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Prof.Maher Omar Director of Institute of Leadership In Higher Education Academic RankProfessor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering), Southern Illinois University, USA, 1995.

Research Interests:

  • Soil Stabilization using Synthetic Fibers, Landfill Analysis & Design, Soil Remediation, Seismic Site Response and Microzonation, Liquefaction Analysis, Machine Foundation, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Sustainable Development, and Engineering Education.

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-Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University, USA, 1995. -M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University, USA, 1992. -B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Southern Illinois University, USA, 1990.
Academic Positions (Dates: MM/YYYY) -6/2018-present: Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. -09/2007-6/2018: Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. -09/2000-09/2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. -08/1997-07/2000: Visiting professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University, USA. -08/1996-07/1997: Instructor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University, USA. Administrative Positions (Dates: MM/YYYY) -09/2016-present: Chairman, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. -01/2015-09/2016: A/Chairman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. -09/2014-01/2015: Associate Chair for Academic, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. -09/2010-09/2014: Chairman, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. -09/2000-09/2010: Assistant to Chair, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. Professional/Industrial Positions (Dates: MM/YYYY) -01/1995-01/1996: Geotechnical Design Engineer, Curry & Association Engineers Incorporated, Nashville, IL, USA.
Professional Engineer in Training (E.I.T.), Illinois
-Development of Microzonation Map of Liquefaction Potential for Sharjah, United Arab Emirates”, University of Sharjah, 2014-2017. -Estimation of Bearing Capacity of Open-Ended Model Piles in Sand, University of Sharjah & University of Technology, Baghdad, 2015-2017. -Predicting Allowable Bearing Capacity and Settlements of shallow foundations using artificial neural networks - Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, University of Sharjah, 2015-2017. -Geotechnical Mapping of seismic risk of Sharjah City, United Arab Emirates, University of Sharjah, 2015-2017. -Change in Suction and Swelling Behavior of Expansive Unsaturated Bentonite-Sand Mixture with Time , University of Sharjah & University of Technology, Baghdad, 2015-2017 -Development of Geospatial Risk Analysis Maps for United Arab Emirates, University of Sharjah, 2013-2015. -Estimating Unconfined Compressive Strength of Sedimentary Rocks of UAE from Generated Empirical Correlations, University of Sharjah, 2013-2014. -Use of Wave Velocity for Determining soil Properties, University of Sharjah, 2013-2014. -Education grant in the amount of AED 560,000, to support the Intel Science Competition for the Arab World (ISC AW) program, Intel Foundation, 2011. -Assessment of Thiopave (Sulphur Based Additive) in Pavements (Initial Agreement Reached – In Process of Finalization), Shell Oil Company, 2009-2010.
Book Publications -Engineering Education in the 21st Century - Quality, Globalization and Local Relevance, College of Graduate Studies and research, UOS. ISBN 9948-10-098-0, 2012. -International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering – Soil Exploration, Testing and Foundation Design, University of Sharjah, 2004. Selected Journal Publications -Maher Omar, Field Plate Load Test to Investigate Stress Distribution in Soil Mass with and without Reinforcement - United Arab Emirates, Jordan Journal of Civil Engineering , Accepted. -Maher Omar (2017) Empirical correlations for predicting strength properties of rocks – United Arab Emirates, International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp 248-261 (DOI: 10.1080/19386362.2016.1214339). -Maher Omar, Abdallah Shanableh & Marwan Al Zaylaie (2016), “Modification of the Swelling Characteristics and Phosphorus Retention of Bentonite Clay Using Alum”, Soils and Foundations, Vol. 56, No. 5, pp 861- 868. -Maher Omar, Abdallah Shanableh, “Evaluation of Methods Used For Reducing Heavy Metal Leaching From Sandy Soil”, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol. 34, No. 5 (DOI 10.1007/s12517-015-2194-8). -A Shanableh, M Imteaz, K Hamad, M Omar, T Merabtene, M Siddique, “Potential impact of global warming on whiting in a Semi-Enclosed Gulf”, International Journal of Global Warming, Accepted. -M. Omar, A. Shanableh, S. Abduljalil, M. Arab, K. Hamad, A. Tahmaz, “Geotechnical Mapping of Seismic Risk For Sharjah City, United Arab Emirates”, Global Civil Engineering Conference (GCEC2017), Faculty of Engineering University, Putra