Hussam Mahmoud

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hussam MahmoudHussam Mahmoud has expertise in the field of structural engineering. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Hussam’s Ph.D. study focused on conducting system-level seismic assessment of steel frames with energy dissipative connections using hybrid simulation and nonlinear dynamic time-history analysis. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Hussam managed the Mutli-Axial Full-Scale Sub-Structured Testing and Simulation (MUST-SIM) facility at UIUC, which was a great addition to his academic and research experience. Hussam’s work included conducting various small-scale and large-scale experimental testing and evaluating complex control algorithms and loading protocols used in the tests. Before arriving at UIUC, he worked as research scientist at the ATLSS Research Center at Lehigh University. His work at Lehigh focused on fatigue and fracture evaluation of steel bridges. The work included material testing, fractographic analysis, field instrumentation and monitoring, weld simulation, and nonlinear finite element analysis. He proposed prototype retrofits that have successfully been implemented on major bridges in the U.S.

Hussam has many publications, including journal, conference, and technical reports. He is a technical reviewer for various journals and is involved with many technical committees.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability and life-cycle of civil infrastructures as influenced by aging and deterioration and natural hazards
  • Fatigue and fracture assessment of steel structures (including high cycle, low cycle and ultra-low cycle fatigue)
  • Structural health monitoring and in-service evaluation of structures
  • Structural performance under extreme loading
  • Hazards assessment, response, and mitigation
  • Effect of microdamage on the mechanical properties of biological tissues

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Office Location: Engineering A221
Phone: (970) 491-6605
Fax: (970) 491-7727

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S.E. 2001, University of Minnesota – Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)
  • M.S. 2003, University of Minnesota – Structural Engineering
  • Ph.D. 2011, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Structural Engineering