Tara Parhizkar, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Tara Parhizkar, Ph.D., P.E.

Forward Thinking
Los Angeles, CA 91403
Mobile: 310-408-6750
Office: 310-408-6750

Dr. Parhizkar is a distinguished expert witness renowned for her profound expertise in root cause analysis and quantitative risk assessment of complex systems. With over 15 years of professional experience, Dr. Parhizkar has emerged as a leading authority in the fields of safety assessments, fault tree analysis, failure mode and effect analysis, and common cause failure assessment. Her career trajectory reflects a profound commitment to unraveling the complexities of various industries, including energy, transportation, and environmental safety, through meticulous research and innovative methodologies.

With a wealth of experience and a meticulous approach, she has established herself as a go-to expert witness in litigation and consulting contexts necessitating profound expertise in accident reconstruction, root cause assessment, and patent litigation analysis. Dr. Parhizkar's renown extends beyond these domains, encompassing mechanical and environmental engineering, as well as specialized knowledge in critical energy infrastructures, including power grids. Her expertise extends to critical infrastructure accidents such as wildfire, where she applies her knowledge to perform root cause analysis and develop strategies to estimate the cause(s) and impact of wildfires/failures on energy infrastructure and surrounding communities. Her reputation for excellence, coupled with her unyielding integrity, renders her a highly esteemed and trustworthy professional in her field.

Areas of Expertise
  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Construction Safety
  • Disaster Management
  • Failure Analysis
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power Tools
  • Professional Engineering
  • Safety Engineering
  • Utilities

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: 2017 Ph.D., Energy Systems Engineering

2012 M.S., Energy Systems Engineering

2010 B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: § Professional Risk Managers’ International Association
§ Word Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET)
§ Member of American Energy Society
§ Fellow Member of Sharif Energy Research Institute (SERI)
§ Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
§ Member of Association of Energy Engineering (AEE)
§ Member of World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies
§ Member of American Energy Society
§ Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)
§ Member of US Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter
§ Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:

– Developed and instructed course “”, Coconino Community College,
Arizona, Spring 2022.
– Developed and instructing course “Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems”, Moorpark College,
California, Spring 2022.
– Co-developed and Instructed “Failure Mechanisms Fundamentals” course, University of California,
Los Angeles (UCLA), Spring 2021- Spring 2023.
– Developed course “Renewable Energy System Modeling”, AmirKabir University of Technology-Tehran
Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran, Fall 2018.
– Developed and instructed the course “Cogeneration Systems”, AmirKabir University of TechnologyTehran Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran, Spring 2018.
– Developed and instructed the course “Energy Conversion Systems”, AmirKabir University of
Technology-Tehran Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran, Fall 2017.


– Instructed “Safe Operation and Maintenance - Degradation based Operation Optimization of Energy
Systems” lecture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, Fall
– “Long Term Degradation-Based Operation and Design Optimization of Complex Energy Systems”,
International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), Virtual conference, 2021.
– Instructed “Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Complex Systems” lecture, Norwegian University
of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, Fall 2019.
– “Aging Effects on Fuel Cells Operation Optimization”, 4th Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference,
Tehran, Iran, 2017
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No


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