Those who are interested in taking a few graduate classes without obtaining a graduate degree, or who are unable to enter the graduate program on time to register for a semester, have the option of registering as non-degree seeking students.

Registering as a non-degree seeking student is one way to begin matriculation immediately and avoid delay in obtaining a graduate degree. If a student completes course credits as a non-degree seeking student and is later accepted into a graduate program, those credits need to be transferred into the program to count toward the degree requirements. Up to 12 credits of graduate courses taken at FIU may be transferred into a graduate program at FIU. Up to 6 credits of graduate course earned from another institution may be transferred to a graduate program at FIU.

It is strongly advised that all non-degree seeking students meet with the Graduate Program Director to get academic advice before registering for courses. This is both to ensure that you will be successful in completing the courses that you register for and that the courses will be accepted as part of your graduate program if you are admitted later. Failure to get advising before registering as a special student may result in your earned credits not being counted toward your degree requirements.

Graduate Program Director’s contact information:

Armin Mehrabi, Ph.D., P.E., MBA

Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994
Civil Engineering

Dr. Armin Mehrabi joined the Civil and Environmental Department of the College of Engineering and Computing in January of 2017.

Dr. Mehrabi comes from Bridge Engineering Solutions where he served as the President and Principal Engineer for 12 years.  He specializes in inspection, evaluation, cable vibration and wind assessment, health monitoring, and rehabilitation of cable-supported bridges.  He has developed non-destructive evaluation and inspection methods for bridge structures, and has been involved in inspection, evaluation, monitoring, life-cycle-cost analysis, and/or rehabilitation design for 14 cable-stayed bridges, and 11 other cable supported bridges in the US and abroad.  Dr. Mehrabi is the co-inventor of a Laser-Based Cable Monitoring System developed with the support of US Federal Highway Administration, for which he was awarded as “One of Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year, 1997, By ENR.”   Before establishing the Bridge Engineering Solutions firm, he worked and managed the largest privately owned structural laboratory in the US for 8 years. His experiences include also 6 years of structural design and five years as lecturer in various universities in Iran.

His thesis on Seismic Behavior of Masonry Infilled RC Frames won the Most Outstanding Thesis Award by The Masonry Society in 1997.  Dr. Mehrabi has also served as Consultant for Construction Support Services and QC/QA for bridges.  He has served as Complex Bridge Specialist and consultant for the Sunshine Skyway and Dames Point Cable-stayed Bridges in Florida for instrumentation, non-destructive testing, and periodic stay force and damping measurement.  His research interests are in the areas of Non-Destructive Evaluation of Bridges, Structural Health Monitoring, Vibration Analysis and Mitigation for Slender Tension Elements, Structural Performance Evaluation through Field and Laboratory Testing, Bridge Rehabilitation and Corrosion Mitigation, as well as Analysis and Modeling of Masonry and R/C Frames subject to Lateral/Seismic Loading.

Dr. Mehrabi holds an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, an MBA from Niagara University, NY, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994. He is a registered professional engineer in several states. Dr. Mehrabi has carried out several research studies in Structural Engineering field and has published more than 60 papers and articles on the subject of inspection and evaluation of bridges, and laboratory testing and seismic analysis of masonry and infilled frames in Professional Journals, Conference Proceedings, and Professional Magazines.  He has given lectures and Keynote speeches in several venues in the US and abroad.

Curriculum Vitae

Office: EC 3602
Phone: (305) 348-3653

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