Dr Hajirasouliha obtained his PhD in 2006 with a distinction grade from Sharif University of Technology. His research led to the development of an advanced optimisation theory in the field of performance-based design of structures that was awarded the “Tavakoli Prize” for conducting original research and “Distinguished Young Researcher Award” by the Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association. In 2008, he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie individual fellowship (FP7-IIF) on “optimum strengthening of deficient RC buildings using FRP composites” at the University of Sheffield, UK. From 2010 to 2012, Dr Hajirasouliha was a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK. In 2012, he joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Structural Engineering. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and the leader of Earthquake Engineering Group at the University of Sheffield.