Hani Nassif, PhD, P.E., F.ACI – Rutgers University


Professor Hani Nassif is currently working in the research area of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Field Testing of Infrastructure facilities with emphasis on railroad as well as highway bridges. Dr. Nassif was also involved in the pioneering work of code calibration for the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (1994) as well as the Ontario Highway Bridge Design Code (OHBDC) and has concluded an NCHRP project for the calibration of AASHTO’s design of concrete bridges at the Serviceability Limit States. He is also an associate director for the newly established Center on Research on Concrete Application for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) that is one of three Tier 1 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) selected to address the U.S.DOT’s strategic goal of State of Good Repair.  He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and past member of its Technical Activity Committee (TAC) and served as the President of the New Jersey ACI Chapter.  He is active in TRB’s committees including Committee on General Structures (AFF10). He also served as the President of the Rutgers’ Chapter of the Scientific Research Society. He is a member of the Engineering Honor Societies Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon. Dr. Nassif has several years of practical experience in the area of structural design and construction.

(a) Professional Preparation / EDUCATION

University of Detroit                            B.S. (Civil & Env. Eng.)                                                     1981

University of Detroit                            M.E. (Civil & Env. Eng.)                                                    1983

University of Michigan                        ITS Graduate Certificate (EE & Comp. Sci.)                     1993

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor      Ph.D. (Structural)                                                              1993


2011-present    Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University, NJ

2004-2011       Associate Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engr, Rutgers University, NJ

1998-2006       Coordinator of Large Scale Evaluation of Infrastructure Transportation Systems,

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers University, NJ

1998-2004       Assistant Professor, Dept of Civil and Environmental Engr, Rutgers University, NJ

1996-1998       Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Villanova

University, Villanova, PA.

1993-1996       Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering and Construction Dept, Bradley University, IL

1989-1992       Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1987-1989       Graduate Fellow, Hariri Foundation Fellowship, Department of Civil & Environmental

Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1986-1986       Project Engineer/Assistant Project Manager, Al-Mabani Contracting Company (ACC)

“Rehabilitation of the Ouzai Coastal Highway,” Beirut, Lebanon.

1985-1985       Project Engineer, “Ghadir pretreatment plant – Beirut and Southern suburbs,” Joint

Venture, NEDECO, Netherlands and Contracting and Engineering Works, Lebanon.

1983-1985       Site Engineer, NEDECO, Netherlands, and Contracting and Engineering Works (CEW),

Lebanon, Joint Venture, “Design and construction of the first sewage treatment plant (Ghadir) for the City of Beirut and its suburbs.”

(c) PUBLICATIONS / TECHNICAL PAPERS (most relevant to proposal)

  1. Beltran, M., and Nassif, H. “Field Monitoring of Rebar Debonding in Concrete Bridge Deck under Traffic-induced Vibrations” Transportation Research Record, Structure, Vol. 2. pp. 32-43, 2014.
  2. Xia, Y., Nassif, H., Hwang, E.S., and Linzell, D., “Optimization of design details in orthotropic steel decks subjected to static and fatigue loads”, Transportation Research Record, Structure, Vol. 1. pp. 14-23, 2013
  3. Albhaisi, S., Nassif, H., and Hwang, E.S., “Effect of substructure stiffness on performance of steel integral abutment bridges under thermal loads”, Transportation Research Record, Structure, pp. 22-32, 2012
  4. Valeo, M. Nassif, H., Issa, L., Capers, H., and Ozbay, K., “Analytic hierarchy process to improve simple bridge security checklist” Transportation Research Record, Structure, pp. 201-207, 2012
  5. Suksawang, N., and Nassif, H., “Impact of adjacent lane traffic on the serviceability of concrete bridge decks” ACI Special Publication SP-284, pp. 1-14, 2011.
  6. Nassif, H., Liu, M., Su, D., and Gindy, M., “Vibration versus deflection control for bridges with high-performance steel girders” Transportation Research Record, Structure, pp. 24-33, 2011.
  7. Nassif, H., Gindy, M., and Davis, J., “Comparison of Laser Doppler Vibrometer with Contact Sensors for Monitoring Bridge Deflection and Vibration,” International Journal of Non-Destructive Testing and Evaluation, 38 (3), 2005, pp. 213-218.


Collaborators: Dr. T. Tsakalakos, Dr. Nawy, Dr. H. Najm, Dr. T. Imielinski (Rutgers University), Dr. K. Ozbay, (NYU), Dr. G. Consolazio, (U. Florida at Gainesville), Dr. E.S. Hwang (Kyunghee U., Korea), Dr. T. Bittencourt (U. of Sao Paulo, Brazil), H. Capers, Jr. (Arora and Assoc., PC), N. Suksawang (Florida Int’l Univ.), Dennis Mertz (U Delaware)

 (e) HONORS AND AWARDS (most recent awards):

  • 2015 Project Award for Rutgers University, Dewberry, and NJTA received for bridge monitoring and research on the “Lewandowski Memorial Hackensack River Bridge,” The 52nd Annual NJ Concrete Award, NJ
  • 2015 keynote speaker, 2nd JCI & ACI Joint Seminar, July, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2014 keynote speaker, IBRACON 56th Brazilian Congress of Concrete, Oct, Natal, Brazil
  • 2014 keynote speaker, 3rd Annual Transportation Infrastructure Conference, Oct, Rolla, MO
  • 2013 Sweet 16 Award for Rutgers University and NJDOT received for role as PI on research entitled “Elimination of Weight Restriction on Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Conrail Line,” The 2013 Research Showcase Implementation Award
  • 2006 Educator of the Year Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), NJ.