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Dr. Mohamed G. Arab Academic RankAssociate Professor

Specialization:

  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering), Arizona State University, Tempe, USA, 2011.

Research Interests:

  • Biogeotechnical engineering, Sustainable Geotechnics ground improvement, geotechnical earthquake engineering, waste containment system design, mechanical properties of municipal solid waste

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Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, USA, 2011. M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, USA, 2008. B.S., Civil Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt, 2004.
- 2020-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. - 2017-2020: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE. - 2014 to 2016: Director of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Laboratory, Mansoura University, Egypt. - 2012-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Structural Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt. - 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University, USA.
- Associate member, The United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER). - Founding member, Egyptian Geosynthetic Society (IGSE) - Founding member, the Saudi Society for Geotechnical Engineering (SSGE) - Member, International Geo-synthetic Society (IGS) - Member, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). - Member, American Society of Civil Engineers. - Member, Geo-institute: ASCE. - EES Licensed Engineer Member, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate, Cairo, Egypt - Member, Egyptian Society of Geotechnical Engineers. - Member, Chi-Epsilon Honor Society.
1- Using Microbial Inspired Techniques to Improve the Geotechnical Properties of Sand Dunes in UAE, Principal Investigator, University of Sharjah-Targeted Research Grant (2019) 152,600 AED/ 3 years 2- Using Enzyme Induced Calcite Precipitation (EICP) to control dust in UAE Principal Investigator, Sharjah Research Academy-Collaborative Research Grant (2019) 120,000 AED/ 2 years 3- Using Alkali-Activated Binders to Improve UAE Sabkha Approval Soils. Principal Investigator, University of Sharjah- Competitive Research Grant (2019) 79,000 AED/ 2 years 4- Using Sodium Alginate Biopolymer as Soil Reinforcement Technique. Principal Investigator, University of Sharjah- Seed Research Grant (2018) 40,000 AED/ 2 years 5- Advanced Characterization of Dynamic Soils Properties in UAE for Enhanced Civil Infrastructures Design. Co-Principal Investigator, University of Sharjah- Collaborative Research Grant (2020) 196,000AED/ 3 years 6- Management of Load Transfer to Underground Structures by Using Geocell Soil Reinforcement. Co-Principal Investigator, University of Sharjah- Collaborative Research Grant (2017) 80,000AED/ 2 years 7- Analysis of Waste Quantities and composition in Kafr-El-Sheikh Governorate. Principal Investigator, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (2012) 90,000EGP/ 1 years 8- The Enhancement of the capabilities of Mansoura Geotechnical Laboratory to meet the requirements of the ISO-17025. Principal Investigator, Higher education institutions’ labs accreditation project (HLAP) (2013) 1,500,000 EGP / 3 years 9- The Enhancement of the capabilities of Mansoura Pavement Laboratory to meet the requirements of the ISO-17025. Co-Principal Investigator, Higher education institutions’ labs accreditation project (HLAP) (2015) 1,400,000 EGP / 3 years 10- Exchange of Experience on The Preservation of Historic and Old Water Masonry Structures.. Co-Principal Investigator, PEOPLE MARIE CURIE ACTION- FP7-PEOPLE 2010-IRSES (2011) 100,000 EUR / 3 years
1. Alotaibi, E., Omar, M., Shanableh, A., Zeiada, W., Fattah, M. Y., Tahmaz, A., and Arab, M. G. (2021). “Geogrid bridging over existing shallow flexible PVC buried pipe–Experimental study.” Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 113, 103945. 2. Alotaibi, E., Mostafa, O., Nassif, N., Omar, M., and Arab, M. G. (2021). “Prediction of Punching Shear Capacity for Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Slabs Using Neuro-Nomographs Constructed by Machine Learning.” Journal of Structural Engineering, 147(6), 04021075. 3. Arab, M. G., Omar, M., Almajed, A., Elbaz, Y., and Ahmed, A. H. (2021). “Hybrid technique to produce bio-bricks using enzyme-induced carbonate precipitation (EICP) and sodium alginate biopolymer” Construction and Building Materials, 284, 122846. 4. Arab, M. G., Rohy, H., Zeiada, W., Almajed, A., and Omar, M. (2021) “One-Phase EICP Biotreatment of Sand Exposed to Various Environmental Conditions” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 33(3), 04020489. 5. Lemboye, K., Almajed, A., Alnuaim, A., Arab, M., and Alshibli, K. (2021) “Improving sand wind erosion resistance using renewable agriculturally derived biopolymers” Aeolian Research, 49, 100663. 6. Almajed, A., Abbas, H., Arab, M., Alsabhan, A., Hamid, W., and Al-Salloum, Y. (2020) “Enzyme-Induced Carbonate Precipitation (EICP)-Based methods for ecofriendly stabilization of different types of natural sands” Journal of Cleaner Production, 274, 122627. 