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Hussam N. Mahmoud

Hussam N. Mahmoud

Associate Professor and Director, Structural Laboratory
Colorado State University


Dr. Hussam Mahmoud is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU). He is also the Director of the Structural Laboratory at CSU and the Academic Advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. He is affiliated with the School of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Advanced Materials Discovery. He received his BS and MS from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to arriving at CSU, he was Manager of the NEES Earthquake Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he oversaw and conducted various large-scale hybrid simulations. Prior to joining UIUC he was as a research scientist at Lehigh University where he managed and led various projects pertaining to fatigue and fracture assessment of steel structures through laboratory testing and structural health monitoring. Dr. Mahmoud’s research program has three major thrusts including assessing community resilience, quantifying building damage to extreme single and multiple hazards, and evaluating deteriorated infrastructure.

Dr. Mahmoud has led federal, state, and industry sponsored research totaling of well over $3,000,000. He has published various scholarly articles in journals such as the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and International Journal of Fatigue. He presents his work frequently at both national and international conferences as well as through invited seminars and workshops. Dr. Mahmoud is a technical reviewer for various journals including the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, the Journal of Earthquake Engineering, among others. He serves on many technical committees including ASCE on Fire protection and ASCE on Multi-Hazard Mitigation and he is a member of the Steel Bridge Task Force of The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). He is currently the elected chair of the ASCE Committee on Fatigue and Fracture and the ASCE Committee on Steel Bridges. Dr. Mahmoud chaired many sessions at conferences including sessions on multi-hazard assessment and mitigations.

Dr. Mahmoud has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate structural engineering courses with focus of structural steel, and has developed two new courses with direct focus on Ph.D. level research in the area of fatigue and fracture and structural fire. The Fatigue and Fracture course covers various topics including high and low cycle fatigue and ductile and brittle fracture with application to steel, concrete, and hard human tissues including bone and teeth. The fire course covers a wide range of topics pertaining to fire Dynamics and structural fire engineering

Research Interest

• Community resilience quantification and assessment
• Hazards assessment, structural response and mitigation
• Structural performance under extreme multiple hazards
• Life-cycle of civil infrastructures as influenced by aging and deterioration
• Fatigue and fracture assessment of steel structures (including high cycle, low cycle and ultra-low cycle fatigue)