Sadra is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Surrey in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. His Ph.D. research outlines methods to analyze and design offshore wind turbines in seismic zones. He is also active as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Surrey (Part-time) in geotechnical engineering-related subjects. These roles have broadened his academic teaching, research, and communication skills.
In Singapore, Sadra had a couple of joyful working years with a Korean design and construction firm, DL E&C (Previously known as Daelim industrial). His experience involved constructing and installing 221 10- storey tall Caissons to form 8.6 km of seawall between 2017 to 2019 with a total project value of approximately $2 billion.
He holds a first-class Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree from Swansea University (2016) and a MSc specializing in Advanced Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Surrey (2020). Sadra’s MSc project was awarded the Keller prize for being the best dissertation in the program to design and analyze novel foundations for offshore wind turbines.
Sadra is also familiar with several industrial and research-level software in the structural and geotechnical engineering fields. This combined experience helps him review the ongoing geotechnical problems in the offshore engineering field and provide suitable engineering solutions.
Sadra's main research interests include offshore wind energy, wind turbine design and analysis, seismic analysis, geotechnical engineering, and numerical analysis. Offshore Wind Turbine infrastructures (turbines, sub-stations, and sub-sea cables) in seismic countries will be exposed to earthquake-related effects (such as strong shaking, ground slope movement, soil liquefaction, Tsunami) apart from the usual extreme offshore weather (such as hurricanes, typhoons, extreme waves etc). Offshore wind farm as a power source should work even after strong earthquakes and therefore, need to be seismically resilient. This is a new area as offshore wind turbines are being constructed in seismic areas such as Taiwan, China, USA, Japan and India. Research is required to develop design guidelines and predict performance to cope with earthquake impacts. Sadra's focus is to develop an understanding of the performance of offshore wind turbines under earthquake loading and propose methodology for analysis and design.