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    I'm Alexandra

    COO of Smart Design Systems. And Executive Director at SuperNOVA at Dalhousie University .

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About Me

Who Am I?

Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit management. Strong professional with a Master of Arts (MA) focused in History from Dalhousie University.

What I do?

Here are some of my overall skills

Services

At smart design systems we offer parallel processing solutions and risk assessment analysis to researchers and companies.

Solution

Smart design systems will produce a software package which helps engineers achieve both a safer and more optimized design in a shorter time span.

Skills

Expertise in software design combined with ten years of background in structural design made me a powerful candidate to tackle the important tasks of making our engineering designs smarter and our structures safer.

My Specialty

My Technical Skills

Programming Languages   Python,   Java, C, C++
C#, MATLAB,   Javascript
Other Languages   HTML5,   CSS,
   Python Libraries NumPy, Selenium, Pandas
Cloud    Docker
GPU Programming Cuba C, Cuba C++
Programming Platforms Linux Shell Script both bash and tcsh
Version control    Git,    GitHub,    GitLab
Operating system   Windows,    Linux
Writing Tools Microsoft Office , LATEX
Education

Education

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering Jan 2015 – Aug 2020

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
GPA: 4.15 (out of 4.3), via 15 credit
Supervisor: Dr. Yi Liu
Thesis Committe: Dr. Gordon A. Fenton and Dr. Pedram Sadeghian
Thesis Title: Finite element and reliability study of in-plane behavior of concrete masonry infilled RC frames

Master of Science in Structural Engineering Sep 2011 – Sep 2013

Shiraz University (Formerly, Pahlavi University), Shiraz, Iran.
GPA: 16.55 (out of 20) via 28 credits
Class Rank: 2nd in the class of 10
Supervisor: Dr. Mo. R. Banan
Thesis Committee: Determination of Concentrically Braced Zipper Frames-Considering Connection Details
Thesis Title: Capacity Determination of Concentrically Braced Zipper Frames-Considering Connection Details

Experience

Work Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow Sep 2020 – now

Department of Engineering mathematics, Dalhousie university, Halifax, NS.

  • Research assistant
  • Part-time instructor

Design Engineer Jun 2017 – Aug 2017

Seclcan Consulting Engineering Company, Halifax, NS.

  • Designed structures in Nova Scotia
  • Gained experience with Canadian Design Codes
  • Supervised by Mr. Kevin Bezanson, P.Eng

Structural Engineer Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

Fars Rasta Construction Company, Shiraz, Iran.

  • Seismic design of structures
  • Finite element modelling of building and bridges

Experience

Teaching Experience

Dalhousie University 2015 – now

Responsibilities as the full TA included leading tutorials, grading, problem sets and holding office hours to assist students.

  • CSCI 3132: Object Oriented programming
  • CIVL 3705: Mechanics of Structural Materials
  • CIVL 3515: Structural Sys. II – Loads & Behavior
  • CIVL 4525: Design of Steel Structures
  • CIVL 4560: Special Topics in Structural Systems
  • ENGM 4675: Risk Assessment and Management
  • ENGM 2032: Applied Probability and Statistics
  • ENGM 1081: Computer Programming

Shiraz University Sep 2011 – Aug 2013

Responsibilities included grading, problem sets and holding office hours to assist students

  • Theory of Elasticity
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Publications

Publications

Conference 13th North American Masonry Conference June 2019

Alexandra Fenton, Yi Liu, and Gordon A. Fenton. “Vectorized and parallelized finite element method for modeling masonry infilled RC frames”

CSCE annual conference June 2018

Alexandra Fenton and Yi Liu. “In-Plane Behaviour of Masonry Infilled RC Frames Subjected to Quasi-Static Cyclic Loading”

13th Canadian Masonry Symposium June 2017

Alexandra Fenton, Gordon A. Fenton, and Yi Liu. “Reliability of Unreinforced Concrete Masonry Walls Bounded by RC Frames”

13th Canadian Masonry Symposium June 2017

Alexandra Fenton and Yi Liu. “Numerical Investigation on the In-Plane Behaviour of Concrete Masonry Infilled RC Frames Under Quasi-Static Cyclic Loading”

International Journal of Steel Structures 16.1 2016

Fenton R., Banan Mo. R., and Banan Ma. R. “Lateral Cyclic Behavior of Zipper Braced Frames- Considering Connection Details”


doi: 10.1007/s13296-016-3002-3

MA thesis 2015

Fenton R. “Capacity Determination of Concentrically Braced Zipper Frames- Considering Connection Details”

Encoding the Ramberg Osgood Uniaxial Material Behavior for the OpenSEES Software 2013

Fenton R., Banan Mo. R., and Sepasdar R.

Awards

Awards

Got accepted into the Boeing horizontal accelerator Aug 2020

Being selected as one of the ten startups into the Boeing launchpad program among 178 applicants in Canada was a great opportunity both for me, as an entrepreneur, and for my company, Smart Design Systems.

Got accepted into the Ready2Launch accelerator Jun 2020

Mitacs eAccelerator scholarship May 2020

Supported as an entrepreneur by a prestigious organization, Mitacs, is a great opportunity in my life and allows the company to grow faster.

Got accepted into the LaunchPad accelerator Jul 2019

Being recognized as a young entrepreneur at Dalhousie university boosted my confidence and helped my startup to grow.

FGS Scholarship, Dalhousie University Sep 2019

This scholarship is being awarded to graduate students showing high academic standings.

Won the 2nd prize in the Collide pitch competition Dec 2018

Accepted into the Launchdal accelerator Sep 2018

FGS Scholarship, Dalhousie University Sep 2018

International Fee rebate (FGS award), Dalhousie University Mar 2017

FGS Scholarship, Dalhousie University Sep 2017

FGS Scholarship, Dalhousie University Sep 2016

FGS Scholarship, Dalhousie University Sep 2015

Dr. S. K. Malhotra engineering scholarship at Dalhousie University Sep 2015

Ranked 2nd overall in the Master's program at Shiraz University Aug 2013

Ranked among the top 1% of students out of 5,000 participants in the National University Entrance Exam for Graduate Study in 2011 Mar 2011

Ranked 6th overall in undergraduate study at Shahid Bahonar University Aug 2011

Best senior project at Shahid Bahonar University May 2011

Ranked among the top 1% of students out of 500,000 participants in the National University Entrance Exam Jun 2007