Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud

George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure and Director, Structural Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Advanced Materials Discovery

About Dr. Hussam Mahmoud

Dr. Mahmoud's research program has three major thrusts including:
1) assessing community resilience, 2) quantifying building response and life-cycle cost to extreme single and multiple hazards, and 3) evaluating, repairing, and estimating life-cycle cost of deteriorated infrastructure.

The first thrust on community resilience pertains to spatial and temporal quantification of resilience of communities subjected to extreme natural hazards. This is realized through:
- Modeling and representing the hazard,
- Assessing infrastructure damage, losses, and recovery,
- Evaluating the socio-economic consequences within a community.

The second thrust deals with assessment and development of resilient and sustainable structural systems (mainly steel structures) subjected to natural and man-made hazards including single and multi-hazards.
This is realized through:
- Developing advanced modeling techniques to capture structural response under different hazards, up to and including failure.
- Engineering performance-based systems subjected to fire, earthquakes, and wind or the combination of such.
- Conducting life-cycle cost optimization of structures with considerations to both sustinable and resilience objectives.

The third thrust is assessment, evaluation, repair, and life-cycle assessment of deteriorated infrastructure subjected to high cycle fatigue.
This is realized through:
- Developing new assessment methods and repair techniques for steel bridges and hydraulic steel structures such as miter gates.
- Accounting for harsh environmental conditions including underwater operations in some cases.
- Optimization life-cycle of the structure, or portofolio of structures, with consideration on minmimum social and economic costs.

Research Thrust Areas

Recent News:

Dr. Mahmoud published a paper with his student Emad Hassan on Orchestrating Performance of Healthcare Networks subjected to the Compound events of Natural Disasters and Pandemic https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-21581-x

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Dr. Mahmoud published a paper on Barriers to Gauging Built Environment Climate Vulnerability https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0742-z

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authored a paper with his student Emad Hassan on Healthcare and Education Networks Interaction as an Indicator of Social Services Stability Following Natural Disasters https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-81130-w

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Dr. Mahmoud was invited by the Royal Institute of International Affairs through the Chatham House's Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy to two workshops on �Material Transitions: Working with Nature for Built Environments"

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Dr. Mahmoud was selected by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences to be a mentor for the COVID-19 �Jamming the Curve� Competition and by the National Academy of Engineering to be a mentor for the �COVID-19 Call for Action Team� Competition"

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Dr. Mahmoud was invited by the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering for an International Workshop to discuss Safer Complex Systems Programme (coordinated by Engineering X and founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Lloyd�s Register Foundation)

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authored a paper with his student Akshat Chulahwat on Assessing Wildland�Urban Interface Fire Risk https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.201183

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authored a paper with his former Ph.D. student Dr. Stephanie Pilkington on Interpreting the Socio-Technical Interactions within a Wind Damage�Artificial Neural Network Model for Community Resilience https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.200922

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authored a paper with his student Emad Hassan on Resilience of School Systems Following Severe Earthquakes https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020EF001518

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Dr. Mahmoud co-chaired (representing the U.S.) the 2019 U.S. National Academies Arab-American Frontiers Symposium in collaboration with the Liberary of Alexandria in Egypt https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/AAFrontiers/PGA_191577

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authored a paper with his student Mona Hemmati on The Role of Urban Growth in Resilience of Communities Under Flood Risk https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019EF001382

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Dr. Mahmoud co-authors a CNN article on the Impact of Weak Hurricanes on Communities https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/16/opinions/hurricane-season-barry-strength-pilkington-mahmoud

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Dr. Mahmoud has been invited to give a distiguish lecture on Vulnerability of Communities to Extreme Events at New Mexico State Univesity https://engr.nmsu.edu/distinguished-lecture-series

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Dr. Mahmoud interviewed by the Smithsonian Magazine on the use of AI in predicting the impact of natural disasters https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-satellites-and-big-data-are-predicting-behavior-hurricanes-and-other-natural-disasters-180970893/

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Dr. Mahmoud published a recent paper with his student, Mr. Akshat Chulahwat, on Unraveling the Complexity of Wildland Urban Interface Fires https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-017-0016-1

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Dr. Mahmoud gave a keynote on wildland urban interface fire at the 3rd Annual Resilience Colloquium at the University of New Mexico in August 2018

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Dr. Mahmoud published a recent paper with his student, Mr. Akshat Chulahwat, on Spatial and Temporal Resilience Assessment of Gotham City, the City of the Infamous Character Batman http://rdcu.be/zLv0

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Science Daily on Resilience to Finite Element Community Resilience of Batman's City - Gotham https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180105135255.htm

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Dr. Mahmoud published a recent news article on Targeting Upgrades for Deteriorated Infrastructure in the U.S. https://theconversation.com/upgrading-our-infrastructure-targeting-repairs-for-locks-dams-and-bridges-69748

Student News:

Ms. Stephanie Pilkington accepted a position at the Department of Engineering Technology and Const. Management at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Congraaaaaaaaaaats Stephanie...!

Student News:

Dr. Mehrdad Memari just accepted a position as a senior research scientist with American International Group (AIG). Congraaaaaaaaaaats Mehrdad...!

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 Resiliency biannual meeting in Fort Collins, CO, in April 2016� Congrats Akshat!

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