posted on July 24: Earthquake engineering expert appointed to infrastructure renewal chair


[img_inline align=”right” src=”” caption=”Ahmed Ghobarah”]Ahmed Ghobarah has been appointed to the Joe Ng/JNE Consulting Chair in Design, Construction & Management of Infrastructure Renewal in McMaster's Faculty of Engineering.

Ghobarah has served in the Faculty for 19 years.

Ghobarah has contributed significantly to innovative research into structural strengthening, rehabilitation and upgrading strategies and techniques. He is a recognized world leader in earthquake engineering and design.

“The appointment of Ahmed Ghobarah builds on our current reputation as one of Canada's most research-intensive engineering Faculties,” said Mo Elbestawi, dean of engineering. “I am confident that under the leadership of Dr.Ghobarah, our Faculty will continue to be at the forefront of research in infrastructure renewal.”

After completing his M.Eng. and PhD degrees in civil engineering at McMaster, he worked for 12 years in the international consulting engineering industry before joining the engineering Faculty in 1982.

He has to his credit more than 300 journal publications, conference presentations and industrial research reports.

As the Joe Ng/JNE Consulting Chair, Ghobarah will focus on leading-edge research in design, construction and management of infrastructure renewal.

He will also provide liaison between the consulting engineering sector, government and academia.