7. Arab, M. G., Alzara, M., Zeiada, W., Omar, M., & Azam, A. (2020) “Combined effect of compaction level and matric suction conditions on flexible pavement performance using construction and demolition waste” Construction and Building Materials, 261, 119792. 8. Arab, M. G., Abdelmoghni, M., Akl, S. A., and Dif, A. (2020) “Numerical Modeling of Unfavorable CFA Pile Drilling Conditions” Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 38(6), 6869-6889. 9. Abdallah, M., Arab, M. G., Shabib, A., El-Sherbiny, R., & El-Sheltawy, S. (2020). Characterization and sustainable management strategies of municipal solid waste in Egypt. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 1-13. 10. Ashour, M., Alaaeldin, A. and Arab, M. G. (2020). Laterally Loaded Battered Piles in Sandy Soils. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE), 146(1), 06019017. 11. Arab, M. G., Mousa, R. A., Gabr, A. R., Azam, A. M., El-Badawy, S. M., & Hassan, A. F. (2018) “Resilient Behavior of Sodium Alginate–Treated Cohesive Soils for Pavement Applications” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 31(1), 04018361. 12. Kavazanjian, E., Wu, X., Arab, M. G., & Matasovic, N. (2018) “Development of a numerical model for performance-based design of geosynthetic liner systems” Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 46(2), 166-182.‏ (This paper received the 2018 Best Paper Award “Honorable Mention” by the geotextiles and geomembranes editorial board)
Active : 1- Student Name: Nourhan Sheleh, Thesis title: Numerical Investigation of Suction Caissons for Offshore Applications” University of Sharjah. University: University of Sharjah, UAE 2- Student Name: Mohamed Esam, Thesis title: Dynamic Cone penetrometer correlations with other penetrating field testing University: Mansoura University, Egypt. 3- Student Name: Omar Adel Mostafa (U19104073) Thesis title: 3D Finite Element Modeling of Suction Caissons used as Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines in Clayey Soils University: University of Sharjah, UAE. 4- Student Name: Abdalla Y. lmarzooqi (U19102452), Thesis title: Assessment of Recycled Concrete Aggregates as Base Materials for Pavement Structures in the UAE University: University of Sharjah, UAE 5- Student Name: Rajaa K. Rammal (U19104269) Thesis title: Employing Alkali-Activated Binders in the Construction of Deep Sand Mixed Columns University: University of Sharjah, UAE 6- Ph.D. Student: Zahra Kamel, Behavior of battered piles” (2018-now) Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, Egypt. 7- Ph.D. Student: Emran Alotaibi, University of Sharjah, UAE. 8- Ph.D. Student: Abdulrahman Metawa, University of Sharjah, UAE.
- Annual Incentive Award for Distinguished Faculty Members in Teaching, University of Sharjah 2018/2019. - Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Development of a numerical model for performance-based design of geosynthetic liner systems” published in Geotextiles and geomembranes 46(2):166-1827 by E. Kavazanjian, X. Wu, M. Arab, N. Matasovic. - Best Paper Award for the paper entitled: "One Phase Soil Bio-Cementation with EICP-Soil Mixing" in the 4th World Congress on Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (CSEE'19) held in Rome, Italy (April 2019). - Mentored 1st place winner team in 7th Undergraduate Research Competition held in Abu Dhabi University (April 2019) with a project entitled “Bio-inspired 3D printed Root-Like anchor systems with application of Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation (EICP) Grouting” - ADSC 2016 Foundation Engineering Faculty workshop Chattanooga USA June 5-10, 2016. - 1st place winning team for the Sharjah Sustainability Award: Applied Scientific Research category (2018) Research entitled: Biopolymer Green Building Blocks - 1st place winning team for the Sharjah Sustainability Award: Applied Scientific Research category (2019) Research entitled: Bio-inspired Honeycomb for Soil Reinforcement.
My enthusiasm for teaching evolved over the years, based on my unique mix of experience between industry and academia. Those experiences have shaped my goals of higher education to be workforce readiness rather than just theoretical content. I developed my teaching material and style to strengthen critical-thinking and complex problem-solving, using real life practice examples. This was achieved in my courses through a balance between the formal lecture format teaching and other unconventional and technology based teaching approaches such as interactive class modules field trips, YouTube videos, invited guest speakers, 3D printing, and software tutorials. Being close to the students age, I make myself approachable and show students a sense of care by appreciating and recognizing the challenges they may face to win their trust and help them explore their potentials. Finally, I strive to integrate these goals with other colleagues towards a civil engineering program that complies with national and international standards.
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