The overarching theme of Professor Rad’s academic activities is to advance sustainability and digitalization in building technology and structural engineering and foster the associated state-of-the-art knowledge in research, teaching, and technology transfer.
RESEARCH: Professor Rad’s research is located at the interface of multi-scale experimental and computational methods. With a particular focus on the structural engineering aspects, his research integrates advanced digital fabrication technologies and human-machine interactive design with eco-friendly construction materials (i.e. timber and wood-based products) to embrace new design frameworks and principles for sustainable structural systems.
TEACHING: Professor Rad’s teaching philosophy is based on promoting programs and courses that offer students the technical know-how to exploit sustainable design solutions to the fullest in their future professional life. This has led him to be passionate about teaching the design of (mass) timber structures, engineering graphics, advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication technology for structural engineers, and computational methods and algorithmic thinking in AEC, Architecture, Engineering, and Construction.
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER & COLLABORATION: Given his experience in knowledge and technology transfer, Professor Rad has a passionate interest in launching research-industry partnerships, establishing synergistic collaboration with other academic centers and research groups, and collaborating with both public and private sectors through sponsorship, all within the context of the mission of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Professional membership and experience
- Registered civil engineering member in the Canton de Vaud section (ID: 528121), Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA), Switzerland (2020-2022).
- Postdoctoral researcher, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication and EPFL, Switzerland (2020-2022).