Awards and Honors

HONORS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:

 

  1. Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award
    University of Central Florida (2016)
  2.  Jim Jammal Annual Lecture, April 2015. Invited Speaker. Topic: Does the Water Table Speak to us about Sinkholes?
  3. Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in April 2013 as a Distinguished Faculty
  4. Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award
    University of Central Florida (2012)
  5. CECE Corporate Affiliate Board’s Gold Star Award for Faculty Excellence,
    Builders of the Realm, October 2011
  6. 2010 University of Central Florida, Excellence in Professional Service Award
  7. Gold Apple Award (by the CECE students) for Outstanding Teaching, November 2009.
  8. 2009 Certificate of Commendation for Faculty Advisor, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA.
  9. 2009 CECE Department Excellence in Professional Service Award, Nov. 2009
  10. 2009 CECE Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, Nov. 2009
  11. Gold Apple Award (by the CECE students) for Outstanding Teaching, November 2008.
  12. 2008 CECE Department Excellence in Professional Service Award, Nov, 2008
  13. Gold Apple Award (by the CECE students) for Outstanding Teaching, November 2007.
  14. 2007 CEE Department Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
  15. 2007 Region 5 Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, Committee on Student Activities Ð EXCEED Program
  16. Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award,University of Central Florida (2006-07)
  17. 2003-2004 ASCE East-Central Branch, Outstanding Teacher of the Year.
  18. 2003-2004 Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award for the Southern District. Chi Epsilon – Civil Engineering Honors Society
  19. 2003 Tau Beta Pi Professor of the Year, CEE
  20. Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award University of Central Florida (2002)
  21. 2002 Engineering Faculty of the Year Florida Engineering Society, FES Annual Meeting, August 2002
  22. 2001 Excellence in Environmental Engineering (shared with 4 others) American Association of Environmental Engineers Washington, DC.
  23. Gold Quality Dollar Award for Continual Improvement, 2001 NASA Ð Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  24. University Excellence in Faculty Advising, 2001 University of Central Florida
  25. Engineer of the Year 2000, Central Florida 2000 National Engineers Week
  26. Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award State of Florida (1996)
  27. Excellence in Faculty Advising, 1998 College of Engineering, University of Central Florida
  28. Engineering Professor of the Year, 1998 Tau Beta Pi – Delta Chapter, College of Engineering, University of Central Florida.
  29. Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1997, University of Central Florida
  30. Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, 1996-97 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida.
  31. Engineering Professor of the Year, 1997 and 1996 Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honors Society, 1995

 

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

  • Fellow of the Wessex Institute of Technology, United Kingdom.
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for the 10th International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE) in Orlando, November 4-9, 2012.
  • Travelled to Jordan on three occasions (1999-2002) to collaborate on research in water and solid waste issues funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Invited Speaker and International Presentations –
  • “Pervious Pavement Systems”, ASCE Annual Low Impact Design Conference, (Invited), Seattle, WA, November 18, 2008.
  • “Stability of Slopes of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills with Co-disposal of Biosolids”, (Invited) Geo-Environment and Landscape Evolution II, Rhodes, Greece, June 2006.
  • “Green Pavements – Feasibility and Performance of Pervious Concrete Pavements”, India 2006, The International Perspective on Environmental and Water Resources Conference, New Delhi, December 2006.
  • “Dynamic Response of Embedded Circular Foundations using a Poroelastic BEM”, (Invited) Ninth Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), Wuhan, China, November, 1997.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Project Panel E21-06, Corrosion in the Soil Environment – Soil Resistivity Measurements, 1999-00.
  • Member, TRB Project Panel 24-11, Specifications for Geofoam as Lightweight Fill, 1997-2010.
  • Member, TRB Project Panel 24-13, Tensioned Systems in Geotechnical Applications, 1997-present.
  • Member of Committee 522 of the American Concrete Institute dealing with Pervious Concrete Pavements.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE and Journal of Geotechnical, Geomechanical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE and International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.
  • Reviewer for the journal “Water”
  • Reviewer for Transportation Research Board Journal
  • Reviewer for International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering.
  • Reviewer for the 9th Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Wuhan, China.
  • Received the NASA Certificates of Honor for Contributions to Technical Briefs and for Submission of Patent through NASA.
  • Recognized by the UCF Board of Trustees for NASA Research project and AAEE award, January 23, 2003.

 

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