Concordia University

Fuzhan Nasiri, PhD, PEng

Associate 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 an associate professor at Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering (BCEE). Dr. Nasiri is also affiliated with Institut Nordique du Québec (INQ). 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 & 481 - Fundamentals of Facility Management

CIVI 691 - Sustainable Cities Infrastructure Modeling & Simulation


Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering & Computer Science (ENCS), Concordia University, 2018 

Provost’s Teaching Award (Outstanding Contribution in Teaching & 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 physical 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 complex physical systems;

(2) investigating the performance of complex physical systems subject to environmental change;

(3) incorporating ecological limits and resource constraints into the strategic and operational decisions for physical systems;

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

Research Interests

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


- NSERC Engage Partnership Grant: Integrated Techno-economic Assessment of Community-scale Geothermal Facilities for Nunavik (with BBA Inc.), 2018.

- 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: Waste-To-Energy Conversion (with F. Haghighat, M. Elektrowics,Z. Chen, and S. Rahman),2015

- VP Strategic Grant, 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)
  • International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • Institute Nordic du Quebec (INQ)
  • Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS)


Books & Book Chapters

[B1] Wilcox, J., Bell, S., & Nasiri, F. (2017). Water Reuse Trajectories. In Urban Water Trajectories (pp. 69-80). Springer.


[E3] F. Nasiri, (2014). “Sustainable Infrastructure Facilities Management” (Editorial), Journal of Facilities Management, 12 (3).

[E2] F. Nasiri and M. Pitt (2011). “Defining Risk in Facilities Management” (Editorial), Journal of Facilities Management, 9 (3).

[E1] M. J. Eckelman and F. Nasiri (2011). “Thinking in Systems” (Invited Book Review), Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15 (1), 156-157.

Journal Papers

[J31] M. Hosseini Rahdar, F. Nasiri, B. Lee (2019). A Review of Numerical Modeling and Experimental Analysis of Combustion in Moving Grate Biomass Combustors, Energy & Fuels, accepted-in-press.    

[J30] Mohammadi, A., Amador, A., and Nasiri, F. (2019). A Multi-Criteria Assessment of the Passengers' Level of Comfort in Urban Railway Rolling Stock, Sustainable Cities and Society, accepted-in-press.  

[J29] K. Zakikhani, F. Nasiri, T. Zayed (2019).A Review on Failure Prediction Models for Oil and Gas Pipelines, ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems - Engineering and Practice, accepted-in-press.

[J28] F. Amiri Fard, A. Jafarpour, and F.Nasiri (2019). Comparative Assessment of Insulated Concrete Wall Technologies and Wood-frame Walls in Residential Buildings, Advances in Building Energy Research, accepted-in-press.

[J27] Mohammadi, A., Amador, A., and Nasiri,F. (2019). Review of Asset Management for Metro Systems: Challenges and Opportunities, Transport Reviews, 39 (3), 309-326.

[J26] Amiri Fard, F., Sharif, S.A.,and Nasiri, F. (2019). Applications of Passive Measures for Energy Conservation in Buildings - A Review, Advances in Building Energy Research, 13 (2),282-315.

[J25] Mohammadi, A., Amador, A., and Nasiri,F. (2018). Optimising Public Transport for Reducing Employment Barriers and Fighting Poverty, Journal of Sustainable Development & Planning, 13(6), 860-871.

[J24] Amiri Fard, F. and Nasiri, F. (2018). An Integrated Assessment-Optimization Approach for Building Refurbishment Projects: The Case Study of Passive Energy Measures, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 32 (5), 1-6.

[J23] Pourhosseini,O. and Nasiri, F. (2018). 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,4 (1), 0501700: 1-13.

[J22] Yousefli,Z., Nasiri, F., and Moselhi,O. (2017). Healthcare Facilities Maintenance Management: A Review, Journal of Facilities Management, 15 (4), 352-375.

[J21] 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.

[J20] 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.

[J19] 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.

[J18] Nasiri, F., and M. S. Mafakheri (2015).“Qanat water supply systems: a revisit of sustainability perspectives.”Environmental Systems Research , 4(1), 1-5.

[J17] 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.

[J16]Nasiri, F.,& Mafakheri, F. (2015). "Higher Education Lecturing and Humor:From Perspectives to Strategies." Higher Education Studies, 5(5),26.

[J15] F.Mafakheri and F.Nasiri(2014).“Modeling of Biomass-to-Energy Supply Chain Operations:Applications,Challenges and Opportunities”, Energy Policy, 67, 116-126.

[J14]J. Si, F. Nasiri, P. Heng, T. Li(2014). “Variation in Ecosystem Service Values in Response to Land Use Changes in Zhifanggou Watershed of Loess Plateau: A Comparative Study”, Environmental Systems Research, 3 (2), 1-10.

[J13] F. Mafakheri and F. Nasiri(2013).“Revenue Sharing Coordination in Reverse Logistics”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 59, 185-196.

[J12] 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.

[J11] F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour (2010).“Renewable Portfolio Standard Policy: A Game-theoretic Analysis”, INFOR,48(4), 251-260.

