Tayyebeh is in her third year pursuing her doctoral degree at Marquette University. She was recently awarded the 2013-2014 Schmitt Fellowship. This fellowship is available to any student in a doctoral program. It awards approximately $17,500 in a ten-month stipend for the academic year. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must be nominated by a faculty member, show leadership ability and a strong record of scholarship, they must also show a strong commitment to Christian or Christian-compatible ideals. In addition, these students must be actively engaged in their graduate programs, be full-time students, and must present a project that is in line with their doctoral degree and the Schmitt Foundation's goal to foster value-based leadership.
Tayyebeh was born in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Tayyebeh says that she was initially attracted to civil engineering because in the huge city, the demand for new buildings and good infrastructure is significant. The pressures of population growth are increasing and civil engineering can help play a major role in designing more new and efficient structures, as well as repairing buildings that already are there. Tayyebeh's focus at Marquette University is to find a reasonable and reliable method to predict the fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) debonding failure from concrete substrate. She uses finite element software ABAQUS and ANSYS for numerical analysis. She hopes this research can be applied to structural targets like bridges and buildings that need to be retrofitted or strengthened due to long term use, environmental deterioration, and change in function.
Since coming to Marquette, Tayyebeh has been awarded the 2013-2014 Schmitt Fellowship, a full research assistantship from 2010-2011, 2011-2012, a full teaching assistantship in 2012-2013, the Richard W. Jobling Fellowship in 2011-2012, and has given several presentations for her doctoral work. She is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
When she is not doing research and spending her time at Marquette, Tayyebeh likes spending time with her 9 year-old son, playing tennis, and playing an Iranian traditional instrument called the santoor.