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Modarres, Mohammad

Modarres, Mohammad

Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professor
Director, Nuclear Engineering Program
Director, Center for Risk and Reliability
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Center for Risk and Reliability
0151C Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980


Dr. Modarres has served as a consultant to several governmental agencies, private organizations and national laboratories in areas related to probabilistic risk assessment, prognosis and health management, probabilistic physics of failure, and fracture mecanics especially applications to complex systems and processes such as the nuclear power plants. He has over 400 papers in archival journals and proceedings of conferences and five books in various areas of risk and reliability engineering.


  • 2008 International Research Leadership Award conferred by the Society for Reliability Engineering, Quality and Operations Management
  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, 1994-95
  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society

Probabilistic risk assessment Uncertainty analysis Physics of failure probabilistic modeling of failure mechanisms of mechanical components, systems and structures Reliability analysis of complex engineering systems Nuclear safety analysis


  • M. Modarres, "Risk Analysis in Engineering: Probabilistic Techniques, Tools and Trends," CRC Press (2006).


  • F. Joglar, F. Mowrer, M. Modarres, "A Probabilistic Model for Fire Detection with Applications," Fire Technology J., 41, 151-172 (2005).
  • S. Chamberlain, M. Modarres, "Compressed Natural Gas Safety: A Quantitative Analysis," Risk Analysis J., 25, 377-389 (2005).
  • J. L. Hurtado , F. Joglar , M. Modarres, "Generalized Renewal Process: Models, Parameter Estimation and Applications to Maintenance Problems," International Journal on Performability Engineering, 1, July (2005).
  • W. Keller, M. Modarres, "A historical overview of probabilistic risk assessment development and its use in the nuclear power industry: a tribute to the late Professor Norman Carl Rasmussen," Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 89, 271-285 (2005).
  • M. Modarres, "Technology-Neutral Nuclear Power Plant Regulation: Implications of a Safety Goals-Driven Performance-Based Regulation," Nuclear Engineering & Technology, Vol. 37, No.3 (2005).

Assessing Nuclear Risk: CEE, ME Faculty Collaborate on New Tools

Research aims to explore updates to risk assessment tools and methods used by the nuclear industry.


A Collaboration Between CRR and Amazon Lab126 Seeks to Understand How Devices Can Be More Durable

Nuclear Pioneer Reyes Achieves Historic Milestone

NuScale Power, co-founded by UMD alumnus José Reyes, is the first to win NRC approval for a small modular reactor (SMR) design.

UMD workshop examines risks related to new transportation technology

Key concerns include vehice safety, software reliabillity, and cybersecurity.

Bensi, Groth Selected for Nuclear Facility Risk Assessment Faculty Development Program

The inter-department program will support junior faculty in developing solutions to advance probabilistic risk assessments.

Alumni Dr. Jeong H. Kim Receives 2016 Horatio Alger Award

Kim named one of 13 exceptional corporate and civic leaders to the Horatio Alger Member Class of 2016

Bruck Named a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Professor Hugh Bruck named one of six Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.

New Minta Martin Professors Named

Historic honor recognizes full professors who have made significant scholarly contributions.

NRC Funds Development of New Grad-Level Corrosion Courses

Ankem, Christou, and Moderres to create new modules for nuclear, reliability, and sustainability engineering programs.

EERC Conducts 1st Workshop

UM faculty and Petroleum Institute review cooperation success of past year.

Modarres Earns International Research Leadership Award

Award recognizes pioneering research leadership in Probalistic Risk Assessment.

Gift Supplements Reliability Fellowship

$250,000 bequest supports women and minority graduate students, aids Great Expectations campaign.

Clark School’s Center for Reliability Engineering to Run DoD Initiative

The U.S. Department of Defense has selected the Clark School’s Center for Reliability Engineering (CFRE), under contract to Wyle Laboratories, to run the DoD’s Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) in an agreement that will bring some $5 million to the school.

  • American Nuclear Society