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Zahra Mohaghegh joined the College of Engineering’s Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiology Engineering Department faculty around 2012, bringing a new research area of probabilistic risk analysis and risk-informed decision-making to campus. Her innovative ideas and strong passion have created groundbreaking research projects, which are recognized by several experts in risk analysis both domestically and abroad. Zahra’s efforts to transfer academic research outcomes to real-world problems deserve special mention. As an example, she has directed a large-scale industry-academia project which made a huge impact towards solving complex safety issues in the U.S. nuclear industry. Zahra’s courses on risk analysis attract students from diverse departments and are generating exceptional opportunities for students to experience a multidisciplinary learning experience. Her contributions have been recognized by several awards, including the 2015 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and the 2016 Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising.