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Balali A ‘Top Young Professional’

Published: March 6, 2017

Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management assistant professor Vahid Balali has been named one of the California construction industry’s top young professionals. Balali, who joined CSULB as an assistant professor last fall, was among 20 engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, academics, contractors and specialty contractors recognized in the Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) California’s annual contest.

ENR California’s Top Young Professionals, previously called the Top 20 under 40, “highlights and profiles individuals who represent the best-of-the-best in their fields by giving back to the construction industry and to their communities.” Those recognized lead large-scale projects, supervise diverse teams, improve their communities and foster teamwork inside and outside their organizations.

Balali is also a Building Information Modeling (BIM) and project controls specialist at STV Inc. He has expertise in virtual design and construction, reality capture, visual sensing, augmented reality, 3D modeling for site verification, asset condition assessment and sustainable infrastructure decision-making.

He worked as an asset manager in the overhaul of New York’s La Guardia Airport, led proposals for new projects in Chicago, and has developed a working concept for a vision-based roadway assets recognition and 3D reconstruction system.

An associate member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Balali obtained his Ph.D in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. He is an American Journal of Civil and Architectural Engineering editorial board member, and a reviewer for several journals. Balali received the 2014 Construction Research Congress’ second best poster award and the 2013 CMAA national capital chapter scholarship award. He is also on the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis and ASCE Visual Information Modeling and Simulation committees.

Vahid Balali
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Vahid Balali