Dr. Hussam N. Mahmoud
George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure and Director, Structural Laboratory
Dr. Mahmoud's research emphasis is on quantifying the effect of extreme loads on the response of structural systems and the subsequent life-cycle cost, socio-economic impact, and resilience of communities. In addition, his research focuses on assessment, repair, and life-cycle cost of deteriorated infrastructure including steel bridges and hydraulic steel structures. The tools employed in Dr. Mahmoud's research include advanced experimental, numerical, and analytical simulations and field studies.
About Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
Dr. Mahmoud's research program has three major thrusts including assessing community resilience, quantifying building response and life-cycle cost to extreme single and multiple hazards, and evaluating, repairing, and estimating life-cycle cost of deteriorated infrastructure. The first thrust 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, as well as 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 engineering performance-based systems subjected to fire, earthquakes, and wind or the combination of such as well as conducting life-cycle cost optimization of structures. The third major thrust relates to assessment, evaluation, repair, and life-cycle assessment of deteriorated infrastructure subjected to high cycle fatigue. This includes developing new assessment methods and repair techniques for steel bridges and hydraulic steel structures such as miter gates while accounting for harsh environmental conditions including underwater operations in some cases.
Recent News: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
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud published a paper on Barriers to Gauging Built Environment Climate Vulnerability https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0742-z
Recent News: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
Recent News: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
Recent News: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
Recent News: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/
Recent News: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
Recent News: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
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud published a recent paper with his student, Ms. Stephanie Pilkington, on Resilience to Tropical Cyclones https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-017-0016-1
Recent News:Science Daily on Resilience to Tropical Cyclones https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171205120000.htm
Recent News: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
Recent News:Science Daily on Resilience to Finite Element Community Resilience of Batman's City - Gotham https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180105135255.htm
Recent News: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
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud has been invited by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, to present on healthcare resilience, at The 2nd International Workshop on Modelling of Physical, Economic and Social Systems for Resilience
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud has been invited to attend the China-America National Academy of Engineering (NAE), U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium at Tongji University, Shanghai in June 2017
Recent News:Dr. Mahmoud has been invited to attend the Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, NYU Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University and Petroleum, Abu Dhabi, in November 2016
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!