Hani Nassif

Hani Nassif

Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone:848-445-4414
Fax:732-445-8268
Email:nassif@rci.rutgers.edu
Office:SOE A131
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment
Website: Rutgers Infrastructure Monitoring and Evaluation Group

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.  RE-CAST is a consortium of five universities (Missouri S&T (MO), Rutgers University (NJ), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL), University of Miami (FL) and Southern University (LA).
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 received various awards including the AASHTO’s Research Activities Committee (2013) “Sweet Sixteen”, Project Implementation Award from NJDOT (2013), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Educator of The Year Award (2006) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central New Jersey’s Educator of The Year Award (2005) for excellence in education and his dedication to student learning.  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.
 

Education

B.S. University of Detroit, 1981
M.E. University of Detroit, 1983
ITS Graduate Certificate, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department, University of Michigan, 1993
Ph.D. (Structural) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1993

Honors

• 2013 Research Showcase Implementation Award selected by the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Project titled: Elimination of Weight Restriction on Amtrak, NJ Transit, and Conrail Line, funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation was one of the sixteen projects out of more than 100 that were selected for the 2013 High Value Research Award by the AASHTO RAC. Professor Nassif and NJDOT Research Bureau Project Manager, Ed Kondrath, were formally invited to present this "Sweet Sixteen" project at the 2014 Annual TRB meeting, in Washington, D.C.
• Educator of the Year Award, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), NJ, 2006.
• Project Award for Rutgers, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and NJDOT received for role as PI on smart bridge construction and research on the “Doremus Avenue Bridge Project,” American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), NJ, 2005.
• Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, Elected by the Board of Direction of the American Concrete Institute International, 2005.
• Medallion of Appreciation, presented by the FHWA and NJDOT for organizing the 2nd Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems Workshop, New Brunswick, Sept. 8-10, 2004.
• Educator of the Year Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Central New Jersey Branch, 2003
• Sigma XI, Member of the National Scientific Research Society, 1996-Present
• Student of the Year (1991) Award, Region-V Great Lakes University Transportation Center, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Jan. 1992
• CHI EPSILON, National Civil Engineering Honor Society, University of Michigan, 1990-
• TAU BETA PI, National Engineering Honor Society, University of Detroit, 1982-

Professional Affiliations

Professional Membership
• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1991-present.
• American Concrete Institute (ACI), 1992- present.
• Transportation Research Board (TRB), 1993- present.
• International Association of Bridge Management and Safety (IABMAS), 1999-present.
• Heavy Movable Structures (HMS), 2002-present.
• Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), 2000-present.

Technical Committee Membership

American Concrete Institute (ACI)
• Convention Committee (CC), Member, 2011-Present.
• Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Member, 2006-2012, Chair of TAC’s Task Group on Awards, 2008-2010.
• New Jersey ACI (NJACI) Chapter, Board of Direction, 2005-2012, Vice President, 2009-2012, President, 2012-2013, Past President Board Member, 2014-Present.
• Committee 444 – Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Instrumentation of Concrete Structures, Chairman, 2012-Present.
• Committee 435 – Deflection of Concrete Building Structures, Member, 1995-Present, Secretary, 2003-2008.
• Committee 348 – Structural Safety, Chairman, 1997-2003; Member, 1995-Present.
• Committee 209, Creep and Shrinkage, Secretary, 1995-1999, Member, 1995-Present.
• Joint ASCE-ACI Committee 343, Concrete Bridges, Member (1996-present) and Chairman (1996-2006) of its Bridge Design Sub-Committee.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
• Committee on LRFD, Member, 2003-2006.
• Committee on Safety of Buildings, Member, 1994-1998, 2003-2006.
• Committee on Safety of Bridges, Member 1994-2006, Chair, 2003-2006.

Transportation research Board (TRB)
• Committee AFF10 on General Structures, Member, 2009-present.
• Committee on Dynamic and Field Testing of Bridges, A2C05, and the Chair of its Sub-Committee A-Ongoing Research Projects (2000-2004), Secretary 2003-2006, Member 1995-2006.
• Committee on Seismic Analysis and Design of Bridges, Founding Member, 1996-2005.
• Committee on Mechanical Properties of Concrete, Member, 1998-2010.

Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI)
• Education Committee of the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), Member 2001-present.
• Bridge Committee of the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI), Chair 2009-2013, Member 2001-present.

International Ferrocment Society (IFS)
• Committee for the International Ferrocement Society, Member, 1998- Present, Board Member, 2012-Present.

 

Research Interests

• Structural health monitoring and field testing
• Structural safety and reliability-based design of buildings and bridges
• Finite element modeling and dynamic analysis of bridges
• Use of advanced cementitious composites in infrastructure applications
• Analysis of Structural concrete members with emphasis on the use of unbonded (metallic and non-metallic) tendons
• Self-Consolidating and High-Performance Concrete

Selected Publications

Recent Publications 

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