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Modarres, Mohammad

Modarres, Mohammad

Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professor
Director, Nuclear Engineering Program
Director, Center for Risk and Reliability
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Center for Risk and Reliability
0151C Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980


Dr. Modarres has served as a consultant to several governmental agencies, private organizations and national laboratories in areas related to probabilistic risk assessment, prognosis and health management, probabilistic physics of failure, and fracture mecanics especially applications to complex systems and processes such as the nuclear power plants. He has over 400 papers in archival journals and proceedings of conferences and five books in various areas of risk and reliability engineering.


  • 2008 International Research Leadership Award conferred by the Society for Reliability Engineering, Quality and Operations Management
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, 1994-95
  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society

Probabilistic risk assessment Uncertainty analysis Physics of failure probabilistic modeling of failure mechanisms of mechanical components, systems and structures Reliability analysis of complex engineering systems Nuclear safety analysis


  • M. Modarres, "Risk Analysis in Engineering: Probabilistic Techniques, Tools and Trends," CRC Press (2006).


  • F. Joglar, F. Mowrer, M. Modarres, "A Probabilistic Model for Fire Detection with Applications," Fire Technology J., 41, 151-172 (2005).
  • S. Chamberlain, M. Modarres, "Compressed Natural Gas Safety: A Quantitative Analysis," Risk Analysis J., 25, 377-389 (2005).
  • J. L. Hurtado , F. Joglar , M. Modarres, "Generalized Renewal Process: Models, Parameter Estimation and Applications to Maintenance Problems," International Journal on Performability Engineering, 1, July (2005).
  • W. Keller, M. Modarres, "A historical overview of probabilistic risk assessment development and its use in the nuclear power industry: a tribute to the late Professor Norman Carl Rasmussen," Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 89, 271-285 (2005).
  • M. Modarres, "Technology-Neutral Nuclear Power Plant Regulation: Implications of a Safety Goals-Driven Performance-Based Regulation," Nuclear Engineering & Technology, Vol. 37, No.3 (2005).

Clark School to Induct Reyes into Innovation Hall of Fame

The NuScale co-founder will address the UMD community during a ceremony on December 2.

Assessing Nuclear Risk: CEE, ME Faculty Collaborate on New Tools

Research 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 Reliability

Professor Emeritus Marvin Roush laid the groundwork for the world-class Center for Risk and Reliability at UMD.

Establishing Success for Future Terps

Alumni support creates opportunities for student success.


A Collaboration Between CRR and Amazon Lab126 Seeks to Understand How Devices Can Be More Durable

Nuclear Pioneer Reyes Achieves Historic Milestone

NuScale 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 Program

The inter-department program will support junior faculty in developing solutions to advance probabilistic risk assessments.

Alumni Dr. Jeong H. Kim Receives 2016 Horatio Alger Award

Kim named one of 13 exceptional corporate and civic leaders to the Horatio Alger Member Class of 2016

Bruck Named a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Professor Hugh Bruck named one of six Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.

Modarres Awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship

Mechanical Engineering Professor Mohammad Modarres awarded Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship.

Student Awards, Fellowship Campaign Announced at Reliability Alumni Meeting

Faculty, 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-Champaign

Mohaghegh will help further develop reliability engineering program at the university.

New Minta Martin Professors Named

Historic 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 County

Safety 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 Competition

ME graduate student recognized by D.C. Council of Engineering & Architectural Societies.

Kaushik Chatterjee Wins 1st Place Prize in the 2010 ANS Student Paper Competition

ME graduate student recognized by the American Nuclear Society.

NRC Funds Development of New Grad-Level Corrosion Courses

Ankem, Christou, and Moderres to create new modules for nuclear, reliability, and sustainability engineering programs.

PI Holds 1st Annual Research Workshop

ME delegation travels to Abu Dhabi to promote research collaborations.

Energy Education and Research Collaboration Conducts First Workshop

Maryland faculty and Petroleum Institute review cooperation success of past year.

Modarres Earns International Research Leadership Award

Award 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 Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

Mechanical Engineering Remembers Willie Webb

Longtime Reliability Engineering staff member Willie Webb passes on April 10, 2007.

ME Faculty Honored at Research Leaders Luncheon

Nine ME Faculty honored on November 14.

ME Graduate Students Awarded

Mohammad Pour-gol-mohamad & Emil Rahim Recognized.

Reliability, Energetics Centers Receive Major DoD Initiative Funding

CECD and CFRE to Conduct Vital Research Efforts


Numerous outstanding faculty awards and accomplishments in the Department of ME announced.

Reliability Engineering Program Joins ME Department

On April 16, 2003, the Reliability Engineering Program was integrated into the Department of ME.

Other professional society fellows

  • American Nuclear Society