Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo, 1992
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1989
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology,
Bangladesh, 1986


Professor Uddin’s research program focuses on structural safety of bridge and building structure, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites for high performance infrastructure, natural hazard analyses and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Uddin is a leading researcher in the field of disaster resistant panelized construction and worked with the implementation of FRP for hazard resistant structures against earthquake, blast, flood and hurricane loading. Dr. Uddin is currently the PI for three National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research grants: two on natural hazard resistant construction and one on bridge infrastructure safety.

An international collaboration with National University of Ireland and Queens University of UK sponsored by NSF focuses on next generation Bridge Weigh-In-Motion (BWIM) System to effectively manage the nation’s aging bridge infrastructure, and national collaboration with University of Florida and Tuskegee University supported by NSF focuses on flood and hurricane resistant design.  He is an expert in bridge repair and strengthening, and he received funding from Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfusion (VARTM) Technology for repairing and retrofitting of infrastructures, Impact and Feasibility Study of Solutions for Doubling Heavy Vehicles, and Wireless Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) System Incorporated with Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Capability. His major research sponsors include NSF, FHWA, US DOT, ALDOT, and UTCA. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on research projects whose cumulative funding exceeds $6.0 million, and directed numerous Doctoral and Master's theses based on the sponsored research projects.

Dr. Uddin has been actively involved in all aspects of the Department including ABET Assessment and Senior Design Projects.  Dr. Uddin is the author/co-author of 4 books, over 150 publications, and received NSF Grants to organize 1st international workshop on wind storm and Storm Surge Mitigation Construction, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a Faculty Fulbright Scholar, a fellow of ASCE and Chair of the Executive Committee of the ASCE Council on Disaster Reduction Management (CDRM). He is the Engineering Editor of the ASCE Journal of Natural Hazards Review.

Teaching Interest

CE 650/750-Advanced Steel Structure
CE 568/468-Wind and Seismic Load
CE 567/467-Bridge Engineering

CE 499-Senior Design Project
CE 450-Structural Steel Design
CE 360-Structural Analysis
CE 220-Mechanics of Solids

Recent Research Projects as Principal Investigator (PI):

  • National Science Foundation (NSF-CMMI-1100742) (2011-2015): Developing Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (B-WIM) Health Monitoring Systems for Bridge Infrastructure Safety (Internationally collaborative research project with matching funds from Ireland and UK national research agency)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF-CMMI-825938) (2008-2013): Structural Panels for Hazard Resistant Structure
  • National Science Foundation (NSF-CMS-533306)(2005-2010): Multifunctional Composite for Panelized Construction
  • National Science Foundation (NSF-IPW-0419893): International Workshop on Disaster Mitigation Construction
  • National Science Foundation (NSF-CMS-0229631) Novel FRP/Concrete Sandwich Panel for Panelized Construction
  • National Science Foundation (NSF - CMS-0634573): Research Experience for Undergraduates in Disaster Mitigation ConstructionUSDOT NCTSPM 2013-046: Bridge Rail Design Procedures 
  • USDOT NCTSPM 2013‐010: Field Validation of a Drive‐By Bridge Inspection System with Wireless BWIM + NDE Devices
  • USDOT STRIDE 2012-0365: Consequence Based Route Selection for Hazardous Material Cargo
  • US DOT NCTSPM 2012-060: Impact and Feasibility Study of Solutions for Doubling Heavy Vehicles
  • US DOT NCTSPM 2012-007: Next-Generation Wireless Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) System Incorporated with Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Capability for Transportation Infrastructure Safety
  • US DOT: Multifunctional Composite Materials for CMV and Infrastructure Applications
  • US DOT/UTCA: Use of Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) Data for Site-specific LRFR Bridge Rating
  • US DOT/UTCA: Design of Low Cost Thermoplastic Bridge Superstructure
  • NCC/USDOT/Washington DC DOT: Anacostia River walk Trail Thermoplastic Composite Bridge Project
  • US DOT/UTCA: Bridge Weigh-in-Motion (B-WIM) System Testing and Evaluation (Co-PI)
  • Alabama DOT: Cost Effective VART Technology for Bridge Repair and Strengthening (Phase I, Phase II, Phase III).
  • Alabama DOT: Assessment of Long-time Behavior for Bridge Girders Retrofitted with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Using Accelerated-time Concepts
  • Alabama DOT: Demonstration of Cost-effective and durable FRP technology to repair/retrofit and to reduce vulnerability of the critical bridges
  • Alabama DOT: Vulnerability Reduction for Bridge Structures.

