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New Chair Announced for Civil & Environmental Engineering

October 20, 2005

University of Texas at Arlington Dean of Engineering Dr. Bill Carroll has announced the appointment of Nur Yazdani, Ph.D., P.E., as the new chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Dr. Yazdani will begin his duties November 1.

Dr. Yazdani replaces Dr. Sia Ardekani, chair of the department since September 1999, who is eager to devote more time to research and teaching.

Dr. Yazdani was formerly with Florida A&M University - Florida State University, where he was a professor, the graduate coordinator and the director of the Infrastructure Research Laboratory. His research interests include structural engineering; concrete/timber bridge design, evaluation and rehabilitation; concrete properties; and infrastructure disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. He is well known in Florida for his development of in-home hurricane shelters and his strengthening of coastal construction and building codes.

Dr. Yazdani received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh; his master’s from the University of Oklahoma; and his doctorate from the University of Maryland - College Park. During his career, Dr. Yazdani has received numerous awards for his teaching and research abilities and has secured more than $5 million for externally-funded research projects, on most of which he was the principal investigator.

A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and registered professional engineer, Dr. Yazdani is the author or co-author of numerous articles published in several professional journals, the co-author of a book chapter, and an invited speaker at conferences and seminars on structural engineering. A leader in engineering education, he has chaired several committees dealing with graduate, curriculum and fundraising activities.