Mohaghegh to give lecture in Women in Science series

12/9/2021

Phillip Kisubika

Mohaghegh to give lecture in Women in Science series

NPRE Associate Professor Dr. Zahra Mohaghegh will be giving a lecture on Tuesday, December 14 at 12 p.m. Central as part of the University's Women in Science Lecture Series. You can register to take part in the lecture here.

Dr. Mohaghegh will share her research on Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) that helps improve safety in nuclear power plants and other complex technological systems. She is also an affiliate to Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and School of Information Sciences at UIUC.  Mohaghegh established the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Research Laboratory at UIUC to advance risk science and applications for the safety of complex technological systems such as commercial nuclear power plants and advanced reactors, civil aviation, and oil industries. 

Dr. Mohaghegh is serving as a member of the Committee on Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has conducted research and published widely on probabilistic risk assessment, probabilistic physics of failure analysis, human-system reliability modeling, risk-informed decision making, and uncertainty analysis; benefiting from grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, nuclear power industry, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mohaghegh received the Zonta International Award for conducting aviation safety research; the George Apostolakis Award in risk assessment; the College of Engineering at Illinois Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research; and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award for her pioneering in the introduction of human and organizational factors into the risk analysis of socio-technical systems in nuclear and other high-risk industries. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (IAPSAM).