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Bensi, Michelle (Shelby)

Bensi, Michelle (Shelby)

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
1143 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Wednesdays, 9:15am-11am and by appointment
  • Contact via email (mbensi@umd.edu) for Zoom link


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A.Sc., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Toledo  


  • Probabilistic assessment of natural and man-made hazards
  • Probabilistic risk assessment and risk-informed applications
  • Risk assessment of infrastructure systems
  • Structural reliability and systems modeling
  • Decision support for applications involving civil infrastructure systems
  • Application of machine learning to civil engineering problems
  • Bayesian networks and other applications of Bayesian methods

ENCE Course on Probabilistic Hazard Assessment will be Taught this Fall

Prof. Michelle Bensi will be teaching ENCE 433/633 this Fall.

Student Spotlight: Azin Al Kajbaf

Meet Azin, who performs assessments that help identify and quantify the risk of disasters.

Student Spotlight: Somayeh Mohammadi

Meet Somayeh, who considers diaster resilience as the most critical discipline in civil engineering. 

Azin Al Kajbaf Nominated for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

Azin is among the top 2% of campus GAs for 2019-2020.

Student Spotlight: Jonathan DeJesus Segarra

Meet Jonathan, who believes engineering is a way to apply life-long learning. 

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.