Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hussam MahmoudDr. Hussam Mahmoud is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department with an 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 Hussam starting his Ph.D., his involvement at UIUC with the Mutli-Axial Full-Scale Sub-Structured Testing and Simulation (MUST-SIM) facility as manager has been 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 proto-type retrofits that have successfully been implemented on major bridges in the US.

Hussam has many publications ranging between 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 A205D
Phone: (970) 491-6605
Fax: (970) 491-7727

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  • 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