Honors & AWARDS
(Last Updated on December, 2019)
- Student Leadership Award, December, 2019
Farid was selected as one of the two graduate students among all engineering departments (Cockrell School of Engineering) of The University of Texas at Austin for Student Leadership Award recipients for 2020. Every year, the Cockrell School presents student leader awards to two graduate students to recognize students who have motivated, guided, mentored and supported Cockrell School student organizations by working effectively with colleagues, honoring contributions and pushing others to excel.
- Runner-up for Three Minute Thesis Competition at The University of Texas at Austin, October, 2019
Farid won the second place (runner-up) in the Graduate School Three Minute Thesis Competition at The University of Texas at Austin. He was runner up for “Dangerous Earthquakes Triggered by Humans in Central U.S.” The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students. The competition is among all departments such as education, fine arts, liberal arts, natural sciences, pharmacy, medical, engineering, liberal art, public affairs, law, social work, and so on. The competition supports students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
- Kolodzey Travel Grant, October 2018
Farid was selected as one the three PhD students to receive Kolodzey travel grant for his presentation on “Evaluation of Seismic Resilience of Highway Bridge Networks: An Agent-Based Modeling Framework” at 2019 Structures Congress, Orlando, Florida. With funds provided by the late Charles Kolodzey (MS 1946), this competitive award provides an opportunity for PhD students in the department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of The University of Texas at Austin to attend technical conferences, make oral and poster presentations about their research, and to develop a network of colleagues at other universities.
- Early Career Professional Award, February 2018
Farid was selected for Early Career Professional Fund through generous support from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Pankow Foundation, and EERI. This fund included registration and travel grants for the 11th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE) scheduled for June 25-29, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. He gave an oral presentation on the full paper titled “Should Engineers be Concerned about the Vulnerability of Highway Bridges to Potentially-Induced Seismic Hazards?”
- Professional Development Award, The University of Texas at Austin, December 2017
Professional Development Award provides support for graduate students with outstanding academic background to attend major professional meetings or conferences at which they present an original paper based on their research. Farid was selected for this award because of his outstanding presentation on Risk-based Assessment of Texas Bridges to Natural and Induced Seismic Hazards at 2017 ASCE Congress on Technical Advancement, Duluth, MN, USA, September 10-13
- Four-Year Graduate Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2016
It is a four-year fellowship that is given to only a few graduate students with outstanding academic background. This payment, which is around $9,000 per year, is in addition to his stipend as a graduate research assistant at University of Texas at Austin.
- Two-Year Level-One Scholarship, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2015
Farid was selected and awarded as one of the graduate students of National Elites Foundation of Iran. It is one of the most prestigious awards that anyone can get during his or her educational life in Iran. Less than 1% of graduate students can get this award.
- Ranked 13th in the Iranian Nationwide M.Sc. Entrance Exam for graduate school in Civil Engineering, 2013
Farid got ranked 13nd amongst more than 30,000 qualified participants in nationwide Entrance Exam for graduate school in civil engineering.
- Four-Year Level-One Scholarship, Sharif University of Technology, Iran, 2009
Farid was selected and awarded as one of the undergraduate students of National Elites Foundation of Iran. It is owing to his performance as a BSc student at Sharif University of Technology as well as his rank in the university entrance exam for BSc degree.
- Ranked 41st in the Iranian Nationwide University Entrance Exam, 2008
Farid got ranked 41nd amongst more than 350,000 participants in Nationwide University Entrance Exam of Iran.
- Selected and Honored in the National Math Olympiad, Iran, 2006