Dr. Al-Qadi holds the distinction of Founder Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Director of the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory and the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation. Prior to that he was the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He specializes in pavement mechanics and modeling, tire-pavement interaction, pavement sustainability, condition assessment and rehabilitation, instrumentation, and NDE including ground penetrating radar. He has served as the principal/co-principal investigator of more than 100 projects sponsored by various agencies and managed an additional 140 projects. A registered Professional Engineer, Professor Al-Qadi is the author/ coauthor of more than 525 technical publications. He delivered more than 500 technical presentations including numerous keynote lectures. He received numerous awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 2002 IGS Award, and the 2007 ASCE James Laurel Prize. In 2010 he was elected to be an ASCE Distinguished Member, the highest ASCE honor that has been bestowed on less than 600 civil engineers since 1853 “for his extraordinary research and technical contributions in pavement engineering, modeling, and rehabilitation technologies, pavement interlayer systems, and transportation infrastructure sensing such as ground penetrating radar, as well as his exemplary leadership in professional service and technology transfer.” He is currently an elected member of ASCE T&DI Board of Governors and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering.
Dr. Altinakar holds a Ph.D. from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from the METU, Ankara, Turkey, and a MS in Applied Mathematics from EPFL. He was the Acting Director (2001-2002) and Head of the Fluvial Hydraulics Section (1997-2001) at LRH-EPFL. During 1989-1997, he worked at Bonnard and Gardel Consulting Engineers Ltd. in Lausanne and took part in hydro projects in Switzerland, France, Turkey, and North Africa. During 1989-1997, he was also Associate Researcher at LRH-EPFL and taught undergraduate and graduate courses. His research interests include fluvial hydraulics and sediment transport, diffusion and dispersion in waterways, transport and fate of contaminants, stratified flows, computational fluid dynamics, flood simulation and mapping, emergency management, integrated watershed management, optimization and decision support systems, the design of hydraulic structures, and smoke and fire propagation in tunnels. He co-authored two text books in French, and has more than 100 publications. Dr. Altinakar chairs the IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee, serves as the IAHR liaison at the International Flood Initiative (IFI) of UNESCO, and is a member of the ASCE-EWRI Task Committee on Dam/Levee Break Fluvial Processes. Dr. Altinakar is currently the Director and Research Professor at the National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (NCCHE) of the University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi, USA.
Dr. Dogan Altinbilek has received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey in 1965. After receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department of METU in 1970 and as Associate Professor in 1979. During 1980-85, he worked for Civil Engineering Department of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. After returning back to METU, he became a Professor and was appointed as the Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department in 1988. Prof. Altinbilek has served as the Director General of State Hydraulic Works (DSI) during 1996-2001. Prof. Altinbilek has resumed his academic post at Civil Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University in 2001 until his retirement in 2005 to resume a high level position at İçtas Energy Company. Presently, he is teaching at METU on a part-time basis.
Prof. Altinbilek, at present, is Honorary Member and former President of International Hydropower Association (IHA). He is President of Turkish Water Power Association and member of Board of Trustees of TEMA Foundation. He is a member of Board of Governors and Bureau Member of World Water Council (WWC).
Dr. Fardis holds M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering (1977) and Nuclear Engineering (1978) and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering (1979), all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught in Civil Engineering to the rank of Associate Professor. He is Honorary President of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib). As chairman of the CEN sub-committee for Eurocode 8: “Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance” (1999-2005), he led the development of its six parts into European Standards. He is Editorial Board Member of Earthquake Spectra, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, Structural Concrete, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Earthquake Engineering. He is the author of “Seismic Design, Assessment & Retrofitting of Concrete Buildings” (Springer 2009), lead author of “Designers’ Guide to EN1998-1 and EN1998-5: Eurocode 8-Seismic actions, buildings, foundations & retaining structures” (T.Telford 2011) and co-author of “Designers’ Guide to EN1998-2: Eurocode 8-Bridges” (ICE Press, 2012) and Editor of three books published by Springer (2010-11). He has over 250 papers in international journals or conference proceedings. He received the 1993 Wason Medal of ACI for the best paper in materials. He co-ordinated the European Commission research projects “Seismic Performance Assessment & Rehabilitation” (2001-05), “Advanced Centre of Excellence in Structural & Earthquake Engineering” (2008-12), “Seismic Engineering Research Infrastructures for European Synergies” (2009-13). He is currently Professor and Director of Structures Laboratory, Civil Engineering Department, Patras University, Greece.
Dr. Hastak received his undergraduate education in India and his MSCE degree from the University of Cincinnati and PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Hastak has been involved with the construction industry for the past 24 years where he has conducted research, taught, and assisted industry in the area of construction engineering and management including disaster risk reduction, infrastructure management, cost control, project management, management decision making, risk management, and strategic planning. Dr. Hastak has established a research lab at Purdue University called SPARC (Solutions for Profitability and Assessment of Risk in Construction). His group at the SPARC lab has been engaged in cutting edge research in these areas funded by several federal, state, and private agencies. Dr. Hastak has authored and co-authored over 120 publications. He has published a book on Infrastructure Planning Handbook: Planning, Engineering, and Economics as a co-author with Dr. Alvin S. Goodman (2006). He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering and was the Chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers (NCHRC) (2008-2010). Dr. Makarand (Mark) Hastak is currently the Professor and Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University.
Dr. Farrokh Nadim is the director of the Centre of Excellence, the “International Centre for Geohazards” (ICG), at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI). He has a BSc in structural engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, and MSc (1980) and ScD (1982) in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr Nadim joined NGI in September 1982. His major fields of work are related to geohazards (landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis), risk and reliability analysis, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and offshore foundation engineering. He is the author or co-author of over 120 scientific publications, and a former Chair of Technical Committee 32 of ISSMGE: “Engineering practice of risk assessment and management”. He is the Norwegian representative at European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE), the past president in Norwegian Society for Earthquake Engineering, a member of ISO Panel 5 for Development of Seismic Design Guidelines for Offshore Structures and ISO TC98 for Seismic Actions on Geotechnical Works, and adjunct professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and at University of Oslo (UiO). Dr Nadim is one of the Lead Authors of IPCC’s Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).