Director, Center for Risk and Reliability
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Center for Risk and Reliability
- Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980
Dr. Modarres is the Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professor at the University of Maryland. Within the A. James Clark School of Engineering of the University of Maryland. He co-founded the world’s first degree-granting graduate curriculum in reliability engineering at the University of Maryland. As the University of Maryland Center for Risk and Reliability Director, Dr. Modarres serves as an international expert on reliability and risk analysis. He has authored numerous books, book chapters, and hundreds of scholarly papers on risk and reliability engineering. His research areas are probabilistic risk assessment, materials degradation science, probabilistic physics of failure, and probabilistic fracture mechanics. His interests in risk, reliability, structural integrity and prognosis, and health management include both experimental and probabilistic model development efforts. He is a recipient of multiple awards. Dr. Modarres received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and MS and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT.
SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS
- Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship in Engineering
- Minta Martin Professorship in A.J. Clark School of Engineering
- University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
- 2019 Tommy Thompson Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to nuclear safety, American Nuclear Society
- Fellow, American Nuclear Society
- Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- 1996 Maryland Inventor of the Year Award (in Information Sciences)
- FDA Commissioner Special Citation for Contributions to Risk Assessment Methods, 2004
- 2008 International Research Leadership Award conferred by the Society for Reliability Engineering, Quality and Operations Management
Probabilistic risk assessment, Uncertainty analysis, Probabilistic Physics of Failure, Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics, Prognosis and Health Management, Materials Degradation Science
Recent Books and Journal Papers
- Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 2018.Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis: A Practical Guide, M. Modarres, M. Kaminskiy, and V. Krivtsov, CRC Press, New York, N.Y., 1st Ed. (1999), 2nd Ed. (2010), 3rd Ed. (2017).
- Probabilistic Physics of Failure, in Advances in Performability Engineering, Prof. Krishna Misra (Ed.), (2021), ISBN 978-3-030-55732-4.
- Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy, Professor Ehud Greenspan & Dr. Joy Rempe (Eds.), Elsevier, 2021, ISBN: 9780128197257.
- Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, 2018.
Big Machinery Data Preprocessing Methodology for Data-Driven Models in Prognostics and Health Management, S. Cofre-Martel, E. Droguett, M. Modarres, Sensors, October 2021, 21(20), 6841; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21206841
A Bayesian Network Approach for Modeling Dependent Seismic Failures in a Nuclear Power Plant Probabilistic Risk Assessment, J. DeJesus Segarra, M. Bensi, M. Modarres, Submitted Reliability Engineering and System Safety J., 213 (2021) 107678, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2021.107678
Multi-Unit Nuclear Power Plant Probabilistic Risk Assessment: A Comprehensive Survey, T. Zhou, M. Modarres, E. López Droguett. Submitted for publication to Reliability Engineering and System Safety J. Reliability Engineering and System Safety 213 (2021) 107782, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2021.107782
Acoustic emission signal clustering in CFRP laminates using a new feature set based on waveform analysis and information entropy analysis, S. F. Karimian, M. Modarres, Composite Structures J., Vol. 268, July 2021, 113987, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compstruct.2021.113987
Remaining Useful Life Estimation Through Deep Learning Partial Differential Equation Models: A Framework for Degradation Dynamics Interpretation Using Latent Variables, S. Cofre, E. López Droguett, M. Modarres, Shock and Vibration. 2021, 9937846, https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/9937846
Understanding and Effectively Managing Conservatisms in Safety Analysis, M. Modarres, S. Krahn, J. O’Brien, Nuclear Technology J., 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1805258
Layout Optimization of Multi-type Sensors and Human Inspection Tools with Probabilistic Detection of Localized Damages for Pipelines, A. Aria, S. Azarm, and M. Modarres, IEEE Access J., Vol. 9, 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2992671.
Extension of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis to Account for Spatial Variability of Ground Motions at a Multi-Unit Nuclear Power Plant Site, J. DeJesus-Segarra, M. Bensi, M. Modarres, and T. Weaver, Structural Safety J., Vol. 85, 101985, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.strusafe.2020.101958.
A Deep Adversarial Approach Based on Multi-sensor Fusion for Semi-supervised Remaining Useful Life Prognostics, D. Verstraete, E. Droguett, M. Modarres, Sensors, 20, 176 (2020), https://doi:10.3390/s20010176.
A Common Cause Failure Model for Components Under Age-Related Degradation, T. Zhou, E. Droguett, M. Modarres, Reliability Engineering and System Safety J., Vol.195 (2020), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2019.106699.
A New Method for Detecting Fatigue Crack Initiation in Aluminum Alloy Using Acoustic Emission Waveform Information Entropy, S. F. Karimian, H. A. Bruck, and M. Modarres, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 223 (2020) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.engfracmech.2019.106771.
Thermodynamic Entropy to Detect Fatigue Crack Initiation Using Digital Image Correlation, and Effect of Overload Spectrums, F. Karimian, H. Bruck, M. Modarres, International Journal of Fatigue, 129 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2019.105256.
Estimation of Damage Size and Remaining Useful Life in Degraded Structures through Deep-Learning Based Multi-Source Data Fusion, A. Aria, E. Droguett, S. Azarm, and M. Modarres, Structural Health Monitoring J., (2019). https://doi.org/10.1177/1475921719890616
Modeling Uncertainty in Reliability Growth Planning for Discrete-Use Systems, P. Nation and M. Modarres, Australian Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering, Vol. 15, No.1, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/14488388.2019.1661808.
