Akbar Shirzad
Assistant Professor, Planning and Management of Water Resources and Environmental Systems
Email: a.shirzaduut.ac.ir, ashirzadut.ac.ir
Phone: +98 44 3198 0250
Fax: +98 44 3198 0251

Academic Education
 Ph.D. in Civil EngineeringWater Engineering, Planning and Management of Water Resources and Environmental Systems, 20082013, Tehran University, Total GPA: about 17.6/20
 M.Sc. in Civil EngineeringWater Engineering, 20042006, Tehran University, Total GPA: about 18.3/20
 B.Sc. in Water Engineering, 20002004, Tabriz University, Total GPA: about 17.9/20
 Diploma in Mathematics and Physics, Mohammad Jafar Manavi High school, Urmia, Iran, Total GPA: 19.2/20

Awards and Honors:
 Ranked 1^{st} among 150 students at the end of high school period, 2000
 Ranked 2^{nd} among 30 students at the end of BSc. period, 2004
 Ranked 3^{rd} in nationwide MSc. entrance exam
 Ranked 1^{st} among 12 students at the end of MSc. period, 2006

Teaching Courses
 Soft Computing
 Advanced Design of Water Distribution Networks
 Water and Wastewater engineering
 Engineering Hydrology
 Hydraulic Structures
 Hydraulics
 Sediment Engineering
 Fluid Mechanics
 Environmental Engineering
 Engineering Statistics and Probability
 System Engineering

Research Interests
 Soft Computing
 Optimization of water resources and environmental systems
 Reliability of water resources and environmental systems
 Investigation on Pipe Failures in water distribution networks
 Consumption management and reducing nonrevenue water (NRW)
 Head dependent simulation models
 Experimental and field research on pressuredischarge relationship used in HDSM models
 Modeling of leakage in water distribution networks.
 Experimental and field research on leakage in water distribution networks
 Metamodeling

Articles Published in Refereed Journals:
 Naseri, M., Daneshbod, Y., Pirouz, M. D., Rakhshandehroo, Gh. R. and Shirzad, A., (2012). “A new analytical solution to water content simulation in porous media”, Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, 138(4), 328–335.
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M., Farmani, R. and Mohammadi, M., (2013). “Pressuredischarge relations with application in head driven simulation of water distribution networks”, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, 139(6), 660670.
 Tabesh, M., Shirzad, A., Arefkhani, V. and Mani, A., (2014). “A comparative study between modified and available EPANETbased models for head driven analysis of water distribution networks”, Urban Water Journal, 11(3), 221230.
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Farmani, R., (2014). “A comparison between performance of support vector regression and artificial neural network in prediction of pipe burst rate in water distribution networks”, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering, 18(4), 941948.
 Tabesh, M., Shirzad, A. and Maghari, M., (2013). “Optimum pipe replacement schedule in water distribution network using genetic algorithm”, Journal of Iran Water Resources Research, 8(3), 8387 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Heidarzadeh, M., (2015). “A new method for quasioptimal design of water distribution networks”, Journal of Water Resources Management, 29(14), 52955308.
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2015). “A pressure dependent analysisbased index to assess reliability of water distribution networks”, International Journal of Environmental Engineering, ISSN: 23741724, 2(2), 6972.
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2016). “New indices for reliability assessment of water distribution networks”, Journal of Water Supply: Research and TechnologyAqua, 65(5), 384395.
 Shirzad, A. and Abdollahi Pourarki, A.R., (2016). “Optimal design of urban sewer networks underlining the execution aspects (case study: sewer network of Urmia city)”, Journal of Iran Water Resources Research, 13(2), 215220 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Atayikia, B., (2017). “Multiobjective optimization of pressure dependent dynamic design for water distribution networks”, Journal of Water Resources Management, 31(9), 25612578.
 Tabesh, M., Sangroudi, G.K. and Shirzad, A., (2017). “Environmental assessment of urban water and wastewater systems from greenhouse gasses production point of view; case study: city of Sari”, Journal of Environmental Studies, 43(1), 117134 (In Persian).
 Safari, M.J.S., Shirzad, A. and Mohammadi, M., (2017). “Sediment transport modeling in deposited bed sewers: unified form of May’s equations using the particle swarm optimization algorithm”, Water Science & Technology, 76(4), 9921000.
 Shafei, E. and Shirzad, A., (2017). “Ant colony optimization for dynamic stability of laminated composite plates”, Steel and Composite Structures, 25(1), 105116.
 Shirzad, A., (2017). “Shortening the search time in optimization of water distribution networks”, Urban Water Journal, 14(10), 10381044.
 Bayat, H., Tabesh, M. and Shirzad, A., (2018). “Proposing a water quality index for rivers in iran”, Journal of Iran Water Resources Research, 14(1), 102113 (In Persian).
 Faraji, M., Esmaeili, A. and Shirzad, A., (2018). “A comparison among the results of various dispersion relations for the ellipsometric data of Mn:ZnO thin films using PSO algorithm”, Physica B: Condensed Matter, 545, 15 September, 125133.
 Safari, M.J.S. and Shirzad, A., (2018). “Selfcleansing design of sewers: definition of the optimum deposited bed thickness”, water environment research, doi: 10.1002/wer.1037.

