American University of Sharjah

Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

Dr. Robert Houghtalen

Dr Robert John Houghtalen

Professor and Department Head

PhD, Colorado State University, USA

Robert J. Houghtalen has worked as a water resources engineer in the USA for federal agencies and consulting firms. He has previously taught at Old Dominion University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the USA, where he served as Head of the Civil Engineering Department. He spent eight years in Africa working in a humanitarian capacity using appropriate water supply and treatment technologies. His research interests include urban hydrology, open-channel hydraulics and integrated water resources management. He has written a number journal articles, conference proceedings and design manuals. The textbooks he co-authored are distributed by major publishers worldwide. Dr. Houghtalen is a registered professional engineer in the USA.

Dr. Jamal El-Din Abdalla



Jamal A. Abdalla earned a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and did his postdoctoral research at Stanford University, USA. He was an associate professor at Qatar University and the University of Khartoum, and he worked with Bechtel Civil (PMB) in San Francisco. His research interests include earthquake engineering, computational methods and materials. He has numerous publications that are well cited. He has received several research grants and awards including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Best Paper Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) and a member of the ASCE.

Dr. Akmal Abdelfatah


Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of Texas at Austin, USA

Akmal Abdelfatah worked as a teaching/graduate research assistant at Cairo University, American University in Cairo, and UT-Austin. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses in civil engineering, engineering systems management and urban planning. His areas of research and teaching interest areas are Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), traffic operations, transportation planning and operations research. In addition to his academic experience, he has worked as a part-time transportation planning and traffic expert for companies in the UAE.

Dr. Farid Abed



PhD in Structures/Mechanics, Louisiana State University, USA

Prior to AUS, Farid Abed taught in the area of structures at Bradley University and Louisiana State University. He has more than five years of experience working as a civil engineer in Baghdad and Dubai. His areas of research and teaching interests are computational solid and structural mechanics, advanced structural analysis, advanced mechanics of materials, nonlinear finite element analysis, theory of elasticity and plasticity, damage mechanics and composite materials.

Dr. Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh


Associate Professor

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Ghassan Abu-Lebdeh is a past recipient of the Eisenhower Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. Dr. Abu-Lebdeh's research interests are in control and modeling of interrupted flow and congested traffic systems. Before joining AUS, Dr. Abu-Lebdeh was with Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky. He has over 10 years of industry experience in Illinois and Massachusetts, USA.

Dr. Mohammad AlHamaydeh

Mohammad Hasan

Associate Professor

PhD in Structural/Earthquake Engineering, University of Southern California, USA

Mohammad AlHamaydeh teaches several structural engineering courses, such as Statics, Structural Steel Design, Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics, Computer Methods in Structural Analysis and Design, at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, Dr. AlHamaydeh teaches Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings, as well as Structural Earthquake Engineering. His area of research and expertise include nonlinear structural dynamic response analysis and modeling, passive control and supplemental damping devices, computer-aided design and simulation, nonlinear finite element methods as well as soil-structure-interaction. Prior to his academic career, he was an active member of the SEAOC as a consultant engineer in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Tarig Ali

Dr. Tarig Abdelgayoum Ali

Associate Professor

PhD in Geodetic and Geospatial Engineering, The Ohio State University, USA

Tarig Ali has taught at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and the University of Central Florida. Dr. Ali is the recipient of the Esri Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems, the ETSU Faculty Excellence Award, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's Murrough O'Brien Education Award, and The Ohio State University's Duane C. Brown Jr. Award. Dr. Ali's research interests include coastal mapping, terrain modeling, wide-area GPS networks, and applications of geographic information systems and remote sensing in environmental and transportation engineering.

Dr. Adil Al-Tamimi



PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde, UK

Adil K. Al-Tamimi has teaching, consultation and research interests in sustainable construction, high- performance concrete in harsh environments, composite structural materials, management of materials, and engineering quality/safety. He has worked closely with the construction industry for over 25 years. He has chaired four international conferences on the application of traditional and high performance materials in harsh environment. He was track chair for the international conference on sustainable systems and the environment, organized by AUS and Cambridge University. Currently, he is engaged in funded projects with private industries/the UAE government. He has published over 70 papers and one book.

