Alireza Sassani


Research Scientist, CTRE





InTrans, CTRE

About Alireza

Dr. Alireza Sassani is a research scientist at the Institute for Transportation, contributing to various research associated with the Center for Transportation Research and Education. He has more than 14 years of experience in urban and transportation infrastructure engineering with a diverse research background that covers various aspects of infrastructure systems. His current research focuses on transportation asset management, intelligent transportation systems, and connected and automated vehicles. Dr. Sassani’s research aims to develop integrated infrastructure systems that support the vision of smart cities.



  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Iowa State University, 2018
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 2014
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Guilan, Iran, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Research Scientist, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, 2022–present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, 2019–2022


  • Sassani, A., H. Ceylan, H. Abdualla, S. Kim, A. Arabzadeh, K. Gopalakrishnan, and P. C. Taylor. “Electrically Conductive Concrete Mixture Composition and System Design for Resistive Heating of Pavements with Low Volume Fractions of Carbon Microfiber,” Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF), US 2020/0262753 A1.
  • Arabzadeh, A., A. Sassani, H. Ceylan, and S. Kim. “Electrically-conductive asphalt concrete containing carbon fibers,” US 2021/0024418 A1.

Selected Publications

  • Fakhri, M., S. Javadi, A. Sassani, and M. Torabi-Dizaji. 2022. Zinc Slag as a Partial or Total Replacement for Mineral Filler in Warm Mix Asphalt and Its Effects on Self-Healing Capacity and Performance Characteristics. Materials, Vol. 15, No. 3, 736 pp.
  • Fakhri, M., S. Javadi, R. Sedghi, A. Sassani, A. Arabzadeh, and B. Baveli Bahmai. 2021. Microwave Induction Heating of Polymer-Modified Asphalt Materials for Self-Healing and Deicing. Sustainability, Vol. 13, No. 18.
  • Sassani, A., O. Smadi, and N. Hawkins. 2021. Developing Pavement Marking Management Systems: A Theoretical Model Framework Based on the Experiences of the US Transportation Agencies. Infrastructures, Vol. 6, No. 2, 18 pp.
  • Sassani, A., A. Arabzadeh, H. Ceylan, S. Kim, K. Gopalakrishnan, P. C. Taylor, and A. Nahvi. 2019. Polyurethane-Carbon Microfiber Composite Coating for Electrical Heating of Concrete Pavement Surfaces. Heliyon, Vol. 5, No. 8.
  • Arabzadeh, A., Notani, M., Kazemianzadeh, A., Nahvi, A., Sassani, A., and H. Ceylan. 2019. Electrically Conductive Asphalt Concrete: An Alternative for Automating the Winter Maintenance Operations of Transportation Infrastructure. Journal of Composites Part B: Engineering, Vol. 173.
  • Arabzadeh, A., A. Sassani, H. Ceylan, S. Kim, K. Gopalakrishnan, and P. C. Taylor. 2019. Comparison between cement paste and asphalt mastic modified by carbonaceous materials: Electrical and thermal properties. Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 213, pp. 121–130.
  • Nahvi, A., M. Sadoughi, A. Arabzadeh, A. Sassani, S. Kim, H. Ceylan, and C. Hu. 2019. Multi-objective Bayesian Optimization of Superhydrophobic Coatings on Asphalt Concrete Surfaces. Journal of Computational Design and Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 693–704
  • Malakooti, A., H. Abdualla, A. Sassani, H. Ceylan, and S. Kim, S. 2019. Effect of Electrode Geometry and Size on Heating Performance if Electrically Conductive Concrete. Proc., 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Conference, Washington, DC.