Dr Mohamed Shahin is an Associate Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Curtin University, Australia. He obtained his BSc and MSc from Cairo University, Egypt, and his PhD from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has over 25 years of academic and industrial experience with research interests related to Computational Geomechanics, Ground Improvement and Railway Track Geo-technology. He published over 140 peer-reviewed research papers, most of which in top-tier journals. He currently serves as Associate Editor for the Australian Journal of Civil Engineering, Board Member for the Australian Geomechanics Society (Western Australia Chapter) and Associate Director for Western Australia, American Society of Civil Engineers (Australia Section). He is also Fellow Member, Chartered Professional and National Engineering Register of Engineers Australia, and Fellow Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He received several research awards, including the 2013 Prix R.M. Quigley Award (honourable mention) from the Canadian Geotechnical Society and the 2018 Fredlund Award from the Canadian Science Publishing. He also received several teaching awards, including the 2011 & 2016 Vice-Chancellor Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching from Curtin University, Australia.

Professor Abdoun is the Thomas Iovino Chair Professor and Director, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Geo-Centrifuge Center. He received several awards from professional societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) “Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Excellence in Research Prize”, the US Army “Commander’s Award for Public Service with accompanying medal”, and “Shamsher Prakash International Research Award” for young engineers, scientists and researchers. He is also the recipient of several educational societies, including the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) north region “Outstanding Teaching Award”, the “Wharton QS-Stars Reimagine Education Bronze Award”, and Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society “Excellence in Teaching Award”; for the successful development & implementation of web-based education tools and mixed reality educational games in the undergraduate engineering education at several USA campuses. He authored or co-authored over 200 technical publications. His research interests cover geotechnical engineering, Advanced Field Monitoring, Centrifuge & Full-scale Testing, Soil-Structure Interaction, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Satellite Based InSAR Remote sensing, Modeling of Blast loading & Hurricane loading, and offshore systems. He served as chair or member of national and international professional committees of major projects associated with tunnels, dams, levees, and pipelines.

Recipient of the Geoffrey Meyerhof Award for contributions to the art and science of Foundation Engineering. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineering, Editor of the ASCE Manuals of Engineering Practice, Associate Editor for the International Journal for Housing Science, Published over 200 papers in the field of foundation engineering, Participated in preparing design manuals in Canada and USA.

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