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* Tarek Abdoun
Abdoun Honored for Earthquake Engineering Research
The Shamsher Prakash Foundation last month honored Rensselaer faculty member Tarek Abdoun for his “ground-shaking” research. Abdoun received the prestigious Shamsher Prakash Research Award for 2008, which is reserved for young scientists who have made significant contributions and show promise of excellence in the fields of geotechnical engineering or geotechnical earthquake engineering.

An associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Abdoun is also associate director of Rensselaer’s Center for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. His primary research interests include centrifuge modeling, soil-structure interaction, soil remediation, field advanced sensing, and data visualization. He has performed and helped other researchers perform hundreds of modeling tests with Rensselaer’s centrifuge.

Abdoun received his master’s degree and doctorate from Rensselaer in 1994 and 1997, respectively. More recently, he led the university’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. The research was widely reported in the media.

Abdoun received Rensselaer’s 2004, 2006, and 2007 School of Engineering Excellence in Research & Teaching Award, as well as the 2004 Casimir Gzowski Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.
The nonprofit Shamsher Prakash Foundation was established in 1988 in India and in 1989 in the
United States.

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