Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud
Assistant Professor and Director, Structural Laboratory
Dr. Mahmoud's research emphasis is on the development of resilient communities through the assessment structural, social, and economic impacts under single and combined hazards. This is realized through evaluating structural response, developing new structural systems, and devising new genetic-based design methodologies. The tools employed in Dr. Mahmoud's research include advanced experimental, numerical, and analytical simulations and field studies.
Research HighlightsPhoto Credit: Tsunami following Tohoku earthquake, 2011 (from Rueters) Photo Credit: Beehive (from Rueters) Photo Credit: distractify.com
About Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
In the area of Structural Engineering, Dr. Mahmoud's research program has two major thrusts with focus on developing both resilient and sustainable structural systems. The first thrust includes assessing structures under natural and man-made hazards including single, multi-, and cascading hazards. This is realized through the development of engineering performance-based systems under earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, fire, and blast loadings or the combination of such. The second major thrust utilizes his expertise in the field of fatigue and fracture and extreme hazards to merge both areas for the development of new low and ultra-low cycle fatigue models for the evaluation of structural components and systems subjected to high strain cycles. In addition, he is developing an approach for extending the models to include high thermal strain cycles. Various tools are utilized in Dr. Mahmoud’s research including innovative small and large-scale testing as well as advanced numerical and analytical simulations that incorporate stochastic methods for reliability-based assessment under extreme loading events.
Dr. Mahmoud is also currently conducting research in the field of bio- engineering with focus on mitigating risk of premature labor through probabilistic evaluation of cervix-uterus interaction on the system level.
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud has been invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California in September 2015.
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud will be co-chairing a session at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium on Engineering education/new engineering education paradigms/implementing experiential learning into the engineering curriculum.
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud has been invited to attend a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Symposium on Exploring a New Vision for Center-Based, Multidisciplinary Engineering Research at teh Keck Center in Washington DC, in April 2016.
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud Co-authored a Book Chapter on Assessment of Earthquake Performance of Structures by Hybrid Simulation to be published by the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science, Oxford University Press.
Student News:Mr. Mehrdad Memari defended his PhD dissretation on Performance of Steel Structures Subjected to Figre Following Earthquake… Congrats Mehrdad!
Student News:Mr. Huajie Wen defended his PhD dissretation on Predicting Ductile Fracture in Steel Connections… Congrats Huajie!
Student News:Mr. Huajie Wen is the runner-up for the best student paper competition held by the EMI Modeling Inelasticity and Multiscale Behavior (MIMB) Committee... Congrats Huajie!
Student News:Ms. Stephanie Pilkington is the runner-up for the best poster presentation on Using Artificial Neural Networks to Forecast Hurricane Impacts Resulting from Multiple Hazards at the CSU/NIST Center-of-Excellence for Community Resliencey biannual meeting in Fort Collins, CO, in April 2016… Congrats Stephanie!
Student News:Mr. Akshat Chulahwat placed third in the best poster presentation on A Probabilistic Cellular Automata Framework for Assessing the Impact of WUI Fires on Communities at the CSU/NIST Center-of-Excellence for Community Resliencey biannual meeting in Fort Collins, CO, in April 2016… Congrats Akshat!
Student News:Mrs. Aura Lee Harber Smith wins the 2016 Structural Engineers Association of Colorado Scholarship… Congrats Aura Lee!
Upcoming News:Dr. Mahmoud invited to present on Wildland Urbane Interface Fire at the Urban Transitions Global Summit in Shanghai, China in September 2016.
Upcoming News:Dr. Mahmoud invited to present on Wildland Urbane Interface Fire at a Community Resilience workshop at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in May 2016.
Upcoming News:Dr. Mahmoud invited to present on Ductile Fracture and Block Shear at the 8th International Workshop on Connections in Steel Structures at Northeastern University in Boston in June 2016.
Upcoming News:Dr. Mahmoud to present on Multi-hazard Mitigation of Buildings using New Floor Isolation Techniques at the upcoming 6th European Conference on Structual Control at the University of shieldfield in July 2016.