Dr. Elnaz Seylabi

( Truckee Meadows Community College )

  • Institutions:Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, Western Nevada College
  • Departments: civil and environmental engineering
  • Research Fields: Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
  • Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Engineering
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, NSF - National Science Foundation, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


I have mentored several undergraduate and graduate student researchers and postdocs. Currently, I mentor four PhD students.


I am an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Nevada Reno. Before joining UNR in 2019, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at the California Institute of Technology (2017-2019). I received a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (with a major in Structural Mechanics and a minor in Applied Mathematics) from the University of California Los Angeles, an M.Sc. in Earthquake Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology. My research focuses on risk-informed engineering of geostructural systems, near-surface characterization, and computational methods for efficient performance-based engineering and uncertainty quantification.