Ali Abolmaali (hn2024)

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Title: Dean
Unit: Deans Office Engineering
Department: College of Engineering

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College of Engineering

Phone: 313-577-3776
Title: Dean, College of Engineering

Prior to becoming dean of the College of Engineering at Wayne State University in 2022, Ali Abolmaali served as chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) for 10 years. He is also a Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor in Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics, the founding director of UTA Center for Structural Engineering Research, and the professor-in-charge of the Structural Simulation Laboratory at UTA.

Abolmaali has extensive research experience in computational structural engineering and full-scale structural testing of civil, aerospace and underground structural systems, including research in fluid-structure interaction problems and biomechanics. He has conducted several high-profile failure investigation research projects for the National Transportation Safety Board. Examples include the Boston tunnel collapse (Big Dig tunnel), Minneapolis bridge collapse and Big Springs, Nebraska, bridge collapse. As a principal investigator, he has secured more than $38 million in development and research funds from local, state, and federal agencies and corporations.

  • Ph.D., structural mechanics and engineering, University of Oklahoma (1999)
  • M.S., structural engineering and structural mechanics, University of Oklahoma (1984)
  • B.S., civil engineering, University of Oklahoma (1980)
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