Masoud Motavalli obtained his Doctor of Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zurich in 1992. His laboratory at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Empa is one of the largest structural engineering laboratories for carrying out full-scale structural tests in Europe. His research interests are the application of advanced materials such as multi-layered fibre reinforced polymers and shape memory alloys in civil engineering structures, mechanical behaviour of these materials, rehabilitation and repair of existing structures with post-tensioned advanced materials.
He is a council member of IIFC and ISHMII, Member of the ASCE Committee on Performance-Based Design and Evaluation, as well as member of the editorial board of several journals. He organized or co-organized several successful international conferences, such as CICE2008 in Zurich, SHMII2009 in Zurich, SMAR2011 in Dubai, SMAR2013 in Istanbul and SMAR2015 in Antalya, SMAR2017 in Zurich and the upcoming SMAR2019 in Potsdam, Germany. Professor Motavalli is the founder of SMAR conference series.