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April 1-3, 2025
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Mo Najafi

Mo Najafi, PhD

Director of CUIRE
University of Texas Arlington


Dr. Najafi has more than 30 years of experience encompassing engineering, educational, research, consulting, and management activities. Prior to starting his academic career, Dr. Najafi spent more than 13 years working on various construction projects. Dr. Najafi is the author of several books on trenchless technology and asset management.

As Director of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE) at the University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Najafi has led many research projects with more than $3M of funding secured competitively from funding agencies such as Water RF, WERF, and TRB. Dr. Najafi is a renowned international expert in pipeline engineering and trenchless technology and has been a frequent invited keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Under his direction, a new Master of Construction Management (MCM) was instituted at the University of Texas at Arlington, which has enrolled more than 700 students since its inception in 2014. Dr. Najafi has also extensive administrative and management experience of research activities gained through his position as Director of CUIRE.

Dr. Najafi is an active member of ASCE, ASTM, AWWA, and NASTT. He has served as the Chair of ASCE Pipeline Division Executive Committee and was the Chair of ASCE Pipelines 2013 conference. He is also the Chief-Editor Emeritus of ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice. Dr. Najafi is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.