Dr. Sherif Mohamed Ahmed



PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

Sherif Mohamed Ahmed has taught in civil and construction engineering departments at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Western Michigan University, USA. Dr. Yehia is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Nebraska and Michigan. He is the co-developer of the patented newly conductive concrete application for deicing operations and the patented precast post-tensioned segmental pole system. His research interests include behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete, composite structures, special concrete, structural health monitoring, nondestructive testing, and infrastructure management systems.

Dr. Serter Atabay


Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Serter Atabay has more than seven years of professional experience with the UK's leading specialists in flood risk and environmental management. He has taught a variety of courses for undergraduate students, including fluid mechanics, water resources engineering, coastal engineering and statics. His general area of specialization is open channel hydraulics, and his research interests span over a few sub-areas of research including compound channel flow mechanism and boundary shear stress distributions, and hydraulic structures such us bridges and culverts.

Dr. Magdi El-Emam


Associate Professor

PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, Queen's University, Canada.

Magdi El-Emam has taught in civil engineering departments for more than seven years at institutions such as Zagazig University. His areas of research and teaching interest are soil dynamics and earthquake engineering, the behavior of geosynthetics and its applications in geotechnical engineering, numerical and experimental modeling of retaining walls and slopes, behaviors and testing methods of saturated and unsaturated soils, foundation design and principles of soil mechanics. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a research associate at Royal Military College of Canada.

Dr. Salwa Beheiry


Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management), University of Texas at Austin, USA

Salwa Beheiry has earned various honors and awards throughout her academic and industrial career. Before starting her doctoral program, she worked with Independent Project Analysis Inc. in Ashburn, Virginia, USA, for five years as a project analyst/consultant in international building, and industrial and infrastructure projects.

Dr. Mousa Attom



PhD, Kansas State University, USA

Mousa Attom worked for two years in the industry as a soil laboratory manager and a consultant engineer in Southern California. Dr. Attom has also taught at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Attom's research interests include expansive soil, soil stabilization, soil testing and soil behavior.

Dr. Sameh El-Sayegh


Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Project Management), Texas A&M University, USA

Prior to his academic career, Sameh Monir El-Sayegh worked in the construction industry in Greece and Yemen with CCIC and in the US with the Morganti Group. His areas of research and teaching interest are construction and project management, project control and construction contracting. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Dr. Kazi Fattah


Assistant Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering (Environment), University of British Columbia, Canada

Before joining AUS, Kazi Parvez Fattah worked as an environmental engineering consultant in Canada and as a faculty member at the University of Asia Pacific in Bangladesh. His research interests are in the design, operation, optimization and environmental management of water and wastewater treatment systems; removal and recovery of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) from wastewater; the treatment of desalination reject water; and water reuse and application of membrane in water treatment. He is actively involved with the Water Environment Research Foundation, an international research body, and a reviewer for various journals and conferences.

Dr. Rami Haweeleh



PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA

Rami A. Hawileh has worked in both industry and academia. He was a structural analyst at AREVA NP INC., an AREVA and Siemens Company, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA, and a structural engineer at the Austin Company, Schaumberg, Illinois, USA. He was lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Dr. Zahid Khan


Assistant Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Zahid Khan has worked as a foundations engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Canada. He provided professional engineering services for more than 15 years on projects in Canada and abroad. Dr. Khan is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, where he also managed and directed an engineering firm that provides geotechnical engineering. His research interests involve geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic foundation analysis, non-destructive and non-invasive methods, and seismic site response and liquefaction analysis.

Dr. Md. Mortula


Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Md. Maruf Mortula has taught environmental engineering courses in civil engineering and environmental systems engineering departments for the last four years at AUS and the University of Regina, Canada. His areas of research and teaching interest are water and wastewater treatment, waste residual management within water treatment plants, water infrastructure management, and water quality management in coastal areas and computational methods in environmental engineering applications. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a visiting researcher for the National Research Council of Canada.

