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Behzad Rafezy

Behzad Rafezy

Director of R&D
SidePlate Systems Inc.
United States


Dr Behzad Rafezy, PhD, PE is the director of Research and Development Department at SidePlate Systems, Inc. an Innovative Steel Connection Design Company. Prior to SidePlate, Dr Rafezy held the position of visiting professor of Structural Engineering at UCLA and also served as the Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at Sahand University of Technology and led research at all levels from MSc, through PhD to nationally sponsored research. Dr Rafezy has also served as associate lecturer at Cardiff University, UK where he conducted several research projects as part of his PhD and Postdoc studies between 2000 and 2006. Dr Rafezy has authored and co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed research papers including the best invited paper of the year awarded by the Institution of Structural Engineers of the UK in 2002. He is also the co-inventor of several national and international patents and the EEZ connection Panel Zone model published in SEAOC 2014 Convention in Indian Wells. As a structural engineer, Dr Rafezy had the privilege of working for more than 15 years as a lead structural designer and consulting engineer on various steel and concrete projects, covering commercial, residential and industrial projects.

Research Interest

Steel Structures, Concrete Structures