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Keynote Speakers

​ ​​Professor Surendra P. Shah
Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering​
Northwestern University​​​​

Professor Surendra P. Shah is a Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and was the founding director of the pioneering National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include: fracture, fiber reinforced composites, nondestructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology, and use of solid waste materials. Hi has co-authored two books: Fiber Reinforced Cement Based Composites and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. He has published more than 400 journal articles and edited more than 20 books. He is past editor of RILEM's journal, Materials and Structures. Professor Shah is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is the only civil engineer who is a member of these three academies. He has received many awards, including the Swedish Concrete Award, American Concrete Institute's Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, American Society of Civil Engineer's Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News Record News Maker Award. He was named one of the ten most influential people in concrete by Concrete Construction Magazine. Recently, he spent time at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai as an Honorary Professor under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. Most recently, he was awarded an honorary membership in American Concrete Institute and RILEM (based in Paris). Besides teaching at Northwestern, Professor Shah has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sydney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt University, and Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris. Currently, he is a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 ​​David A. Lange, Ph.D., PE, F. ACI
ACI Vice President
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of the FAA Center of Excellence for Airport Technology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

David A. Lange joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992.  His research area is infrastructure materials, concrete microstructure-property relationships, durability, characterization of pore structure, drying phenomenon and measurement of internal relative humidity gradients, shrinkage/creep, and cracking. He serves as Director of the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology, a research center sponsored by the O'Hare Modernization Program and the Federal Aviation Administration. Lange has published over 200 technical papers and reports, including 90 refereed journal papers.  He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.   He is also a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and winner of its Wason Medal in 2003.  He is Vice President of the American Concrete Institute, and serves on several other ACI committees. 

 ​​Imad L. Al-Qadi, PhD, PE, Dist.M.ASCE
Founder Professor of Engineering
Illinois Center for Transportation, Director
Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory, Director
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor Al-Qadi is the 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 (ATREL) and the founding Director of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT). He is also the Founding President of Transportation Engineering Solutions and Technologies, Inc. focusing on transportation sustainability and life cycle assessment. Prior to that, he was the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor at Virginia Tech. A registered professional engineer, Professor Al-Qadi has authored/ coauthored around 600 publications and has delivered more than 550 presentations including numerous keynote lectures. He has led more than 120 projects to completion; in addition, he managed more than 200 projects as an ICT director since 2006. He is the past president of the ASCE T&DI Board of Governors and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering. Professor Al-Qadi has received numerous prestigious national and international honors and awards including the NSF Young Investigator Award, the quadrennial IGS Award, the ASCE James Laurel Prize, the ARTBA Steinberg Award, the ASCE Turner Award, and the French Limoges Medal. He is a Chapter Honorary Member of Chi Epsilon at the University of Illinois, an Honorary Member of the Societa Italiana Infrastructure Viarie, Emeritus Member of TRB Committee AHD25 on Sealants and Fillers for Joints and Cracks, and an Honorary Professor at several universities in Europe and China. In 2010 he was elected as an ASCE Distinguished Member. Dr. Al-Qadi holds a B.S. degree from Yarmouk University and M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State University, all in civil engineering. His expertise is on highway and airfield pavement mechanics and evaluation, tire-pavement interaction, GPR, asphalt rheology, pavement sustainability, and forensic engineering and arbitration.

Mufid A. Samarai , PhD, PE
Senior Advisor
Sharjah Research Academy​
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Mufid A. Samarai is a Senior Advisor at Sharjah Research Academy. Professor of Civil Engineering, Chair and Dean Baghdad University in Iraq, Applied Science University in Jordan and since 1997 University of Sharjah in UAE. He obtained his Ph.D. from University College London in 1976, and has been engaged in teaching, research and consulting work. He was involved in the repair of over 100 structures and bridges in Iraq, Jordan and UAE. A former vice-president of CIB (Holland), Bureau member of RILEM (France), Fellow Research Officer LNEC (Portugal).He is President of MEDMA (Germany) and Board member of The Arab Institute for Maintenance and Operations OMAINTEC (Lebanon).

Prof. Samarai received a number of acknowledgments for his contribution to research, education and community service in Iraq, Jordan and UAE. He was invited as a keynote speaker and member of scientific committees of a large number of international conferences. His research interests include quality control, low cost housing, non-destructive testing, durability, heritage and historic buildings conservation, damage assessment and repair of structures and sustainability. He has over 200 publications, two books and 4 registered patents.