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Sarven Akçelyan

Ph.D. Candidate

McGill University

Department of Civil Engineering

Advisor: Prof. Dimitrios G. Lignos

Contact Information:

Address: Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 275

817 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C3, CANADA

email address

Current Research Summary:

My research interests relate with seismic design and assessment of high-performance systems, with emphasis on base-isolated structures. The aim of my research is to improve the seismic safety of nuclear power plants in Canada. To this end, I am employing advanced nonlinear modeling techniques to simulate the seismic response of high-performance systems.


  • B.Sc., (first-ranked student) Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, June 2009
    Department of Civil Engineering

  • M.Sc., Earthquake Engineering, Rose School, IUSS Pavia & University of Patras (MEEES), May 2011

  • Ph.D., McGill University, Canada, 2012-till now
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Advisor: Prof. Dimitrios G. Lignos


  1. Akçelyan S., Sullivan, T.J., Nascimbene R. (2011), “Direct displacement-based design of chevron braced steel structures”. 4th National Symposium on Steel Structures, Istanbul (in Turkish).

  2. Akcelyan, S. (2011). “Direct displacement-based design of concentrically braced steel frames”. M.Sc. Dissertation, Rose School, Pavia, Italy