Dr. Modiriasari is a Geotechnical Engineer at WSP USA in New York City, where she is working on local and national infrastructure projects. Before joining WSP, she was a Post-Doctoral research assistant in geotechnical/geomechanical engineering in Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats (RETH) group at Purdue University. As a member of the RETH research group, she worked on the development of the expertise needed to address the grand challenge of permanent human settlements on the Moon and Mars. Leveraging her background in geomechanics and underground construction, she analyzed the possibility of the existence and geotechnical structural stability of lunar lava tubes so as to determine their suitability as safe and resilient permanent extraterrestrial habitats. Dr. Modiriasari earned her Ph.D. in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering from Purdue University. She holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.
Dr. Modiriasari’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. She is selected as a member of American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) Future Leaders Program.