Concordia University

Fuzhan Nasiri, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor, Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering

Office: S-EV 6207 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4172
Website(s): Research Lab
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Dr. Fuzhan Nasiri is a strategic hire assistant professor at Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering. Before joining Concordia, he worked at University College London (UCL) as a faculty member (2011-2014), at Yale University as a research scientist (2009-2011), and at GERAD research group as a postdoctoral fellow (2007-2009).

Dr. Nasiri holds a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, and MSc and BSc in Industrial Systems Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.



ENGR 301 - Engineering Management Principles & Economics

BLDG 6631 & 498 - Fundamentals of Facility Management

CIVI 691 - Sustainable Cities Infrastructure Modeling & Simulation


Provost’s Teaching Award (Outstanding Contribution inTeaching & Learning), University College London (UCL),2013


Research Summary

Dr. Nasiri is doing research at the interface of systems science and sustainability. He is particularly interested in modeling and analysis of the interactions between complex built environment systems (such as infrastructure, facilities and buildings) and the environment. In his research, Dr. Nasiri aims at:

(1) addressing technical, economical, societal, and environmental considerations in an integrated manner while seeking design and operational solutions for built environment systems;

(2) investigating the performance of built environment systems subject to environmental change;

(3) incorporating ecological limits and resource constraints into the built environment strategic and operational decisions;

(4) providing insights into the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental sustainability targets and policies as relate to such decisions.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Cities & Urban Built Environment
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Energy Modelling & Optimization
  • Water Systems Analysis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Facilities Management
  • Risk, Resilience & Reliability Analysis
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Service Operations &Maintenance Management


- NSERC Engage Partnership Grant: Reliability Modeling and Analysis of Biomass Boilers (with BMA Ltd.), 2017.

- NSERC Discovery Grant(Building-Integrated Renewable Heat), 2016-2021.

-  ENCS Capital Research Innovation Grant (with F. Haghighat, M. Elektrowics,Z. Chen, and S. Rahman),2015

- VP Strategic Start-upGrant, Concordia University, 2015-2018

- VP Strategic Equipment Fund , Concordia University, 2015-2017

- ENCS Start-up Grant,Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, 2015-2017

-  UCL Grand Challenges Grant (Sustainable Cities): Assessment and Management of Infrastructure Resilience (with Andy Chow and Afzal Siddiqui),2013-2014

- FM Sector Skills Assessment, UK Asset Skills Council(With Alexi Marmot), 2013-2014

- EMININN:Environmental Macro Indicators of Innovation(Life Cycle analysis of the Built Environment Technologies), (FP7-EuropeanCommission: UCL and 6 other European partners), 2013

- UCL Grand Challenges(Sustainable Cities):Water Reuse Infrastructure Design, Configuration, and Planning (With Sarah Bell), 2012-2013

-  ARUP Global Research Challenge Research Award: Urban Water Reuse Network Modeling and Optimisation, 2011-2012

- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University - National Science Foundation (NSF), 2009-2010

- GERAD Fellowship, Groupe d' Études et de Recherche en Analyse des Décisions (GERAD),2007-2009

- NSERC Industrial R&D Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), approved for2007-2010 (declined)

- NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), approved for2007-2009 (declined)


  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGS)

  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

  • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

  • International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS)


Books & Book Chapters

Wilcox, J., Bell, S., & Nasiri, F. (2017). Water Reuse Trajectories. In Urban Water Trajectories (pp. 69-80). Springer.


F. Nasiri, (2014). “Sustainable Infrastructure Facilities Management” (Editorial), Journal of Facilities Management, 12 (3).

F. Nasiri and M. Pitt (2011). “Defining Risk in Facilities Management” (Editorial), Journal of Facilities Management, 9 (3).

M. J. Eckelman and F. Nasiri (2011). “Thinking in Systems” (Invited Book Review), Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15 (1), 156-157.

Journal Papers

Pourhosseini, O. and Nasiri, F. (2017). Availability-based Reliability-centered Maintenance Scheduling: A Case Study of Domestic (Building-integrated) Hot Water (DHW) Systems, ASCE Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Part A - Civil Engineering, accepted-in-press.

Yousefli, Z., Nasiri, F., and Moselhi, O. (2017). Healthcare Facilities Maintenance Management: A Review, Journal of Facilities Management, accepted-in-press.

Nasiri,F., Mafakheri, F., Adebanjo, D., Haghighat, F. (2016). Modeling and Analysis of Renewable Heat Integration into Non-Domestic Buildings - The Case of Biomass Boilers: A Whole Life Asset-Supply Chain Optimization Approach Using System Dynamics, Biomass and Bioenergy, 95, 244–256.

Si, J., Marjanovic-Halburd, L., Nasiri, F., and Bell, S. (2016). Assessment of Building-Integrated Green Technologies: A Review and Case Study on Applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Method, Sustainable Cities and Society, 27, 106-115.

J Wilcox, F Nasiri, S Bell, MS Rahaman (2016) Urban Water Reuse:A Triple Bottom Line Assessment Framework and Review. Sustainable Cities and Society, 27, 448-456.

