Jamal A. Abdalla, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a professor of civil engineering (structures) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Prior to his current position, Abdalla taught at Qatar University and at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. His teaching interest spans a wide range of structural engineering topics, including structural dynamics, structural analysis and steel and concrete design. His research interest covers computing in civil engineering, seismic hazard assessment, earthquake engineering and strengthening/retrofitting of structures. During his academic career, he has delivered keynote presentations, given seminars, organized conferences and workshops and served on numerous conferences’ technical committees.
Author of over 185 publications, including refereed journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports, Abdalla served as an associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, guest editor of the Journal of The Franklin Institute and is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Computers & Concrete. He has received ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering Best Paper Award and the Arab Fund’s Distinguished Scholar Fellowship Award.
A member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) since 2002, he is one of the pioneers in data modeling in structural engineering, and spent a sabbatical leave at Stanford University working on building data and information modeling.
As head of the civil engineering department for nine years at the AUS, Abdalla successfully led the department through its first and second ABET accreditation. As director of graduate programs, he lead the accreditation and licensing of five master of science programs within the college of engineering at the university.
Abdalla received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, his master’s from Purdue University, West Lafayette and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by postdoctoral research studies at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering of Stanford University.