Expertise in numerical simulation, seismic design, assessment and retrofit of new and existing buildings. I worked on various projects, including performance-based seismic assessment and retrofit of tall steel buildings with energy dissipation devices. Developer of structural analysis software. Instructor of advanced level courses for structural engineers.


Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering)
McGill University, Canada
Thesis: Seismic retrofit of existing steel tall buildings with supplemental damping devices
Supervisor: Dr. Dimitrios G. Lignos

Master of Science in Earthquake Engineering   
MEEES (Masters in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology)
Rose School, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Pavia, Italy
University of Patras, Greece
University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier, France
Thesis: Direct displacement-based design of concentrically braced steel frames
Supervisors: Dr. Timothy J. Sullivan, Dr. Roberto Nascimbene

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, GPA:3.96/4.00 (1st rank)
Graduation Project: Design and detailing of an industrial steel structure
Supervisors: Dr. Barlas O. Caglayan, Dr. Filiz Piroglu

High School 
St. Georges Austrian College, Turkey
Science (in German)

Middle School
Getronagan Armenian High School, Turkey

Primary School
Merametchian Armenian School, Turkey


Young Sarven (just before hair loss)


BSc. Civil Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, at graduation ceremony with my father.

BSc, with father

Valedictorian speech at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University


Graduation Ceremony: MSc. in Earthquake Engineering, Pavia, Italy

MSc Graduation

The end of my doctoral defense at McGill University, with my supervisor Prof. Dimitrios G. Lignos