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Building the Infrastructures of Tomorrow

Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Civil Engineering at American University of Sharjah. Our department is committed to excellence in teaching, research and outreach. Our highly qualified faculty members hold PhDs from some of the world's most prestigious universities and are among the best researchers in the world. We are also proud of our students and alumni who are working in leading organizations around the world.  

As the top-ranked civil engineering program in the UAE, we offer students a unique opportunity to experience world-class education, state-of-the-art labs and facilities, research opportunities with leading researchers, interaction with a diverse student body and memories to last forever.   

More information about specific areas of research, members of our faculty, and admission to our undergraduate and graduate programs can be found on this website. You are welcome to contact us if you wish to find out more.

Sameh Monir El-Sayegh, PhD, PMP
Head of Department


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Digital Construction Engineering and Management
Master of Science in Civil Engineering


Our faculty are established researchers and educators, representing a multitude of nationalities and having hailed from some of the world’s leading civil engineering institutions. Our faculty are not only accomplished academics, but also possess in-depth industry knowledge, with many faculty involved in some of the region’s most iconic civil engineering projects. Students are beneficiaries of this blend of theoretical expertise and industry know-how, as they are provided with an education that meets the highest standards of educational excellence and an understanding of how theoretical concepts can be applied in the real world. Learn more about the Department of Civil Engineering faculty members.


Dr. Tarig Ali
PhD, The Ohio State University, United States
Professor Serter Atabay
PhD, The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Dr. Mousa Attom
PhD, Kansas State University, United States
Professor Magdi El-Emam
PhD, Queens University, Canada


Our alumni are at the helm of industry in the Middle East and abroad, working and leading in organizations shaping the civil engineering landscape. Our graduates are also well-prepared to pursue advanced degrees in civil engineering and related disciplines, with some gaining entry into masters and PhD programs at AUS and other leading universities. Be inspired by the journeys of our alumni.



AECOM Middle East

AIMES Constructions LLC

Al Burhan Engineering Consultants

Al Isra Contracting Company

Al Khawajah Engineering Consultants

Darwish Engineering Emirates

Delta Emirates Contracting

Dubai Civil Engineering LLC

Emaar Development

Jouzy Consulting Engineers

Khatib and Alami - Egypt

Al Sikah Bldg. Cont. LLC

Arabtec Construction LLC

Arcadis Middle East Dubai

ARCO Engineering

ARUP Gulf Ltd.

DAMAC Properties

Al Safa Contracting LLC

RTA Dubai

Saudi Binladin group

SDM Smith Inc. Dubai Branch

Sharjah RTA

WS Atkins


From population growth to climate change, some of our generation’s greatest challenges will be met by the solutions of civil engineers. Our faculty are at the forefront of research projects that will shape all our lives for the better, from transportation solutions to water distribution solutions. Read on to learn more.

Construction Management
  • Innovative scheduling techniques and risk minimization in construction projects (Dr. El-Sayegh)
  • Sustainable construction and affordable housing (Dr. Beheiry)
  • Information and communication technology in construction, and project delivery methods (Dr. Ahmad)
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • Leak detection in water distribution system (Dr. Mortula, Dr. Atabay)
  • Water distribution network studies (Dr Mortula, Dr. Ali, Dr. Atabay, Dr. Fattah)
  • Nutrient recovery from wastewater (Dr. Fattah)
  • Investigation of water quality parameters for coastal lagoon using hydrodynamic model (Dr. Atabay)
  • Co-composting of different organic wastes (Dr. Mortula)
  • Decentralized wastewater treatment via constructed wetland (Dr. Fattah)
Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering (Dr. Khan)
  • Soil stabilization using solid waste and investigating the behavior of internal erosion of soil (Dr. Attom)
  • Mechanically stabilized earth slopes and retaining walls (Dr. El-Emam)
  • Site characterization and seismic response analysis (Dr. El-Emam)
  • Using recycled aggregate as a geotechnical backfill material in pavement and other earth works (Dr. El-Emam)
Structural and Materials Engineering
  • Computing in civil engineering, earthquake engineering and strengthening of structures (Dr. Abdalla)
  • Design and production of sustainable concrete for 3D printing in construction (Dr. Tamimi)
  • Concrete made with recycled aggregate from concrete demolition waste (Dr. Tabsh)
  • Strengthening and rehabilitation of structures, structural fire safety, and finite element modeling of structures subjected to static, cyclic and fire loading (Dr. Haweeleh)
  • Performance of concrete structures reinforced with BFRP/GFRP/CFRP rebars under the GCC harsh environments (Dr. Abed)
  • Behavior of materials and structures under severe loadings including low and high velocity impacts and high temperatures (Dr. Abed)
  • Nonlinear dynamic modeling and simulation in structural/earthquake engineering (Dr. AlHamaydeh)
  • Live load distribution in steel girder bridges using finite element analysis (Dr. Tabsh)
  • Design and production of zero cement sustainable concrete ( Dr. Tamimi, Dr. Fattah)
  • Effect of honeycomb on the structural capacity of reinforced concrete beams and columns (Dr. Tabsh)
  • Nonlinear analysis of solids and structures at high loading rates and temperatures: Experiments, Theory and Finite Element Simulations (Dr. Abed)
  • Use of internal structural steel strip bands as shear reinforcement in RC beams (Dr. Tabsh)
  • Applications of nano-materials to produce sustainable structures (Dr. Tamimi, Dr. Fattah)
  • Modeling energy in green building using BIM (Dr. Tamimi)
Transportation Engineering
  • Modeling and quantifying public health impacts of transport system operations (Dr. Abu-Lebdeh)
  • GIS-based environmental modeling/monitoring of the Dubai Creek and the surrounding near-shore area (Dr. Ali)
  • Study on the vulnerability of roads to flooding using publically-available geospatial data, and LIDAR mapping (Dr. Ali)

