ASCE has honored Shideh Dashti, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2018 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award for her outstanding contributions to infrastructure risk assessment and mitigation, including seismic soil-structure interaction in urban areas, influence of liquefaction on structures, liquefaction mitigation strategies for structures and slopes, and interdependencies among the social, information, and physical infrastructures during floods.
Dashti has excelled in producing high-quality research, primarily in the areas of the influence of liquefaction on structures founded on shallow foundations, and seismic soil-structure interaction of underground structures. She has published 23 journal papers and has another nine in review. Her first paper was published in 2010, and she has since been producing an average of four journal articles per year. This is an exceptional level of productivity. Additionally, she has published 32 papers in conference proceedings, has been an invited speaker nine times, and her research group has given 26 presentations at conferences and symposia.
Three particularly impressive aspects of her publication record are that (1) her papers are featured in journals of the highest quality (e.g., Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Spectra, and Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America); (2) the vast majority of her papers are authored with her Ph.D. students, postdoctoral scholars, and colleagues at the University of Colorado; and (3) the papers cover a wide range of topics, including physical modeling studies, numerical methods, earthquake ground motion characterization, and innovative sensing technologies.
The Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments as evidenced by completed works, reports, or papers in the field of geotechnical engineering. The award was established to provide professional development opportunities for outstanding young practitioners, researchers, and teachers of geotechnical engineering.