Faculty Profile

Zahra Mohaghegh

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Zahra Mohaghegh
Zahra Mohaghegh
Assistant Professor
111 G Talbot Laboratory MC 234
104 S. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-5076

Primary Research Area

  • Nuclear Power

Education

  • PhD, Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 2007
  • MS, Reliability Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 2006
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1996

Biography

Zahra Mohaghegh is a recipient of a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for Big Data Analytics in risk assessment, the 2016 Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, the 2015 Dean￿s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering, the George Apostolakis early-career award in risk assessment, and the Zonta International Award for her contribution to modeling large-scale complex systems. Dr. Mohaghegh is the director of the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) laboratory (http://soteria.npre.illinois.edu/) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research focuses on: (1) the incorporation of Big Data Analytics into Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) and (2) the spatio-temporal causal modeling of social and physical failure mechanisms in PRA. Since 2012, Dr. Mohaghegh and her research team have been involved in the risk-informed resolution of Generic Safety Issue 191, a long-standing issue for commercial nuclear power plants and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She is the author of a book and over forty conference and journal publications on risk analysis.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL (Jan 2013- present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (April 2016-Present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL (October 2013- present)
  • Part-time Faculty, Beckman Institute of Advance Science and Technology,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL (April 2015-present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Graduate School of Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (July 2014- present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics Institute,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL (September 2014- present)
  • Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute of Advance Science and Technology,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,IL (October 2014- April 2015)

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Major Consulting Activities

  • Founder & Principal Research Scientist, Soteria Consultants,LLC, Boston, MA (March 2010-Aug. 2013)

Resident Instruction

  • NPRE 461, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Fall Semesters
  • NPRE 498/598, Advanced Risk Analysis, Spring Semesters

Research Interests

  • Theoretical & Methodological Areas: Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA); System Reliability; Socio-Technical Risk Analysis; Probabilistic Physics of Failure; Big Data Analytics for Risk Assessment; Spatio-Temporal Causal Modeling of Failure Mechanisms
  • Application Areas: Fire PRA; Location-specific Loss-Of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) Frequency Estimations; Risk-Informed Resolution of Generic Safety Issue 191; Human and Organizational Influences on System Risk; Risk-Informed Regulation; Risk-Informed Emergency Preparedness, Planning and Response

Research Areas

  • Nuclear Power
  • Reactor Transient and Accident Analysis
  • Reliability and Risk
  • Training and Education, Human Factors

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Mohaghegh, Z. , Socio-Technical Risk Analysis, VDM Verlag , ISBN 978-3639134759, March 2009

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Mosleh, ￿Incorporating Organizational Factors into Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of Complex Socio-technical Systems: Principles and Theoretical Foundations￿, Safety Science, Vol. 47, 2009, p. 1139-1158
  • Mohagehgh, Z., Mosleh, A., and Kazemi, R. ￿Incorporating Organizational Factors into Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of Complex Socio-technical Systems: A Hybrid Technique Formalization￿, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 94, Issue 5, 2009, p. 1000-1018
  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Mosleh, A., ￿Measurement Techniques for Organizational Safety Causal Models: Characterization and suggestions for enhancements￿, Safety Science, Vol. 47, 2009, p. 1398-1409

