Mehdi Noori joined the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub team in the fall of 2016. “My job here is to conduct research, create tools, and participate in implementation projects on Life Cycle Assessment (LCCA) and Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of buildings,” he explained. “I am also interested in studying the approaches that help to improve the resilience capacity of buildings and communities in the face of natural hazards.”
Mehdi, who is from Iran, received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Tehran and a Master of Science in construction engineering and management from the Amirkabir University of Technology. After college, he started working in construction management and spent almost five years in the industry, mostly working on high performance, energy efficient buildings. He decided to move to the United States and pursue a career in sustainability in 2011.
Mehdi graduated from a Master of Science program at University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2013 and then joined the Energy Efficiency services group at Eversource where he spent one year working on emerging technologies in energy efficiency, green buildings, and net zero energy buildings. He returned to Orlando after a year with Eversource to complete a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, and worked as a postdoctoral associate and instructor at UCF. He is also an Energy Manager in Training and a LEED Green Associate.
He found his way to MIT after meeting CSHub Executive Director Jeremy Gregory at a conference last spring. Through his work with the CSHub, Mehdi said he is “particularly interested in comparing the resilience as well as the embodied and operational energy of concrete versus wood structures from a building stock perspective.”
Outside of his CSHub work, Mehdi is very interested in nature and enjoys hiking. “Among the most exciting [hikes] that I have done are Mount Damavand in Iran (the highest volcano in Asia) and Half Dome in Yosemite. I love climbing and have been doing it for a few years.”
He is also a soccer enthusiast and said, aside from sports, he likes poker a lot – an activity from which he draws lessons that can be applied to his work with Building Resilience.
“Not taking proper resilience actions against the natural hazards is like playing poker with nature, except mother nature sits there with a better hand all the time, and we have the built environment at risk in the pot,” he said. “We might be lucky and win a few times, but eventually we will be paying back. Let’s pick better hands to play with by investing in resilience!”