Measures of Entropy to Characterize Fatigue Damage in Metallic Materials, H. Yun and M. Modarres, Entropy J., 21, 804. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/e21080804.
Deep Semi-Supervised Generative Adversarial Fault Diagnostics of Rolling Element Bearings, D. Verstraete, E. Droguett, A. Ferrada, V. Meruane, M. Modarres, Structural Health Monitoring J., pp.1–22 (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1475921719850576.
Multi-Unit Risk Aggregation with Consideration of Uncertainty and Bias in Risk Metrics, T. Zhou, M. Modarres, E. Droguett, Reliability Engineering and System Safety J., Volume 188, Pages 473-482,(2019), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2019.04.001.
UMD ME Faculty Ranked in Top 2% of Scientists WorldwideThe department is home to some of the most widely-cited researchers in their fields.
'They Are Playing With a Huge Fire'With Ukraine's massive Zaporizhzhia plant in Putin's crosshairs, nuclear facilities must be taken off battlefield, UMD risk expert says.
Kiger Named Distinguished Scholar-TeacherMechanical engineering professor recognized for his achievements in research and pedagogy.
A New Milestone for NuScale PowerFirm cofounded by UMD alumnus, IHOF inductee Reyes is now trading on the NYSE.
Clark School to Induct Reyes into Innovation Hall of FameThe NuScale co-founder will address the UMD community during a ceremony on December 2.
Assessing Nuclear Risk: CEE, ME Faculty Collaborate on New ToolsResearch aims to explore updates to risk assessment tools and methods used by the nuclear industry.
The Marvin Roush Fellowship: A Foundation for Progress in Risk and ReliabilityProfessor Emeritus Marvin Roush laid the groundwork for the world-class Center for Risk and Reliability at UMD.
Establishing Success for Future TerpsAlumni support creates opportunities for student success.
Oops-ProofingA Collaboration Between CRR and Amazon Lab126 Seeks to Understand How Devices Can Be More Durable
Nuclear Pioneer Reyes Achieves Historic MilestoneNuScale Power, co-founded by UMD alumnus José Reyes, is the first to win NRC approval for a small modular reactor (SMR) design.
Bensi, Groth Selected for Nuclear Facility Risk Assessment Faculty Development ProgramThe inter-department program will support junior faculty in developing solutions to advance probabilistic risk assessments.
Alumni Dr. Jeong H. Kim Receives 2016 Horatio Alger AwardKim named one of 13 exceptional corporate and civic leaders to the Horatio Alger Member Class of 2016
Bruck Named a UMD Distinguished Scholar-TeacherProfessor Hugh Bruck named one of six Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.
Modarres Awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent ProfessorshipMechanical Engineering Professor Mohammad Modarres awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship.
Student Awards, Fellowship Campaign Announced at Reliability Alumni MeetingFaculty, staff presented awards, fundraising campaign for additional fellowship as part of next year’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Alumna Zahra Mohaghegh Becomes Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignMohaghegh will help further develop reliability engineering program at the university.
New Minta Martin Professors NamedHistoric honor recognizes full professors who have made significant scholarly contributions.
Suzanne Schroer Wins American Nuclear Society’s Local Paper Competition
Reliability engineering graduate student received $500 for her paper.
Modarres Participates in Panel of Experts Debating Nuclear Safety at Public Forum in Calvert CountySafety of Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant and its proposed third reactor subject of debate following March disaster in Japan.
Chatterjee Wins 1st Prize in the 2011 DCCEAS Student Paper CompetitionME graduate student recognized by D.C. Council of Engineering & Architectural Societies.
Kaushik Chatterjee Wins 1st Place Prize in the 2010 ANS Student Paper CompetitionME graduate student recognized by the American Nuclear Society.
NRC Funds Development of New Grad-Level Corrosion CoursesAnkem, Christou, and Moderres to create new modules for nuclear, reliability, and sustainability engineering programs.
PI Holds 1st Annual Research WorkshopME delegation travels to Abu Dhabi to promote research collaborations.
Energy Education and Research Collaboration Conducts First WorkshopMaryland faculty and Petroleum Institute review cooperation success of past year.
Modarres Earns International Research Leadership AwardAward recognizes pioneering research leadership in Probalistic Risk Assessment.
Gift Supplements Reliability Fellowship$250,000 bequest supports women and minority graduate students, aids Great Expectations campaign.
Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty AccomplishmentsEdward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.
Mechanical Engineering Remembers Willie WebbLongtime Reliability Engineering staff member Willie Webb passes on April 10, 2007.
ME Faculty Honored at Research Leaders LuncheonNine ME Faculty honored on November 14.
ME Graduate Students AwardedMohammad Pour-gol-mohamad & Emil Rahim Recognized.
Reliability, Energetics Centers Receive Major DoD Initiative FundingCECD and CFRE to Conduct Vital Research Efforts
OUTSTANDING SPRING FACULTY AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTSNumerous outstanding faculty awards and accomplishments in the Department of ME announced.
Reliability Engineering Program Joins ME DepartmentOn April 16, 2003, the Reliability Engineering Program was integrated into the Department of ME.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Other professional society fellows
- American Nuclear Society
- Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association (AAIA)