Ali Imanpour, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 248-1913
6-306 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Area of Study / Keywords

Structural Engineering


Ali Imanpour joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2017. Prof. Imanpour was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University before joining the University of Alberta. From 2006 to 2010, he worked as a structural engineer and contributed to major design and retrofit projects. Prof. Imanpour is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Alberta and British Columbia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in behaviour and design of structures. His research strives to blend analytical and experimental investigations and Artificial Intelligence techniques in order to develop understanding, strategies and tools to design civil infrastructure under extreme natural hazard events such as earthquakes and wind. Some of his current research activities include development of seismic design procedures for steel framed structures using analytical and experimental methods, development of resilient structural systems for seismic and wind applications, improving steel design and fabrication using AI-based tools, development of metamodels for steel seismic force-resisting systems, development of model updating techniques for seismic hybrid simulation of structures. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Structural Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, Québec, 2015.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), Civil-Earthquake Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran, 2005.


Research Interests

  • Seismic design of steel structures
  • Stability of structures
  • Connection behaviour
  • Nonlinear simulation techniques
  • Large-scale structural testing
  • Application of machine learning in structural and earthquake engineering

Please visit The Steel Centre website for the research projects currently in progress.


CIV E 374 - Structural Design I

Introduction to limit states design, common framing systems, design loads, and load path evaluation. Behaviour and design of steel members and connections. Prerequisite: CIV E 372.

CIV E 678 - Behaviour and Design of Steel Seismic Force Resisting Systems

General earthquake engineering concepts and associated requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. Pushover analysis of steel frames. Capacity design philosophy. Seismic behaviour and design of moment-resisting frames, concentrically and eccentrically braced frames, and steel plate shear walls.

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