Nasiri, F., and M. S. Mafakheri (2015). “Qanat water supply systems: a revisit of sustainability perspectives.” Environmental Systems Research ,4(1), 1-5.

Mafakheri, F. and Nasiri, F.(2015). “Postgraduate Research Supervision at a Distance: A Review of Challenges and Strategies”, Studies in Higher Education, 40 (10),1962-1969

Nasiri, F., & Mafakheri, F. (2015). "Higher Education Lecturing and Humor: From Perspectives to Strategies." Higher Education Studies, 5(5), 26.

F.Mafakheri and F.Nasiri (2014). “Modeling of Biomass-to-Energy Supply Chain Operations: Applications, Challenges and Opportunities”, Energy Policy, 67, 116-126

J. Si, F. Nasiri, P. Heng, T. Li (2014). “Variation in Ecosystem Service Valuesin Response to Land Use Changes in Zhifanggou Watershed of Loess Plateau: A Comparative Study”, Environmental Systems Research, 3 (2), 1-10

F. Mafakheri and F. Nasiri (2013). “Revenue Sharing Coordination in Reverse Logistics”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 59, 185-196.

F. Nasiri, T. Savage, R. Wang, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman (2013). “A System Dynamics Approach for Urban Water Reuse Planning: A Case Study from the Great Lakes Region”, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 27(3), 675-691.

F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour (2010). “Renewable Portfolio Standard Policy: A Game-theoretic Analysis”, INFOR, 48 (4), 251-260.

W. Mo, F. Nasiri, M. Eckelman, Q. Zhang, and J.B. Zimmerman (2010). “Measuring the Embodied Energy in Drinking Water Supply Systems: A Case Study in the Great Lakes Region”, Environmental Science & Technology, 44 (24),9516-9521.

F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour (2009). “An Exploratory Game-Theoretic Analysis of Biomass Electricity Generation Supply Chain”, Energy Policy, 37 (11),4514-4522.

F. Nasiri, A. Manuilova and G. H. Huang (2009). "Environmental Policy Analysis in Transportation Planning: An Optimality Assessment Approach", International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 3 (2), 1-22.

F. Nasiri and G. H. Huang (2008), “A Fuzzy Decision Aid Model for Environmental Performance Assessment in Waste Recycling”, Environmental Modeling and Software, 23 (6), 677-689.

F. Nasiri and G. H. Huang (2008), “Integrated Capacity Planning for Electricity Generation: An Environmental Policy Analysis Approach”, Energy Sources Journal, Part B: Economics, Policy and Planning, 3 (3), 259-279.

F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, and M. Moussavi (2008). “Project Agility Assessment:An Integrated Decision Analysis Approach”, Production Planning & Control, 19 (6),567-576.

F. Nasiri and G. H. Huang (2007). “Ecological Viability Assessment: A Fuzzy Multiple-Attribute Analysis with respect to Three Classes of Ordering Approaches”, Ecological Informatics, 2 (2), 128-137.

F. Nasiri, I. Maqsood, G. H. Huang and N. Fuller (2007). “Water Quality Index:A Fuzzy River-Pollution Decision Support Expert System”, ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, 133 (2), 95-105.

F. Nasiri, G. H. Huang and N. Fuller (2007). “Prioritizing Ground water Remediation Policies: A Compatibility Analysis Decision Aid”, Journal of Environmental Management,82 (1), 13-23.

F. Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezak, and F. Nasiri (2007). “Project Delivery System Selection under Uncertainty: A Multi Criteria Multi-Level Decision Aid Model”, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 23 (4), 200-206.


Yousefli, Z., Nasiri, F., and Moselhi, O., “Multi-AgentSystems for the Simulation of Maintenance Resource Allocation in HealthcareBuildings”, 2017 SIM Expo, Mississauga, ON, Canada, Nov.30-Dec. 01,2017.  

Assad, A., Nasiri, F., and Zayed, T., “HolisticResilience-Based Asset Management Using System Dynamics and EvolutionaryOptimization”, National Water and Wastewater Conference, St. John’s, NL,Canada, Nov. 5-8, 2017.

Amador, L., Mohammadi, A., Nasiri, F.,"Acooperative environment to incorporate comfort on modal choices and tripassignment", The 2017 ITS World Congress, Montreal, QC, Canada, Oct.29-Nov. 02, 2017.

Amiri Fard, F., and Nasiri, F., “Development of aModel for Energy Management Decisions in Refurbishment of Buildings”, InternationalConference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17),Toronto, ON, Canada, Aug. 23-25, 2017.

Amador, L., Mohammadi, A., Nasiri, F., “Level ofcomfort, and safety in urban subway”, The 4th International Conference onTransportation Information and Safety (ICTIS) - ASCE/CSCE/IEEE joint conference,Banff, AB, Aug. 8-10, 2017. (Best Paper Award)

Igwe, C., Nasiri, F., Hammad, A. “Evaluating theImpact of Buildability Assessment and Value Management on Construction ProjectDelivery”. The 2017 Project Management Symposium, Maryland, USA, May4-5, 2017.