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • O'Shea, N., Mohaghegh, Z., Reihani, S., Kee, E., Fleming, K., & Lydell, B. Analyzing Non-Piping Location-Specific LOCA Frequency for Risk-Informed Resolution of Generic Safety Issue 191. Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis, Sun Valley, ID., 2015
  • Pence, J., Mohaghegh, Z., Ostroff, C., Dang, V., Kee, E., Hubenak, R., Billings, M. A. ￿Quantifying Organizational Factors in Human Reliability Analysis Using Big Data-Theoretic Algorithm￿. Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis, Sun Valley, Idaho., April 2015
  • O￿Shea, N., Pence, J., Mohaghegh, Z., & Kee, E., ￿Physics of Failure, Predictive Modeling and Data Analytics for LOCA Frequency￿, In Proc. of 2015 Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), 2015
  • Pence, J., and Mohaghegh, Z. ￿On the Incorporation of Spatio-Temporal Dimensions into Socio-Technical Risk Analysis￿ Proceedings of International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis, Sun Valley, ID., 2015
  • Pence, J., Mohaghegh, Z., Ostroff, C., Kee, E., Yilmaz, F., Grantom, R., & Johnson, D. ￿Toward Monitoring Organizational Safety Indicators by Integrating Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Socio-Technical Systems Theory, and Big Data Analytics￿, In Proc. of of 12th Int￿l. Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM12) 2014.
  • Abolhelm M., Pence. J., Ertem, M., Mohaghegh Z., Kee E., Yilmaz, F., and Johnson, D. ￿Toward Demonstrating the Monetary Value of Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants￿, Proceedings of 12th International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM12), 2014
  • Sakurahara, T., Reihani, S., Mohaghegh, Z., Brandyberry, M., Kee, E., Yilmaz, F., Rodgers, S., Billings, M., and Johnson, D. ￿Developing A New Fire PRA Framework by Integrating Probabilistic Risk Assessment with Fire Simulation Module￿, Proceedings of 12th International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM12), 2014
  • Sakurahara, T., Reihani, S., Ertem, M., Mohaghegh, Z., and Kee, E. ￿Analyzing Importance Measure Methodologies for Integrated Probabilistic Risk Assessment￿, Proceedings of 12th International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM12), 2014
  • Morton, D., Letellier, B., Tejada, J., Johnson, D., Mohaghegh, Z., Kee, E., Moiseytseva, V., Reihani, S., and Zolean, A. ￿Sensitivity Analyses for High-order Simulation Used in the STP GSI-191 Risk-Informed Resolution Project￿, Proceedings of 2014 22nd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE22), 2014
  • Sakurahara, T., Mohaghegh, Z., Kee, E., Rodgers, S., Brandyberry, M., Kazemi, R., & Reihani, S. ￿A New Integrated Framework to advance Fire Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants￿, Proceedings of 2013 American Nuclear Society, Risk Management Topical Meeting, Nov. 2013
  • Kee, E., Mohaghegh, Z., Kazemi, R., Reihani, S., Letellier, B., and Grantom, R. ￿Risk-Informed Decision Making: Application in Nuclear Power Plant Design & Operation￿, Proceedings of 2013 American Nuclear Society, Risk Management Topical Meeting, November, 2013
  • Elbanna, A., Mohaghegh, Z., Kee, E., Reihani, S., Kazemi, R., Rodgers, S. ￿Toward a Physics-based Seismic PRA￿, Proceedings of 2013 American Nuclear Society, Risk Management Topical Meeting, November, 2013
  • Mohaghegh, Z., Kee, E., Reihani, S., Kazemi, R., Johnson, D., Grantom, R., Fleming, K., Sande, T., Letellier, B., Zigler, G., Morton, D., Tejeda, J., Howe, K., Leavitt, J., Yassin, H., Vaghetto, R., and Lee, S. ￿Risk-Informed Resolution of Generic Safety Issue 191￿, Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSA 2013), September 2013
  • Sande, T., Zigler, G., Kee, E., Letellier, B., Grantom, C., Mohaghegh, Z. ￿The Benefits of Using a Risk-Informed Approach to Resolve GSI-191￿, proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 20), July 30-August 3, 2012, Anaheim, California, USA
  • Mohaghegh, Z., Mosleh, A., Modarres, M. ￿Hybrid Incorporation of Physical & Social Failure Mechanisms into Probabilistic Risk Analysis￿, Proceedings of the 11th International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM11), June 2012
  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Modarres, M. ￿A Probabilistic Physics-Of-Failure Approach to Common Cause Failures in Reliability Assessment of Structures and Components￿, Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society, 2011 Winter Meeting, October 30-November 3, 2011
  • Mohaghegh, Z. , Modarres, M., Christou, A. ￿Physics-based Common Cause Failure Modeling in Probabilistic Risk Analysis: A Mechanistic Perspective ￿, proceedings of the ASME 2011 Power Conference , POWER2011, July 12-14, 2011, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Mohaghegh, Z. ￿Development of an Aviation Safety Causal Model Using Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA)￿, Proceedings of the 10th International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSAM10), June 2010
  • Mohaghegh, Z., ￿Combining System Dynamics and Bayesian Belief Network for Socio-Technical Risk Analysis￿ , workshop on Current Issues in Predictive Approaches to Intelligence and Security Analytics, held in conjunction with the 2010 IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference, May 2010
  • Mohaghegh, Z. ￿Modeling Emergent Behavior for Socio-Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment￿, Proceedings of the 6th ANS Conference on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human Machine Interface Technology (NPIC & HMIT 2009), April 2009
  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Mosleh, A. ￿Modeling Organizational Influences for New-Generation Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Technical Systems￿, Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society Risk Management Topical Meeting, November 2009
  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Mosleh, A. ￿Theoretical Foundations for Building Organizational Safety Models for PRA Applications￿, Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis, September 2008
  • Mohaghegh, Z. , Kazemi, R., and Mosleh, A. ￿A Hybrid Technique for Organizational Safety Risk Analysis￿, Proceedings of the International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management , PSAM-9, May 2008
  • Mohaghegh, Z. and Mosleh, A. ￿Multi-Dimensional Measurement Perspective in Modeling Safety Risk￿, Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Association , ESREL 2007

Invited Lectures

  • Mohaghegh, Z. (2014). Socio-Technical Risk Analysis. Invited Talk at the Young Researcher Workshop The Future of Reliability and Risk Analysis, Italy.
  • Mohaghegh, Z. (2014). Big Data-Theoretic Advancements for Probabilistic Risk Assessment. Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship Research Roundtable. Invited Talk at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
  • Mohaghegh, Z. (2014). Big Data-Theoretic Advancements for Probabilistic Risk Assessment. Invited talk at the IAJC/ISAM Joint International Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Mohaghegh, Z., ￿Modeling Interactive Hardware, Software, and Human Failures for Risk-Informed Decision Making in Hybrid Systems￿, Symposium on Digital Instrumentation, Controls, Cyber Security and HMI in the Nuclear World: Identifying Challenges and Directions, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, sponsored by CSL and NPRE, April 2013

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers , member, 2007-present
  • American Nuclear Society , member, 2009-present
  • Society for Risk Analysis , member, 2007-present

Teaching Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2016)

Research Honors

  • Three-year Department of Energy (DOE) Research Award for Enterprise Risk Management (2017)
  • Five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Award for Big Data Analytics in Risk Assessment (2015)
  • Dean￿s Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2015)
  • The George Apostolakis Fellowship in Risk Assessment (2012)
  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Award (2007)

Public Service Honors

  • Recognition for Excellence as Technical Chair of Risk Management Topical Meeting, American Nuclear Society (2013)