Dr. Roz-Ud-Din Nassar

Dr Rozuddin Nassar

Visiting Associate Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, Michigan State University, USA

Roz-Ud-Din Nassar has about 15 years of industry experience in civil engineering projects including design of reinforced concrete structures. Dr. Nassar has taught courses in the areas of construction materials, structural engineering, design of reinforced concrete and steel structures, and construction engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining AUS, he was with the University of South Asia, Lahore, Pakistan, and before that he worked as research associate at Michigan State University, USA. Dr. Nassar’s research focusses on concrete and concrete durability and the use of recycled materials towards production of environmentally friendly, energy efficient and durable concrete.

Dr. Sami Tabsh



PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, USA

Sami W. Tabsh has been a faculty member at the University of Houston, Texas, and a project engineer for complex structures with Gannett Fleming, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Tabsh's research interests are in reliability-based code development, bridge structures, high-rise buildings and large-scale experimental testing. He has been published man times in international journals and conference proceedings, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Abdullah Yilmaz

Dr Abdullah G Yilmaz

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Following completion of his PhD study, Abdullah Yilmaz started working as a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, and he delivered lectures for both the Dubai and Edinburgh campuses. In 2012, Dr. Yilmaz moved to Victoria University, Australia, and worked in the Water Resources Research Group between the years 2012-2016. Dr. Yilmaz has several publications and successful research grant applications in the field of water resources engineering. His teaching and research areas are hydrology, hydraulics, climate change, GIS applications in water resources engineering, artificial intelligence and engineering economy.

Dr. Moh D Mahmoud Yamin

Dr Moh Yamin

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Akron, USA

Mohammad Yamin worked as a bridge engineer in California and as a geotechnical engineering manager in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Yamin served five years as an assistant professor at Bradley University, USA. His research interests include slope stability, foundation design, ground improvement, finite element modeling and computer-aided learning. His teaching interests include foundation engineering, geotechnical engineering, numerical methods, statistics, mechanics of material, earth retaining structures and finite element analysis.

Aqeel Ahmed



MS in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India

Aqeel Ahmed has been with AUS since 2000. He has over 24 years of working experience in academia and industry. He has been working with multi-disciplinary fields of geo-technical, structural, and environmental engineering including software development, web designing, development, supervision of civil engineering laboratories and earthquakes monitoring systems.
He received the the Best Civil Engineering Staff (Instructor) Award from the AUS Student Council. His areas of research are problems related to geo-environmental issues, soil-structure interaction, earthquake engineering and computer applications in civil engineering.

Arshi Faridi


Lab Instructor

MS in Engineering Systems and Management, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Arshi Faridi joined American University of Sharjah in August 2000 as a Lab Engineer. After completing his MS, he was promoted to the position of Lab Instructor of Civil Engineering in Spring 2006. He has extensive experience in teaching, lab management and supervision, testing, quality control and monitoring of engineering materials. Before joining AUS, he worked in construction industry (lab and site) in India, KSA and other emirates of the UAE.

Riyad Temam


Lab Instructor

MS in Municipal Water and Infrastructure, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

Riyad Temam taught in civil engineering department of Addis Ababa University for more than six years. His areas of research and teaching interest are surveying, fluid mechanics, water distribution networks, hydraulics structures, water resources engineering and water treatment.

Waleed Nawaz

Waleed Nawaz

Lab Instructor

MS in Civil Engineering, American University of Sharjah
As a graduate teaching assistant at AUS, Waleed Nawaz taught the Statics and Mechanics of Materials recitation sections multiple times. He also assisted in various courses including Geotechnical Principles, Mechanics of Material, Structural Concrete Design, Steel Design, Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering and Fluid Mechanics. As a graduate research assistant, he supervised various experiments conducted by different senior design groups. Before joining AUS, he worked in the oil and gas firm Saipem Sharjah as an offshore engineer. His research interests include strengthening and computational modeling of reinforced concrete structures.