Navid Nastar, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, a founding partner and principal structural engineer at Brandow & Nastar Inc. and an established leader in the field of structural engineering, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
With over 15 years of structural and earthquake engineering consulting experience, Nastar has extensive and wide-ranging ability in structural design involving various building types and materials. He also has extensive experience in forensic engineering and failure investigation of various types of structures. He has successfully investigated a wide variety of property loss and construction defect claims in buildings and other structures, and has been designated an expert witness in a number of high-profile insurance and legal matters throughout the United States.
Besides his responsibilities at Brandow & Nastar, he is an adjunct associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Southern California, where he teaches courses on structural design and earthquake engineering and is involved in related research. He is the faculty advisor for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) / Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) student chapter at USC.
Nastar is an active member of ASCE. He is a longtime member of the ASCE Forensic Engineering Division, for which he is currently secretary of the Executive Committee and former chair of the Education Committee. He also serves as associate editor for ASCE’s Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.
His memberships in other professional organizations include EERI, the Seismological Society of America, Structural Engineers Association of California, American Institute of Steel Construction, and American Concrete Institute. From 2013 to 2016, he served on the editorial board for the UK’s Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers–Forensic Engineering journal.
Nastar is a registered professional engineer and structural engineer.