Pourhosseini, O., and Nasiri, F., Availability-basedmaintenance scheduling in domestic hot water systems of HVAC. The 58thCanadian Operational Research Society Annual Conference (CORS2016), Banff,AB, May 30-June 01, 2016.

Jafarpour, A., Zakikhani, K., and Nasiri, F., AReplacement Analysis of Exterior Wall Insulation Retrofitting in ResidentialBuildings. The 2016 CSCE Annual Conference, Canadian Society for CivilEngineering, London, ON, June 1-4, 2016.

Jafarpour, A., and Nasiri, F., A ComparativeAssessment of Insulated Concrete and Wood Frame Wall Technologies: BuildingEnvelope Perspectives, Costing, and Environmental Impacts. The 2016 CSCEAnnual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, London, ON, June1-4, 2016.

F. Nasiri, and F. Mafakheri “Integrating BiomassBoilers into Non-domestic Buildings: A System Dynamics Analysis, CORS/INFORMSInternational Conference, Montreal, QC, June 14-17, 2015.

F. Nasiri, M. Shouler, and S. Tahir. “District WaterReuse Network Optimisation”, The 18th Young OR Conference of theOperational Research Society, Exeter, UK, 9-11 April, 2013.

M. Shouler, S. Tahir, and F. Nasiri. “Water-reuse Networks”,The 38th CIBW062 International Symposium on Water Supply and Drainage forBuildings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 27-30 August, 2012.

T. Savage, R. Wang, F. Nasiri, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman. “MunicipalWater System Planning and Optimization: Exploring Water Reclamation and Reusefrom Water Utilities’ Perspectives”, International System Dynamics SocietyConference, Washington, D.C., USA, July 24-28, 2011.

F. Nasiri, T. Savage, R. Wang, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman. “A SystemDynamics Approach for Urban Water Reclamation-Reuse Planning: A Case Study fromthe Great Lakes Region”, Engineering Sustainability 2011, Pittsburgh,PA, USA, April 10-12, 2011.

F. Nasiri, T. Savage, R. Wang, N. Barawid, and J.B.Zimmerman. “Urban Water Reclamation-Reuse Planning and Management: A SystemDynamics Approach”, CRM-GERAD-MITACSJoint Workshop on Decision Analysis and Sustainable Development, Montreal,QC, Canada, September 27-28, 2010.

F. Nasiri andG. Zaccour, “AGame-Theoretic Analysis of Biomass Electricity Generation Supply Chain”, The 2009 Decision Sciences Institute AnnualMeeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, November 14-17, 2009.

F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour, “Renewable PortfolioStandard: A Game-theoretic Analysis”, The INFORMSAnnual Meeting (InvitedSpeaker - Section: Energy, NaturalResources, and the Environment), San Diego, CA, USA, October 11-14,2009.

F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour, “Analyzing BiomassUtilization for Power Generation in Canada: A Game-Theoretic Approach”,Workshop on Dynamic Games in Management (Section: Energy and Resources),Montreal, May 2-3, 2008.

F. Nasiri andG. Huang, “Capacity Planning forElectricity Generation with Energy-Environmental Targets”, Workshop on GameTheory in Energy, Resources, and Environment, Montreal, October 25-26,2007.

F. Nasiri andG. Huang, “Waste Recycling Programs in Canada: A Fuzzy Multiple AttributeEnvironmental Performance Analysis”, accepted at The Joint InternationalConference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering,Montreal, June 14-16, 2006.

F. Nasiri, G.Huang and N. Fuller, “A Compatibility Analysis Decision Aid for Selecting theOptimal Groundwater Remediation Technologies”, accepted at The InternationalConference on Environmental Management (ICEM), Hyderabad, India, October28-30, 2005.

F. Mafakheri,L. Dai, D. Slezak and F. Nasiri, “Selecting the Optimal Project DeliverySystem: A Rough-AHP Decision Aid”,In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Rough Sets and SoftComputing in Intelligent Agent and Web Technology (IEEE / WIC / CMInternational Joint Conference), Compiegne, France, September 19-22, 2005.

F. Nasiri, G.Huang, I. Maqsood, and N. Fuller, “Water Quality Index: A Multiple CriteriaApproach”, accepted at The Third International Conference on River BasinManagement, Bologna, Italy, September 6-8, 2005.

F. Nasiri, G.Huang and G. Fuller, “A Fuzzy State-Space HOQ Model for Solid WasteManagement”, accepted at The 19th International Conference on Solid WasteTechnology & Management, Philadelphia, PA, USA, March 21-24, 2004.

S.Khanmohammadi, F. Nasiri and M. Charmi, “Delay Time Estimating in ProjectManagement Using Fuzzy Delays and Fuzzy Probabilities”, In Proceedings of the InternationalICSC Conference on Computational Intelligence (CIM2001), Bangor, UK,June19-21, 2001.

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