Malaysia, June 2017, Accepted. -Maher Omar, Khaled Hamad, A Shanableh, Ali Tahmaz, Efforts To Maximize The Success Of Students On Probation, 8th International Forum on Engineering Education (8th IFEE2017), April 18-20, 2017. -Khaled Hamad, Ghazi Al-Khateeb and Maher Omar, Senior Design Project Experience at Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 8th International Forum on Engineering Education (8th IFEE2017), April 18-20, 2017. -Hussain Salah, Maher Omar, Abdallah Shanableh, " Estimating Unconfined Compressive Strength of Sedimentary Rocks in United Arab Emirates from Point Load Strength Index" Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Vol. 2, No.1, pp 296- 213, 2014. -M. Omar, A. Shanableh, M. Balwan, M.Y. Fattah, K. Hamad, "Influence of Local Soil Conditions on Ground Response - Site Amplification, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates" International Journal of Modern Engineering, Vol. 13, No.2, pp 34- 40, 2013 (ISSN: 2157-8052). -A. Shanableh, T. Merabtene, M. Omar, and M. Imteaz, "Impact of Surface Ocean Acidification on The CO2 Absorption Rate", International Journal of Global Warming (IJGW), Vol. 3, Nos.1/2, pp 163- 172, 2011. -M. Fattah, W. Al-Baghdadi, M. Omar & A. Shanableh, "Analysis Of Strip Footing Resting On Reinforced Granular Trench By The Finite Element Method", International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp 471- 482, 2010. Selected Conference Publications -Maher Omar, Abdallah Shanableh, Khaled Hamad, “Thoughts Prior to Introducing Earthquake Engineering to the Civil Engineering Curriculum: Internal & External Efforts”, ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference-The Global Reach of Engineering, Mississippi, USA, April 1-3, (CD ROM), 2012. -K. Hamad , M. Omar, A. Shanableh, Yahya Sarraj, “Developing New Technology-Related Bachelor Programs in The Middle East”, ASEE Southeastern Section Annual Conference-The Global Reach of Engineering, Mississippi , USA, April 1-3, (CD ROM), 2012. -Omar, M., Shanableh, A. and Hamad, K., "Thoughts on University Industry Relations", Conference for industry and Education Collaboration-American Society for Engineering Education, Palm Springs, CA, USA, February 2010. -Shanableh, S. Barakat, M. Omar, K. Hamad, and F. Shadoud, “Accreditation and Program Assessment” 5th International Forum on Engineering Education, Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Quality, Globalization and Local Relevance”, UOS, November 2010. -K. Hamad, M. Omar, and A. Shanableh, “Transportation Engineering Education in Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curricula in The Middle East”, 5th International Forum on Engineering Education, Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Quality, Globalization and Local Relevance”, UOS, November 2010.
-Recipient, University of Sharjah Annual Faculty Incentive Award – University and Community Service Category, 2014-2015. -Recipient, University of Sharjah Annual Bonus Award for Outstanding Faculty - Teaching Category, University of Sharjah, 2013-2014. -Recipient, University of Sharjah Annual Bonus Award for Outstanding Faculty - Teaching Category, University of Sharjah, 2010-2011. -Recipient, University of Sharjah Annual Bonus Award for Outstanding Faculty - Teaching Category, University of Sharjah, 2007-2008. -Recipient, University of Sharjah Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Sharjah, 2006-2007. -Recipient, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services Award, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services, 2004. -Recipient, University of Sharjah Outstanding Research Award sponsored by Bank of Sharjah for “Reliability Based Risk Index for the Design of Reinforced Earth Structures”, University of Sharjah, 2003. -Recipient, ASCE Super Achiever Award, ASCE, 1992.
-Co-Chair of Judging Committee, Think Science Competition organized by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development April 2014. -Chair of Organizing Committee, Intel Science Competition- Arab World, World Trade Center, Dubai, December 26th-29th, 2013 -Co-Chair of Judging Committee, Think Science Competition organized by the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development April 2013. -Monitoring of water quality and circulation patterns in the Khalid and Al-Khan lagoons, University of Sharjah, Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Environmental Section of Sharjah Municipality. Landfill closure of Sharjah waste disposal facility and remediation options and alternatives, University of Sharjah, Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Environmental Section of Sharjah Municipality. Preliminary field investigation of the current waste disposal site in Sharjah and action plan for establishing an integrated waste management program, University of Sharjah, Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Environmental Section of Sharjah Municipality.
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