializadeh, D. (2014). ‘Probabilistic Analysis of Potential Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Infrastructures’. Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI2014), Belfast, UK.

Enright, B., Hajializadeh, D. and O’Brien, E.J. (2013). ‘Reliability-based Bridge Assessment Using Enhanced Monte Carlo to Simulate Extreme Traffic Loading’. 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR), New York, US.

Hajializadeh, D., O’Brien, E.J., Sheils, E. and Enright, B. (2012). ‘Spatially Variable Assessment of Lifetime Maximum Load Effect Distribution in Bridges’ (eds A.J. O’Connor and C.C. Caprani). Bridge and Concrete Research in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

O’Brien, E.J., Hajializadeh, D., Sheils, E. and Enright, B. (2012). ‘Estimation of Lifetime Maximum Distributions of Bridge Traffic Load Effects’. Eds F. Biondini and D.M. Frangopol, 6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management (IABMAS), 2012, Stresa, Lake Maggoire, Italy.

Hajializadeh, D., O’Brien, E.J., Enright, B., Caprani, C.C. and Wilson, S.H. (2012). ‘Probabilistic Study of Lifetime Load Effect Distribution of Bridges’. 6th International ASRANet Conference for Integrating Structural Analysis, Croydon, London, UK.

Hajializadeh, D., O’Brien, E.J., Enright, B. and Sheils, E. (2012). ‘Nonlinear Response of Structures to Characteristic Loading Scenarios’. Joint Conference of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and 11th ASCE Joint Specialty Conference on Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural Reliability (EMI/PMC 2012), Notre Dame, IN, US.

O’Brien, E.J., Hajializadeh, D., Uddin, N., Robinson, D. and Opitz, R. (2012). ‘Strategies for Axle Detection in Bridge Weigh-in-Motion Systems’. Eds B. Jacob, A.-M.M. Donnell, F. Schmidt and W. Cunagin, 6th International Conference on Weigh-in-Motion (ICWIM6), Dallas, Texas, US.

Keenahan, J., Concannon, K., Hajializadeh, D. and McNally, C. (2012). ‘Numerical Assessment of the Thermal Performance of Structural Precast Panels’ (eds P. Rossi and J.L. Tailhan). In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Numerical Modeling Strategies for Sustainable Concrete Structures, Paris, France.

O’Brien, E.J., Hajializadeh, D., Sheils, E. and Enright, B. (2011). ‘A Two-dimensional Approach to the Probabilistic Assessment of Bridge Safety’. In: Proceedings of the 2nd Iranian Conference on Reliability Engineering, Aerospace Research Institute, Tehran, Iran.