Interviews Pedram Zohrevand

Published on November 26th, 2019 | by Brandon H

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Pedram Zohrevand

Pedram Zohrevand is a celebrated Civil Engineer and the current President of CES4, one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in Florida and California. The Miami based firm also operates an office in Los Angeles, which serves the larger Southern California region. Pedram has more than 15 years’ experience in design, construction, management, and professional leadership. Under his leadership, CES4 has undertaken several big projects involving seismic retrofitting and structure and building strengthening. Owing to his research leanings, Pedram Zohrevand has spoken and consulted widely across various corporate circles and city and national boundaries. He has attended conferences and engaged other professionals in cities like Atlanta, Reno, Dallas, and Chicago.

To date, Pedram has published over 20 scholarly articles, which have gone on to receive high ratings from industry-leading peer-review journals. The mercurial engineer attended the prestigious Florida International University (FIU) between 2008 and 2012 and obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering. Prior to that, Pedram studied at the Isfahan University of Technology for his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Iran University of Science and Technology for a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering. While serving as a Research Assistant Professor at FIU, Pedram oversaw groundbreaking research and sustainable project development for wide-ranging structural projects and systems.

What are some things that you love?

Working as an engineer can be grueling; however, I love the fact that it is a high growth career with lots of fun things to do. A civil engineer typically plans designs and oversees the construction and maintenance of various public and private facilities and structures. These include buildings, harbors, sewage systems, roads, bridges, and airports. The other responsibilities include checking the material stress levels; estimating resource requirements for project development and inspecting facilities to ensure they meet the set industry standards. Since the engineering field is quite huge, some of the most rewarding careers for aspiring engineers include transportation engineering, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, and environmental engineering.

What are your most favorite TV shows?

There is a good deal of engineering TV shows that I find interesting and engaging such as Megastructures, Strip the City and Dirty Great Machines. Megastructures rank high in my list of favorite TV shows since it focuses on extreme construction. The series serializes some of the world’s most extraordinary projects and provides a glimpse into what engineers can do to change the world for better. Every civil engineer will enjoy Strip the City. The series delves deep into the secrete technologies used in constructing cities, one brick at a time. Dirty Great Machines has been airing since 2012 and features awe-inspiring feats in happy wheels demo drilling and excavation works around the globe.

What are some of your aspirations in life?

Engineers work to improve the quality of life for mankind. I will continue to support students taking courses in science and mathematics to ensure the next generation of engineers and professionals break ground in sustainable living. I care about sustainable engineering because it speaks to a well-planned and less polluted world. I would also like to see developers and policymakers act quickly on structural impact assessment reports obtained from engineering professionals. This means acting in accordance with laid guidelines and responding faster to warnings.

What do you enjoy most about working in your industry?

Civil engineering cuts across many fields. Based on training and on-job experience, civil engineers can objectively analyze and predict the possible impact of a construction project in the years to come. I enjoy working in the engineering field because I get plenty of opportunities to put my technical skills to work. Even more crucial is the life-changing opportunity to carve out projects that go a long way to improve the standards of living of host communities.

What was your first job?

Immediately after graduating from Florida International University, I took up a job as a Research Assistant Professor at the same institution. I am glad I still work in the same capacity despite the added responsibilities. Some of the things I do here include developing a framework for research projects and managing research groups. I am especially keen on structural design and have supervised the construction of several research and development projects on developing innovative sustainable bridges and building systems. I’ve also served as a Doctoral Candidate at Florida International University from 2008 to 2012. During the 4 years, I did a lot of work in design experimentation, instrumentation, and technical data reporting and presentation. I have actually served at the Florida International University for 7 solid years.

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