[J10] 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.

[J9] F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour (2009).“An Exploratory Game-Theoretic Analysis of Biomass Electricity Generation Supply Chain”, Energy Policy, 37 (11), 4514-4522.

[J8] 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.

[J7] 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.

[J6] 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.

[J5] F. Mafakheri, F. Nasiri, and M.Moussavi (2008). “Project Agility Assessment:An Integrated Decision Analysis Approach”, Production Planning & Control, 19 (6), 567-576.

[J4] 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.

[J3] 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.

[J2] F. Nasiri, G. H. Huang and N.Fuller(2007). “Prioritizing Groundwater Remediation Policies: A Compatibility Analysis Decision Aid”, Journal of Environmental Management,82(1),13-23.

[J1] 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.



[C38] Adhikary, S., Nasiri, F., Bagchi, A. "Assessment of Resilience of Water Distribution Network against Seismic Hazards for Maintenance Planning", the 2019 CSCE Conference, Laval, QC, June 12-15.

[C37] Mohammed, A., Zayed, T., Nasiri, F., and Bagchi, A. "RESILIENCE-BASED ASSET MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK AND ITS APPLICATION ON PAVEMENT NETWORKS", the 2019 CSCE Conference, Laval, QC, June 12-15.

[C36] Igwe, C., Hammad, A., and Nasiri, F. "USING LEAN CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND 4D MODELLING FOR EQUIPMENT WORKSPACE PLANNING", 2019 CSCE Conference, Laval, QC, June 12-15.

[C35] Nasiri, F. "Water-Energy Infrastructure Value Chains: A Resilience-Interdependency Assessment using System Dynamics Simulation", the 2019 Informs International Conference, Cancun, Mexico, June 9-12, 2019.

[C34] Rezaei, M. and Nasiri, F. "The technology selection analysis based on bi-level environo-economic optimization of a biomass-powered CHP", the 2019 IAEE Conference, Montreal, QC, May 29-June 01, 2019.

[C33] Igwe, C., Hammad, A., Nasiri, F. "Applying Choosing-By-Advantage for Selecting Scheduling Technique in Elevated Urban Highway Projects, the 2019 Project Management Symposium, Maryland, USA, May 9-10, 2019.

[C32] Mohammadi, A., Igwe, C., Nasiri, F., Amador, L. “Novel AssetManagement Framework for Road Maintenance”, The 2018 CSCE annual conference,Fredericton, NB, June 13-16, 2018.

[C31] Adhikary, S., Nasiri, F., and Bagchi, A. “Vulnerability Assessment of Water Supply Network Against Seismic Hazards: A case study in Vancouver”, The 2018 CSCE annual conference,Fredericton, NB, June 13-16, 2018.

[C30] Assad, A., Nasiri, F., and Zayed,T. “Resilience Assessment of Water Networks against Seismic Hazard”, The 2018CSCE annual conference, Fredericton, NB, June 13-16, 2018.

[C29] Igwe, C., Nasiri, F., Hammad, A.“House of Waste and its Implication for Project Management”. The 2018Project Management Symposium, Maryland, USA, May 10-11, 2018.

[C28] Yousefli, Z., Nasiri, F., and Moselhi,O.,“Hospital maintenance scheduling and resource allocation applying multi-agent systems”, Optimization Days, Montreal, QC, Canada, May7-9,2018.

[C27] Zakikhani, K., Nasiri, F., and Zayed,T., “Corrosion failure prediction models for gas transmission pipelines”,Optimization Days, Montreal, QC,Canada, May 7-9,2018.

[C26] Esmaeilzadeh, S., Nasiri, F., and Mafakheri,F., “Principal role of agent-based approach in further advancements of bioenergy supply chain management”, Optimization Days, Montreal,QC,Canada, May7-9, 2018.

[C25] Yousefli, Z., Nasiri, F., and Moselhi, O.,“Multi-Agent Systems for the Simulation of Maintenance Resource Allocation in Healthcare Buildings”, 2017 SIM Expo, Mississauga,ON,Canada,Nov.30-Dec. 01,2017.

[C24] Assad, A., Nasiri, F., and Zayed,T., “Holistic Resilience-Based Asset Management Using System Dynamics and Evolutionary Optimization”, National Water and Wastewater Conference,St.John’s, NL,Canada, Nov. 5-8, 2017.

[C23] Amador, L., Mohammadi, A., Nasiri,F.,"A cooperative environment to incorporate comfort on modal choices and trip assignment", The 2017 ITS World Congress,Montreal, QC,Canada,Oct.29-Nov. 02, 2017.

[C22] Amiri Fard, F., and Nasiri, F.,“Development of a Model for Energy Management Decisions in Refurbishment of Buildings”, International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE'17),Toronto,ON,Canada, Aug. 23-25, 2017.

[C21] Amador, L., Mohammadi, A., Nasiri,F., “Level of comfort, and safety in urban subway”, The4thInternationalConference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS)-ASCE/CSCE/IEEE joint conference,Banff, AB, Aug. 8-10, 2017. (Best Paper Award)

[C20] Igwe, C., Nasiri, F., Hammad,A.“Evaluating the Impact of Buildability Assessment and Value Management on Construction Project Delivery”. The 2017 Project Management Symposium,Maryland,USA,May4-5, 2017.

