Samueli School Welcomes New CEE Department Chair, BME Professor

Brett Sanders to head civil and environmental engineering; Arash Kheradvar joins biomedical engineering


The Henry Samueli School of Engineering named Brett F. Sanders, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering, the new chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), effective July 1. 

Sanders received a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley (1993) and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan (1994, 1997).  His expertise is in river engineering, coastal engineering and natural hazards, and he specializes in numerical modeling. Recently, his group has focused on high-resolution prediction of coastal and inland flood inundation. Since joining UC Irvine in 1997, he has served in a variety of roles at the department and school level. He has led the Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs, chaired the School's undergraduate affairs committee, has been a member of Graduate Council, led the ABET review of the CEE Department, and served on the steering committee of the School’s Strategic Plan.  Sanders has consistently been recognized not only for his research, but also for his excellence in teaching, receiving numerous campus and school wide awards.

Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., is the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s (BME) newest assistant professor.  His expertise is in cardiovascular engineering, particularly in the areas of cardiac mechanics, cardiovascular devices and cardiac imaging.  He received a medical degree (M.D.) from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2000. He joined the California Institute of Technology in 2002, and completed a Ph.D. degree in bioengineering in 2006. He continued at Caltech as a postdoctoral scholar in the Cardiovascular and Biofluid Dynamics laboratory before joining the University of South Carolina as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, Medicine and Cell Biology in October 2007.

Kheradvar is known in the field of cardiovascular engineering for contributions to cardiovascular vortex formation and heart valve engineering, which are internationally recognized by the cardiovascular communities. He is the inventor of 13 issued and pending patents, mostly in cardiovascular device area.