Faramarz Dean Azimi

Partner | Principal In Charge

Studies have shown that learning a second language makes people more perceptive, improves decision-making skills and cognitive problem solving.  These mind-bending enhancements aren’t lost on Dean, who speaks three languages and translates his sharp mental skills to engineering. Dean knew from the get-go he wanted to be an engineer and he was drafting and drawing by grade 10. He was a teaching assistant in graduate school, and it was there that he learned he loved to share information with others. Later, Dean worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation as a concrete bridge field engineer, but he was drawn to Froelich Engineers so he could participate in projects from design through construction.

An essential member of the Froelich team for 28 years, Dean’s a strong leader and excellent problem-solver. He brings a wealth of experience in numerous project types, a sweeping range of materials, and complex issues. This depth allows Dean to translate client goals into constructible designs and proactively address potential issues. As principal-in-charge for structural engineering, Dean works closely with other members of the design team to select appropriate structural systems and he oversees comparative analyses. He provides technical and managerial guidance to the project manager and attends meetings when structural engineering input is needed. Dean follows the progress and direction of the work and provides internal peer reviews at critical milestones throughout a project. His hands-on approach to work has Dean always ready to brainstorm, and when challenges arise with no clear solutions, Dean’s analytical skills kick-in to meet project objectives.  In fact, complexity and project diversity fuel Dean’s passion – he takes pride in his work and it shows.

BS, Structural Engineering
Portland State University, 1984
MS, Structural Engineering
Portland State University, 1986

Professional Registrations:
Registered Structural Engineer–OR
Professional Engineer–WA

American Institute of Steel Construction, AISC
Structural Engineers Association of Oregon, SEAO