Articles Published and Presented in Conferences
 Shirzad, A. and Badiei, P., (2007). “Performance of logistic and linear transfer functions in modeling of pollution mixing in rivers and reservoirs using artificial neural network”, Proceedings of the 7^{th} International River Engineering Conference, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran, February 1315 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Ghorbani, M. and Soltani, F., (2007). “Comparison of performance of logistic and tangent hyperbolic transfer functions in modeling of rainfallrunoff process using artificial neural networks”, Proceedings of the 3^{rd} National Congress on Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran, May 13 (In Persian).
 Soltani, F. and Shirzad, A., (2007). “Comparison of performance of ANFIS and ANN systems in simulation of reservoir qualitative parameters case study: reservoir of 15khordad dam”, Proceedings of the 3^{rd} National Congress on Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran, May 13 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Badiei, P. and Soltani, F., (2008). “Modeling of pollution mixing in rivers using artificial neural network”, Proceedings of the 4^{th} National Congress on Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, May 68 (In Persian).
 Heidarzadeh, M. and Shirzad, A., (2008) “Importance and role of wastewater treatment plants in quantitative and qualitative conservation of water resources case study: wastewater treatment of Khoy City”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} National Conference on Reclaimed Water Importance in Water Resources Management, Sarvab Company, Mashhad, Iran, May 2223 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Badiei, P., (2008). “Modeling of pollution mixing in reservoirs using artificial neural network”, Proceedings of the 7^{th} Iranian Hydraulic Conference, Power and Water University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, November 1113 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Soltani, F. and Zare, H., (2009). “Simulation of scour downstream of skijump bucket using KNN and ANFIS techniques”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} International Conference of Water Crisis, Zabol University, Zabol, Iran, March 1012 (In Persian).
 Soltani, F., Zare, H. and Shirzad, A., (2009). “Comparison of ANFIS and KNN systems in simulation of qualitative parameters of reservoir Case study: 15khordad dam”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} International Conference of Water Crisis, Zabol University, Zabol, Iran, March 1012 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Ghorbani, M. and Soltani, F., (2009). “Modeling of rainfallrunoff process using artificial neural networks Case study: Talkheh rud Watershed”, Proceedings of the 5^{th} National Conference on Watershed Management (Natural Hazards Sustainable Management), University of Gorgan, Gorgan, Iran, April 2223 (In Persian).
 Tabesh, M., Shirzad, A. and Maghari, M., (2009). “A pipe replacement model in water distribution networks considering economic and hydraulic constraints and cost of lost water”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} National Conference on Engineering and Management of Infrastructures, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, November 2728 (In Persian).
 Nasseri, M., Dolatshahi, M. and Shirzad, A., (2010). “Investigation of water content simulation in porous media: application of traveling wave solution”, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Mathematics and Statistics, Sharjah,U.A.E., March 1821.
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Arjomandi, P., (2011). “Investigation on the influence of utilizing average hydraulic pressure and maximum hydraulic pressure for pipe burst rate prediction in water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress, ASCE, Palm Springs, California, May 2226.
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2011). “Prediction of pipe burst rate in water distribution networks using support vector machine”, Proceedings of the 4th IWAASPIRE Conference, Tokyo, Japan, October 2 to 6.