[C19] Pourhosseini, O., and Nasiri,F.,Availability-based maintenance scheduling in domestic hot water systems of HVAC. The 58th Canadian Operational Research Society Annual Conference (CORS2016), Banff, AB, May 30-June 01, 2016.

[C18] Jafarpour, A., Zakikhani, K.,and Nasiri, F.,A Replacement Analysis of Exterior Wall Insulation Retrofitting in Residential Buildings. The 2016 CSCE Annual Conference, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering,London, ON, June 1-4, 2016.

[C17] Jafarpour, A., and Nasiri, F., A Comparative Assessment of Insulated Concrete and Wood Frame Wall Technologies:Building Envelope Perspectives, Costing, and Environmental Impacts. The2016CSCEAnnualConference,Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, London,ON,June1-4,2016.

[C16] F. Nasiri, and F. Mafakheri “Integrating Biomass Boilers into Non-domestic Buildings: A System Dynamics Analysis, CORS/INFORMS International Conference, Montreal, QC,June14-17, 2015.

[C15] F. Nasiri, M. Shouler, and S. Tahir. “District Water Reuse Network Optimisation”, The 18thYoungOR Conference of the Operational Research Society, Exeter, UK,9-11April,2013.

[C14] M. Shouler, S. Tahir, and F.Nasiri.“Water-reuse Networks”, The 38th CIBW062 International Symposium on Water Supply and Drainage for Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland,UK,27-30August,2012.

[C13] T. Savage, R. Wang, F. Nasiri, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman.“Municipal Water System Planning and Optimization: Exploring Water Reclamation and Reuse from Water Utilities’ Perspectives”, International System Dynamics Society Conference, Washington, D.C., USA, July 24-28,2011.

[C12] F. Nasiri, T. Savage, R. Wang, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman. “A System Dynamics Approach for Urban Water Reclamation-Reuse Planning: A Case Study from the Great Lakes Region”, EngineeringSustainability2011,Pittsburgh, PA, USA, April 10-12, 2011.

[C11] F. Nasiri, T. Savage, R. Wang, N. Barawid, and J.B. Zimmerman. “Urban Water Reclamation-Reuse Planning and Management:A System Dynamics Approach”, CRM-GERAD-MITACS Joint Workshop on Decision Analysis and Sustainable Development, Montreal, QC, Canada,September27-28, 2010.

[C10] F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour, “A Game-Theoretic Analysis of Biomass Electricity Generation Supply Chain”, The 2009 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA, November14-17,2009.

[C9] F. Nasiri and G. Zaccour,“Renewable Portfolio Standard: A Game-theoretic Analysis”, The INFORMS Annual Meeting (Invited Speaker - Section: Energy, Natural Resources, and the Environment), San Diego,CA, USA, October 11-14,2009.

[C8] F. Nasiri and G.Zaccour,“Analyzing Biomass Utilization for Power Generation in Canada: A Game-Theoretic Approach”,Workshop on Dynamic Games in Management (Section:Energy and Resources),Montreal, May 2-3, 2008.

[C7] F. Nasiri and G. Huang, “Capacity Planning for Electricity Generation with Energy-Environmental Targets”, Workshop on Game Theory in Energy, Resources, and Environment, Montreal,October25-26,2007.

[C6] F. Nasiri and G. Huang, “Waste Recycling Programs in Canada: A Fuzzy Multiple Attribute Environmental Performance Analysis”, accepted at The Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, Montreal,June14-16,2006.

[C5] F. Nasiri, G. Huang and N.Fuller,“A Compatibility Analysis Decision Aid for Selecting the Optimal Groundwater Remediation Technologies”, accepted at The International Conference on Environmental Management (ICEM), Hyderabad, India,October28-30, 2005.

[C4] F. Mafakheri, L. Dai, D. Slezakand F. Nasiri,“Selecting the Optimal Project Delivery System: A Rough-AHP Decision Aid”, In Proceedings of the International Workshop on Rough Sets and Soft Computing in Intelligent Agent and Web Technology (IEEE /WIC /CM International Joint Conference), Compiegne, France, September 19-22,2005.

[C3] F. Nasiri, G. Huang, I. Maqsood, and N. Fuller,“Water Quality Index: A Multiple Criteria Approach”, accepted at The Third International Conference on River Basin Management,Bologna,Italy,September 6-8, 2005.

[C2] F. Nasiri, G. Huang and G.Fuller,“A Fuzzy State-Space HOQ Model for Solid Waste Management”, accepted at The 19thInternationalConferenceon Solid Waste Technology & Management,Philadelphia, PA,USA, March21-24, 2004.

[C1] S. Khanmohammadi, F. Nasiri and M. Charmi,“Delay Time Estimating in Project Management Using Fuzzy Delays and Fuzzy Probabilities”, In Proceedings of the International ICSC Conference on Computational Intelligence (CIM2001), Bangor, UK, June19-21, 2001.

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