Rensselaer Professor Tarek Abdoun Wins ASCE Huber Award
Tarek Abdoun, associate professor of
civil and environmental engineering and associate
director of Rensselaer’s Center for Earthquake
Engineering Simulation (CEES).
Rensselaer Associate Professor Tarek Abdoun has received the
2009 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The prestigious award cites Abdoun’s “significant
contributions to the study of soil and soil-structure systems
subjected to extreme events using centrifuge modeling and
advanced instrumentation,” and commends his “innovative and
highly creative” research.
“Professor Abdoun’s accomplishments, and the respect he’s
earned from his peers around the world, speak for themselves,”
said Ricardo Dobry, director of Rensselaer’s Center for
Earthquake Engineering Simulation (CEES). “We applaud Tarek’s
accomplishments, and we congratulate him for winning the ASCE
Abdoun, an associate professor in the Department of Civil
and Environmental Engineering and associate director of CEES,
received the award last month at the International Foundations
Congress and Equipment Expo ’09 in Orlando, Fla.
“Tarek’s achievements make all of us proud in different
ways,” said Jose Holguin-Veras, professor and acting head of
Rensselaer’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
“As both a Rensselaer alumnus and a faculty member, his
achievements raise the stature of our department as an
educational and a research institution.”
His primary research interests include centrifuge modeling,
soil-structure interaction, soil remediation, field advanced
sensing, and data visualization. Abdoun led Rensselaer’s
physical modeling research team that clarified the failure
mechanisms of some of the New Orleans levees during Hurricane
Katrina, providing critical feedback to the corresponding
numerical analyses. He has performed hundreds of modeling tests
using Rensselaer’s 150 g-ton geotechnical centrifuge to study
the resilience and sustainability of national
In 2007, Abdoun received the Shamsher Prakash Research Award
for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering from
the Shamsher Prakash Foundation. That year he also received the
Commander’s Award for Public Service with accompanying medal
from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This medal, one of the
highest awards given to civilians by the Army, was for his
outstanding contributions to the rebuilding of the New Orleans
levees ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Abdoun received Rensselaer’s 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008
School of Engineering Excellence in Research & Teaching
Award, as well as a Rensselaer Early Career Award in May 2007.
He also received the 2004 Casimir Gzowski Medal from the
Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
Abdoun received his master’s and doctoral degrees in
geotechnical engineering from Rensselaer.
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