Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud

Associate Professor and Director, Structural Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Advanced Materials Discovery

Media Coverage

Our Finite Element Community Resilience Model Featured
On the National Academy of Engineering Website

FOE alum Hussam Mahmoud at Colorado State University
created a dynamic mathematical model that integrates
a community's infrastructural, social, and economic
features to quantify, in space and time, how well
a community would withstand a major shakeup such
as a natural disaster like a flood or a social
disruption like the Arab Spring in 2011.
[click to read more].
ASEE First Bell: Innovative Approaches for Sustainable and Resilient Communities
Locks, Dams and Bridges.

Colorado State University Associate Professor Hussam Mahmoud
is developing novel computational models aimed at modeling
the response of communities to multi-hazard disasters,
including understanding the societal and economic impacts
of events such as hurricanes and wildfires. His research
is aimed at providing new, integrated information that
can be leveraged for risk assessment, community planning
and adaptation, emergency response planning, and
communication with the public before, during,
and after disasters strike[click to read more].
Upgrading our Infrastructure: Targeting Repairs for
Locks, Dams and Bridges.

For the second time in a row, America's
infrastructue has earned a grade of D+ from
the American Socierty of Civil Engineers.
ASCE issues these report cards every four years
grading the state of U.S. bridges,
dams, parks, airports, railroads and other
vital links. The fact that our nation's overall
grade has not improved since the last report
card in 2013 shows that major investments
are long overdue [click to read more].
How Can Communities Recover from Social Disruptions?

The video is an interview Prof. Hussam Mahmoud
gave recently on CBC Egypt with
renowned T.V. host Lamis Elhadidy. The
show is called "Here is the Capital". The
discussion pertained to the importance of
infrastruture in aiding in recovery of Egypt,
and other Arab countries, from the social
disruptions resulting from the Arab Spring
[click for full interview].
Road to Recovery: A look at Resilience in Steel
Buildings Subjected to Earthquakes and other

In this article, the concept of
resilience for structural steel systems, with
focus on hospitals, is provided. The discussion
pertains to evaluating the functionality of
hospitals following extreme events. The
functionality, in terms of the number of staffed
beds and waiting time, depends on the direct
and indirect social and economic losses
resulting from damage to the hospital itself and
other infrastructure [click to read more].
Beyond Wind Speed: A New Measure for Predicting
Hurricane Impacts.

Using our newly developed "multi-hazard
hurricane impact level model", the
economic losses and resilience of coastal
cities due to hurricane can be assessed.
The new model forecasts storms
more in terms of impacts. Forecasters
typically communicate about approaching
storms by categorizing sustained wind
speeds on the Saffir-Simpson scale. [click
to read more
Scientists Turn to the Troubled Streets of
Gotham to Understand Community Resilience.

A duo of researchers at the Colorado State
University (CSU) have used the tolls of
mechanical engineering to studying
community resilience. To prove that their
method is sound, they turned to the most
troubled town out there — Batman's fictional
Gotham City. [click to read more].
Batman's Gotham City Provides Test Case for
Community Resiliencemodel.

If a community is
resilient, it can withstand
and recover from an
unanticipated disaster,
like an earthquake, fire or
flood. [click to read more].
Inside CSU's Engineering Research Center.

Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud, the assistant
professor and director of the structural
laboratory in the Emgineering Research
Center, gives CTV reporter Kay Bennett a
tour of the lab. Dr. Mahmoud explains the
purpose of CSU's shake table and alludes to
new experimental engineering systems to
come. [click to watch more].
First in the world: CSU Structural Lab Brings Heat.

Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud, assistant
professor and director of the structural lab in
the Engineering Research Center, conducts
an experiment with the help of CSU graduate
student Bashir Ahmadi for what they say is
the first time cracked, steel beams are tested
under elevated temperatures. [click to watch more].