Professor Aminmansour’s areas of research and scholarship interest and experience include structural steel and reinforced concrete design as well as sustainability impact of tall buildings. 

Structural Steel Design:

  • Member of the Committee on Manuals of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) - - Committee is responsible for technical contents of the AISC's Steel Construciton Manual, Seismic Design Manual and Design Guide series (currently 34 Design Guides)
  • Developed the formulas and table included in Part Six (Combined Forces) of the Steel Construction Manual published by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC)
  • Member, Australian Steel Institute (ASI)
  • Numerous invited presentations
  • Received AISC's 2015 Special Achievement Award for his paper titled "A New Approach for Design of Steel Beam-Colunns" published in the AISC's Engineering Journal. This was the first in a series of papers by Professor Aminmansour that led to the development of tables and formulas for design of structural steel members subject to combined loads included in Part Six of the AISC's Steel Construction Manual.
  • Currently developing Steel ToolBox, a suite of electronic resources for structural steel design including the following features:
    • An integrated online textbook
    • Powerful and flexible calculator for interactive design of structural steel and composite members
    • Complete solutions with charts, tables, and formulas that can be saved and/or printed
    • Integration with the latest AISC Specification
    • Very flexible application - - can be used by practitioners to freshen up their steel design skills or learn steel design in more depth as well as by students who are new to structural steel design.

Sustainability Impact of Tall Buildings:

  • Chair of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB), 2016-2018
  • Member, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (2008-present)
  • Member, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
  • Member of the the Editorial Board of the International Journal of High-Rise Buildings (2011-present), Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
  • Member, CTBUH jury for 2019 international tall building design competition award
  • Member, CTBUH 2019 Congress Steering Committee
  • Member, CTBUH International Research Seed Funding, Peer Review Panel (2014 – Present)
  • Member, Tall Building Academic & Teaching Committee (2018 – Present)
  • Member, CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee (2014 – 2017) 
  • Invited publications and presentations in journals and international event
  • Interviewed in 2018 for an international documentary/mini-series on tall buildings (program produced by an international broadcasting corporation)

Reinforced Concrete Design:

  • M.S. thesis research on flexural and shear failure of reinforced concrete beams with non-prismatic cross sections (theoretical and experimental study of 10 beams)
  • Ph.D. research on impact resistance of reinforced concrete bridge barriers (theoretical, strut-and-tie and experimental study of about 100 full scale impact tests)
  • Past member of numerous ACI committees

Subjects Taught:

  • Structural steel design (undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Reinforced concrete design (undergraduate and graduate levels)
  • Structural analysis (graduate level)
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Integrated design and construction of [tall] buildings (graduate level)
  • Numerous architectural design studio juries

Other Notable Activities:

  • Honored to have been selected as a consultant (worked with Prof. Mir Ali) by the international artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude on their United Arab Emirates Mastaba project.  One of four selected from around the world!

Sample Past and/or Current Service Activities:

  • Member, Senate Executive Committee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Educational Policy - - committee responsible for review of academic proposals including curricula, unit reorganization, etc., UIUC
  • Chair, Faculty Adviosroy Council for the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)
  • Chair, student code, UIUC
  • Chair, student disciplinary committee - - highest appellate body at the university level for student discipline, UIUC
  • Numerous search committees at the School, College and University levels, UIUC
  • Member, University committee for preparation of documents for University accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission, UIUC

Ph.D., Civil Engineering (structures), Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Architectural Engineering (Structures Option), Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Applied Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Mathematics, Kansas State University