Maryam is currently a Postdoc Research Fellow at Pennsylvania State University, and have the right combination of skills and experience on structures and materials in the civil engineering field. She got her Ph.D. in civil engineering at Penn State University in 2017. During her academic experience over the past few years, she worked on a variety of research studies that equipped her with the skills to conduct diverse research in the area of structural and material engineering in the civil engineering program. These studies varied from the design and development of innovative and green construction materials, 3D-printing of concrete (additive manufacturing of concrete components), development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure, numerical modeling of structures, programming, and experimental work.
She started her research on the digital fabrication of cementitious materials in 2017. She is collaborating with an interdisciplinary research team from different engineering departments together with the department of architecture at Penn State University. One of the successful projects done by this research group was achieving the second place award in the second and third phase of the NASA Challenge of 3D-Printed Habitat on Mars. As a material expert in this research group, her role is the design and development of printable cementitious materials (either portland cement-based mixture or cement-free binders) with acceptable properties. While the majority of 3D printing efforts to date have been focused on using portland cement-based mixture, for NASA competition, this research also focused on 3D printing of almost cement-free binder, with the ultimate goal of potential construction in a deep space (Moon or Mars).