Navid Nastar, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.


Adjunct Assistant Professor


Sonny Astani Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Viterbi School of Engineering

University of Southern California



Office: KAP 230A






Dr. Navid Nastar is a Founding Principal at BRANDOW & NASTAR, INC., a consulting structural engineering firm in Southern California, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California where he teaches classes on analysis and design of structures, earthquake engineering, and mechanical properties of materials and is engaged in related research. His research interests include forensic engineering, earthquake engineering, and behavior and design of structures under extreme loads. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) - Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Student Chapter at USC.

Professor Nastar has extensive experience in design and construction of various types of structures including steel, concrete, wood, and masonry buildings. He specializes in the field of forensic engineering and failure investigation and has been involved in numerous projects in these areas throughout the United States and internationally.


Dr. Nastar is the Chair of the Education Committee of the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering and serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. He is a Registered Professional Engineer - Civil (P.E.) and a Registered Structural Engineer (S.E.) in California.





· 2008 Ph.D. Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering/Earthquake Engineering, USC


· 2005 M.S. Civil Engineering-Structural Engineering, USC


· 2003 M.S. Civil Engineering-Earthquake Engineering


· 2000 B.S. Civil Engineering



Professional Registration:


· Registered Structural Engineer (S.E.), State of California


· Registered Professional Engineer - Civil (P.E.), State of California


· Registered Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator, State of California



Professional Membership:


· American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

       ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (ASCE TCFE), Chair of the TCFE Education Committee

· Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)

       Southern California Chapter (SEAOSC)

· Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

       USC Chapter Faculty Advisor

· American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

· American Concrete Institute (ACI)

· American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

· Seismological Society of America (SSA)



Teaching Experience:


· Structural analysis and design (steel, concrete, wood, masonry, etc.)

· Seismic and wind analysis and design of structures

· Earthquake engineering

· Mechanical behavior of materials (experimental and analytical)

· Construction engineering, management and contracting

· Civil engineering graphics and Building Information Modeling (BIM)



Selected Recent Publications:


· Navid Nastar, Gregg Brandow, James Anderson, Robert Nigbor, “The Effects of  Low-Cycle Fatigue in Steel Structures,” Submitted to the 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, October 31-November 3, 2012, San Francisco, California.


· Navid Nastar, James Anderson, Gregg Brandow, Robert Nigbor, “An Analysis of Low-Cycle Fatigue in Steel Moment Frames,” 2010 ASCE Structures Congress/North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC), May 12-15, 2010, Orlando, Florida.


· Navid Nastar, James C. Anderson, Gregg E. Brandow, Robert L. Nigbor, “Effects of Low-Cycle Fatigue on a Ten-Story Steel Building,” The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings Journal, January 2010.


· James C. Anderson, Navid Nastar, Fabian Rojas, Low-cycle  fatigue effects on steel moment frames, 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, 2009, Osaka, Japan.


· Navid Nastar, James C. Anderson, Gregg E. Brandow, Robert L. Nigbor, Effects of Low-Cycle Fatigue on a Ten-Story Steel Building, Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, 2009 Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California.


· Robert Nigbor, Ali Asghari, Navid Nastar, “SFSI Test Structure at GVDA: Construction Report,” December 22, 2004, University of Southern California, NEES Project (George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation). 



Professor Nastar’s CEE Webpage

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department 

University of Southern California