Post-Doctorates and Visiting Scholars/Students

Amr Riad, PhD
Visiting scholar
Associate Professor – Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
PhD, Structural Engineering, Helwan University, Egypt, 2002
MS, Structural Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada, 1998
BS, Structural Engineering (Honors), Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt 1995
Research Interests:
Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) Composites
Reinforced Concrete Structures


Guo Xiaoyun, PhD
Visiting scholar
Associate Professor – Chinese Institute of Disaster Prevention, Beijing, China
PhD, Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering Mechanics (IEM), China Earthquake
Administration, 2011
MS, Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China, 2007
BS, Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China, 2005
Research Interests:
Dynamic Structural Analysis,
Evaluation and reinforcement of building structure

Dr. Mehmet Emiroglu
Visiting Scholar
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at Düzce University, Turkey
PhD, Firat University, Turkey 2012
Research Interests :
Self-healing composites
Nanotechnology for Structural Composites
Stabilized Earth Blocks

Eman Omar Taha
Graduate Research Assistant (PhD)
Visiting PhD Student
Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute –
Cairo, Egypt
BS, Special Physics Department, Al-Azhar University (2006)
MS, Solid State Physics, Cairo University (2011)
Research Interests :
Nanotechnology for structural composites
Structural health monitoring


Dr. Arafat Khan
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation, Post-Doctor Fellow, San Diego State University
PhD, Mechanical Engineering (Virginia Tech), 2014
Research Interests :
Structural Composites
Computational Mechanics
Nanotechnology for structural composites

Dr. Eslam Soliman
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation, Assistant Professor, Assuit University, Egypt
PhD, Civil Engineering (University of New Mexico), 2011
Research Interests :
Nanotechnology for structural composites
Computational Mechanics and Finite Element Modeling
Structural Composites

Dr. Jung Joong Kim
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation : Assistant Professor, Kyungnam University, South Korea
Research Interests :
Nanomaterials and Nanocharacterization
Finite element modeling
Possibility Theory
Uncertainty quantification


Dr. Arife Burcu Altunc
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation, Lecturer, Marymount University, Washington DC, USA.
PhD, Industrial Engineering (Arizona State University)
Research Interests :
Optimization theory
Topological optimization
Uncertainty quantification

Dr. Usama Kandil
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor , Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Cairo, Egypt
BS, Chemistry (Cairo University)
MS, Chemistry (Penn State University)
PhD, Materials Science (Penn State University, 2000)
Research Interests :
Polymer Nanocomposites
Nanomaterials and nanofunctionalization
Recycled materials

Dr. Keyong Choi
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Songsill University, South Korea.
BS, Korea University
Post-Doctor Fellow, University of Michigan. USA
Research Interests :
Concrete Structures
Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Two way slabs


Dr. Ihab Adam
Post-Doctor Fellow
Current Affiliation: Professor & Deputy Director
Construction Research Institute, Egypt
PhD, Koyoto University, Japan
Research Interests :
Creep and shrinkage of concrete
Concrete mix design

Dr. Jonathan Lucero
Post-Doctor Fellow
Currently: Palo Vedre Power Plant, Arizona
PhD, University of New Mexico (2004)
Research Interests :
Uncertainty Quantification
Fuzzy Set Theory
Structural health monitoring