Hear from Our Students


The Department of Civil Engineering works with industry, providing collaborative research, consultation and training across the following fields: 

  • construction materials and quality control 
  • structural engineering 
  • transportation engineering 
  • environmental engineering 
  • water resources engineering 
  • geotechnical engineering 
  • construction management  

Download our brochure to learn more.


Advisory Board

The AUS Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Board (CVE-IAB) supports and promotes the civil engineering programs at American University of Sharjah’s College of Engineering. CVE-IAB members serve as ambassadors on behalf of the department, advocating the following objectives:

  • advance and support the highest quality faculty, educational facilities, and undergraduate and graduate programs for the students enrolled in AUS civil engineering programs
  • serve as a liaison between the department and industry (engineering and construction), government and the community at large, impacting the curriculum and research directions
  • develop and implement innovative programs that will benefit the department and the industry
  • offer advice, counsel, and financial support and sponsorships to the department and its activities


Advisory Board Members


Mr. Khaled Mohamad Dabdoub

Resident Manager
KEO International Consultants

Mr. Ahmad Ibrahim

General Manager
Elkem Materials Middle East

Mr. Riad Bsaibes

President & CEO, Board of Directors
Amana Investments

Mr. Cathal Hayes, C.Eng, BE, MIEI

Technical Director, Transportation and Infrastructure
WSP Middle East

Dr. Musa Alawneh

Design Manager

Mr. Ahmad Abdulkader Khartabil

Technical Manager
Transgulf Readymix Concrete Company LLC.

Major Dr. Eng. Mohammad Ali Alqassim

Head of Forensic Engineering Section
Dubai Police General Headquarters

Mr. Karamali Khorram

Managing Director
Techno Steel Construction LLC

Engr. Imad Itani

Innovation Manager
ALEC Engineering & Contracting

Dr. Marwan AbuEbeid

Digital Transformation Lead
Turner Construction International

Dr. Bashar Saadi Taha

Chief Specialist
RTA, Dubai

Dr. Ahmed Ali Hamed Ghareeb

Chief Engineer, Rail Agency, Road and Transport Authority, Dubai

Dr. Filipe Vieira

Technical Director 
Applied Technology and Management


Department Head 

Dr. Sameh El-Sayegh
Office ESB-2041
Tel +971 6 515 2941
[email protected]

Talk to Someone about Civil Engineering Undergraduate Programs

For information about the undergraduate programs please contact:

Annie Rose Regio
Administrative Assistant 
Office ESB-2040 
Tel +971 6 515 4931 
[email protected]

Talk to Someone about Civil Engineering Graduate Programs

For information about the graduate programs please contact 

Rhodalyn Diola
Academic Programs Coordinator
Tel +971 6 515 4902
[email protected]

Postal Address

Department of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering 
American University of Sharjah 
PO Box 26666 
Sharjah, UAE


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