Omar Chaallal, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, whose research pioneered the development and integration of fiber reinforced plastic technology in civil infrastructure, has been elected a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Chaallal is full professor of structural engineering at the École de technologie superieure, Université du Québec, in Montreal, where he is also a research chair on strengthening and rehabilitation of infrastructure and director of development and research on structures and rehabilitation.
He has made a significant contribution to the shear strengthening of reinforced concrete members with carbon fiber reinforced polymer sheets. As well as chairing the Canadian Standards Association-S806 Shear, Chaallal is an active member of CSA-S807 and CSA-S808, which also address FRP. Recently he was selected to design the shear retrofit of the Champlain Bridge AASHTO girders using FRP to extend their service lives.
Chaallal began his engineering career with a Swiss international engineering consulting firm as a junior structural engineer. He was then granted a scholarship to the University of Liverpool, Great Britain, for graduate studies in structural engineering.
After earning his Ph.D. in 1984, he was appointed assistant and associate professor at the University of Science and Technology, in Algeria. In 1989, he joined SM International, a Canadian engineering consulting firm, work that paralleled his service as an adjunct professor and senior researcher at Sherbrooke University. In 1992, he became an associate professor with ÉTS. He has supervised more than 100 students at different levels and published three textbooks.