Soteria was the Greek spirit of safety, and of deliverance and preservation from harm. Similarly, the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory is influenced by their shared vision: to usher in a new era, void of catastrophic technological accidents, where industry-academia projects are leveraged to raise social responsibility for the protection of workers, the public, and the environment. The SoTeRiA Laboratory is promoting Risk Analysis in NPRE to make UIUC a global leader in Risk Analysis education and research.
Professor Mohaghegh has introduced foundational Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) courses at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in order to train the next generation for risk analysts in high-consequence industries. The PRA courses that Mohaghegh has developed in NPRE have attracted diverse students from Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Systems and Enterprise Engineering, and Informatics. These courses address fundamental theories of risk-scenario modeling and accident phenomenology, uncertainty analysis, Bayesian and data analysis, probabilistic physics of failure, human error modeling, and next generation PRA methods and tools. Students are provided with hands-on opportunities using PRA software to address real-world risk analysis problems.