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2011). “Investigation on hydraulic pressure variations influence on pipe burst rate prediction in water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 6^{th} national Congress on Civil Engineering, University of Semnan, Semnan, Iran, April 2627 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Soltani, F., (2011). “Comparison between the performance of SVM and ANFIS techniques in prediction of pipe failure rate in water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} International Conference on Water and Wastewater, Tehran, Iran, April 2628 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Tabesh, M. and Soltani, F., (2011). “Comparison between the performance of SVM and KNN techniques in prediction of pipe failure rate in water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 4^{th} Iran Water Resources Management Conference, University of Amirkabir, Tehran, Iran, May 34 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2011). “Experimental evaluation of pressuredischarge relations used in head driven analysis based models of water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 10^{th} Iranian Hydraulic Conference, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran, November 810 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2012). “Study of pressuredischarge relations in water distribution networks using field measurements”, Proceedings of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, Busan, Korea, September 1621.
 Shirzad, A., Badiei, P. and Arjomandi, P., (2012). “Modelling of pollution mixing in water bodies”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} Water Flow and Pollution National Conference, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, May 2324 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2012). “Field evaluation of pressuredischarge relations used in head driven analysis based models of water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 9^{th} International Congress on Civil Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, May 810 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2013). “Pressure dependent simulation of water distribution networks using a new pressuredischarge relationship”, Proceedings of the 6th International Perspective on Water Resources and the Environment (IPWE), ASCE, Izmir, Turkey, January 79.
 Hoseinzadeh, M., Amiri, S., Bayat, M. and Shirzad, A., (2013). “Assessment and Upgrading of the Aerated Lagoons of Khoy Wastewater Treatment Plant for Water Reusing”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} National Conference on Water Reuse, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, January 2526 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2015). “Evaluation of different pressure dependent analysis models of water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 1^{st} Water Engineering Conference, Shahid Beheshti Conf. Center, Tehran, Iran, October 1718 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A. and Tabesh, M., (2015). “A pressure dependent analysisbased index to assess reliability of water distribution networks”, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Engineering, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2627, doi: 10.15224/ 978163248068257.
 Shirzad, A., Dini, M., and Tabesh, M., (2016). “Maximization of water distribution networks' reliability”, Proceedings of the 4^{th} International Reliability Engineering Conference, IREC2016, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran, May 24 (In Persian).
 Dini, M., Shirzad, A., and Tabesh, M., (2016). “Comparing the efficiency of hydraulic reliability indices in the design of water distribution systems”, Proceedings of the 4^{th} International Reliability Engineering Conference, IREC2016, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran, May 24 (In Persian).
 Kherad Ranjbar, M. and Shirzad, A., (2017). “Comparing the performance of MLP and RBF neural networks in prediction of river daily discharge”, National Conference of Water and Hydraulic Structures, Islamic Azad University, Dezful Branch, Iran, March 1 (In Persian).
 Shabihzadeh, A., Shafei, E. and Shirzad, A., (2017). “Vibration control and energy dissipation enhancement of reinforced concrete members with shape memory alloys (SMA) subjected to dynamic loads”, National Conference on Modern Knowledge and Technology in Engineering in the Technology Era, Tehran, Iran, November 8 (In Persian).
 Shirzad, A., Sakkaki, S. and Jafari, E., (2018). “Estimation of compressive strength of hollow concrete prisms using fuzzy inference system”, First National Conference on Infrastructure Engineering, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran, October 1011 (In Persian).
 Ghale jughi, F., Shafei, E. and Shirzad, A., (2018). “Estimation of nominal shear strength of FRPstrengthened concrete beams using artificial neural networks”, First National Conference on Infrastructure Engineering, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran, October 1011 (In Persian).

Professional Membership
 Member of IWWA (Iranian Water and Wastewater Association)
 Member of IHA (Iranian Hydraulic Association)
 Member of IAID (Iranian Association of Irrigation and Drainage)
 Member of IRCOLD (Iranian National Committee on Large Dams).
