I joined the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University in July 2022 as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. I received my BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Sharjah and my PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke as a Vanier Scholar. Prior to joining McMaster, I was a Lecturer at the University of Sherbrooke and an FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellow at Laval University’s Laboratory of Nano- and Micromechanics.
I work on material-oriented integrated design of concrete structures with a particular focus on novel solutions in cement and concrete composites to support infrastructure sustainability, durability, and resilience. I employ a blend of experimental and numerical tools to address a variety of challenges including:
Development of ecological cost-effective high-performance cement composites
Controlling the volumetric instability of ultra-high-performance concrete
Development of strain-hardening cementitious composites with controlled crack width
Innovative repair solutions for aging concrete infrastructure
Smart cement composites for sustainable and resilient concrete infrastructure
Trained and certified in the Pedagogy of Higher Education, I also have keen interest in Engineering Education, particularly in active-pedagogies, innovation in higher education, curricular reforms, and accreditation of academic programs.