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Professor Mahamid elected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, receives Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award

Mustafa Mahamid, a clinical associate professor in CME

Dr. Mustafa Mahamid, a clinical associate professor in CME, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and also received ACI’s Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award.

Members are elected fellows for their outstanding contributions to the production or use of concrete materials, products, and structures in the areas of education, research, development, design, construction, or management. In addition, a fellow must make significant contributions to ACI through committees and/or local chapters.

Mahamid has served as the committee chair of the 421 ACI-ASCE joint committee (Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs), and he is a voting member of the 441 ACI-ASCE joint committee (Columns), the 314 ACI Committee (Simplified Design), and the 315 ACI-CRSI joint committee (Details of Concrete Reinforcement).

Additionally, Mustafa received ACI’s prestigious Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership of Committee 421- Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs.

“I served as an editor for two special publications by the reinforced concrete slabs committee, and served as a chair of task groups that lead to the updates and developments of three design guides for engineers,” he added.

The institute established the Distinguished Service Award in 1969 to recognize noteworthy work on ACI technical committees. The name of the award was changed to the Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award in 1972 in honor of the late Delmar Bloem who had demonstrated, over a period of many years, the characteristics and dedication required for the award. It is given to a current (or recent) chair of a technical committee, or under special circumstances, to deserving individuals other than committee chairs, in recognition of outstanding performance.

The ACI was founded in 1904 and it is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational and training programs, certification programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete. ACI has more than 100 chapters, 215 student chapters, and 30,000 members spanning more than 120 countries.

“Mustafa’s contributions have clearly established himself as a leader in the field,” said Abolfazl Mohammadian, CME department head.

“My contribution and service at ACI is a way of giving back to the profession which allowed me, at the same time, to stay up-to-date with all developments in the field that eventually were brought into my classrooms. I always encouraged my current and former students to get involved for these reasons, which should allow them to be distinguished in their field,” said Mahamid.

Mahamid’s research areas and interest include behavior of steel structures with the focus on steel connections for seismic applications, behavior of concrete structures with the focus on reinforced concrete joints and connections for seismic applications, earthquake resistant design, computations and mechanics, structural mechanics, fire engineering, and building codes and code development. As a practicing structural engineer, he is interested in studying methods and techniques that bridge theory into practice and building information modeling tools in structural engineering.