California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Civil Engineering
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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(SIM) Lab

SIM is a multidisciplinary research laboratory under the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at California State University, Los Angeles to address the sustainability of our infrastructure.

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Current Members

Assistant Professor and Founding Director

California State University Los Angeles

Department of Civil Engineering


Phone: (323) 332-1823

Siavash F. Aval

Research Associate

Keyur Dhawan

Graduate Research Assistant

Dilip Prajapati

Graduate Research Assistant

Charlotte Tertois 

Visiting Research Assistant

Camille Ceyte-Papon

Visiting Research Assistant

Joshua Garrido

Graduate Research Assistant

Ambria Vasquez

Graduate Research Assistant


Yvainne Valenzuela

Graduate Research Assistant

Raphael Rosas

Graduate Research Assistant

Segal Ismael

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Brian Chua

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Farbod Farzin

Graduate Research Assistant

Sundeep Vasa

Graduate Research Assistant

Jason NG

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Daniel Marquez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hector Cruz

Graduate Research Assistant

Our Sponsors

Daniel Marquez Highlighted in TR News Magazine

May 15, 2019

Daniel Marquez was highlighted in the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s bimonthly magazine TR News for his presentation at the TRB Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in January 2019. Congratulations Daniel!

Graduate Thesis Defense

May 14, 2019

Hector Cruz successfully defends his graduate thesis focusing on the application of image processing for concrete surface characterization. Congratulations Hector!

Mehran Mazari is highlighted in ASCE-T&DI Newsletter

September 25, 2018

Dr. Mehran Mazari is highlighted in the September issue of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI). For more information click here.

Chinese Delegation Visited Cal State LA and SITI Research Lab

August 21, 2018

A group of academic faculty and administrators from Shijiazhuang Tiedao University visited Cal State La and SITI Research Lab during their visit to the United States in August 2018. The opportunity of expanding exchange scholar programs and joint graduate studies for the students have been discussed.

Joseph Lucey wins the First Place Paper Award for LTPP International Data Analysis Contest

January 15, 2018

Congratulations to Joseph Lucey for winning the first place paper award at 2018 International Data Analysis Contest for Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) sponsored by Federal Highway Administration and ASCE Transportation and Development Institute. 

Cal State LA Students at 2017 California Transportation Foundation Symposium

November 07, 2017

Wendy Navarrete and Samuel Senior, both undergraduate Civil Engineering seniors at Cal State LA, were selected to attend the 2017 California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Symposium in Lake Arrowhead, CA. 

City of Los Angeles High-School Bridge Competition

September 04, 2017

The annual high school bridge competition, sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, was hosted by California State University Los Angeles. SITI team participated in this year's competition as faculty judges and student volunteers. Our contribution was recognized at the City Hall meeting. 

Dr. Mazari Selected as 2017 ASCE ExCEEd Fellow

August 01, 2017

Dr. Mazari selected as 2017 ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Fellow from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 

Fellowship Award from National Center for Asphalt Technology

July 05, 2017

Dr. Mazari was selected to receive the 2107 professor training fellowship award and attend a week-long workshop at National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) in Auburn, Alabama. 

Cal State LA joins UTC consortium

May 01, 2017

California State University Los Angeles receives transportation research funding from U.S. Department of Transportation through a University Transportation Center (UTC) in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines and Lehigh University. The main focus of the UTC research is Underground Transportation Infrastructures. 

Positions Available for Qualified Undergraduate and Gradaute Students

March 20, 2017

Few research positions are available for well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students. These positions require background in Transportation Infrastructures, Concrete/Pavement Materials and Big Data Analysis. Interested applicants should send their latest resume and inquiries to Dr. Mehran Mazari at:

SITI Team Wins Outstanding Poster Award at CSULA Research Symposium

March 10, 2017

SITI team participated in the Annual Research Symposium at California State University Los Angeles. Three research posters were presented during the symposium by SITI's undergraduate and graduate students. One of the posters presented by Brian Chua and Segal Ismael was awarded the outstanding poster award at the end of the symposium. Their research, mentored by Dr. Mehran Mazari, was titled "Effect of Traffic Combination on Environmental Emissions". To view a complete list of awardees, click here. For more photos, click here

CSULA Civil Engineering students in California Transportation Foundation symposium

November 07, 2016

Cal State LA Civil Engineering students, Alexis Martinez Angeles and Johnathan Marquez, were selected to attend the 2016 California Transportation Foundation (CTF) symposium in Santa Cruz.


September 12, 2016

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and LA Metro hosted a special session "Transforming Lives and Communities: The Power of Transportation Investment" on Monday, September 12 that focused on transportation investment and how it can be a catalyst for growth, access and opportunity.

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