Recent Publications (2010-2013)

1. Seismic Hazard Design Issues in the Central United States (ed. Uddin), (New York: ASCE, in press); ASCE Council for Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) Publication (2013).
2. Developments in Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites for Civil Engineering (London: Woodhead Publishing, 2013), (ed. Uddin); ASCE Council for Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) Publication: ISBN 0 85709 234 0; May 2013; 560 pages 234 x 156mm hardback; £170.00 / US$290.00 / €205.00
3. Blast Protection of Infrastructures and Vehicles Using Composites (ed. Uddin), (London: Woodhead Publishing, 2010): ISBN 1 84569 399 X; ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 399 2 March 2010 448 pages.
4. Disaster Risk Assessment and Mitigation, (ed. Uddin with Ang), (New York: ASCE, 2008) ISBN 9 78078 4410127, December 2008 paperback, 110 pages.
5. Wind storm and Storm Surge Mitigation Construction (ed. Uddin), (New York: ASCE, 2010) ISBN 978-0-7844-1081-3, 2010, 164 pp.
6. Quantitative Risk Assessment for Natural Hazards (ed. Uddin with Ang), (New York: ASCE, 1020) SBN 978-078441153-7, June 2011, Paperback 88 pages.

Selected Publications 2010-2013 (*papers published with one or more of my graduate students):

*Zhao, H. and Uddin, N. (2013) "Identification of Vehicular Axle Weights with a BWIM System Considering Transverse Distribution of Wheel Loads"; ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, accepted for publication.

*Zhao, Z. and Uddin, N. (2013) “Determination of Dynamic Amplification Factors Using Site-Specific B-WIM Data” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 19, No. 1, January 1, 2014.

*Zhao, Z. and Uddin, N. (2013) “Field Calibrated Simulation Model to Perform Bridge Safety Analyses against Extreme Events’, Journal of Engineering Structures, 56 (2013) 2253–2262.

*Ramos, L. and Uddin, N. (2013) “Benefits of Grooving on Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) FRP Wet-Out of RC Beams” ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Volume 17, Number 5, 636-641.

*Mousa. M. and Uddin, N. (2012) “Response of Hybrid Sandwich Structures under Low Velocity Impact (LVI)”; ACI Materials Journal (accepted for publication).
*Mousa, M. and Uddin, N. (2012) “Performance of Composite Structural Insulated Panels (CSIPs) after Exposure to Floodwater” ASCE Journal of Performance for Constructed facilities, Vol. 27, No. 4, August 2013.

Uddin, N. (2012) “Geotechnical Issues in the Creation of Underground Reservoirs for Massive Energy Storage”, IEEE Journal Special Issue: Addressing the intermittency      challenge: Massive energy storage in a sustainable future", (invited paper); Vol. 100, No. 2, February 2012.

*Mousa. M. and Uddin, N. (2012) “Structural Behavior and Modeling of Full-Scale Composite Structural Insulated Wall Panels” Journal of Engineering Structures, Vol. 41, pp. 320–334.

*Mousa. M. and Uddin, N. (2011) “Flexural Behavior of Full-Scale Composite Structural Insulated Floor Panels” Journal of Advanced Composite Materials, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 547-567, 2011.

*Kalyankar, R. R., and Uddin, N. (2011) “Structural  Characterization of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymeric (NFRP) Laminates for Building Construction”, Journal of Polymers and the Environment, Volume 20, Issue 1, March 2012, P. 224-229

*Uddin, N. and Kalyankar. R. and (2011) “Manufacturing and Structural Feasibility of Natural Fiber Reinforced  Polymeric Structural Insulated Panels (NSIPs) for Panelized Construction”, International Journal of  Polymer Science, Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 963549, 7 pages; doi:10.1155/2011/963549

*Mousa. M. and Uddin, N. (2011) “Global Buckling of Composite Structural Insulated Wall Panels” Journal of Materials and Design, volume 32, issue 2, year 2011, pp. 766 - 772

*Kalyankar. R. and Uddin, N. (2010) “Structural Characterization of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymeric Structural Insulated Panels (NSIPs) for Panelized Construction”, Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, volume 30, issue 11, year 2011, pp. 988 – 994.

*Mousa, M. and Uddin, N. (2010) “Debonding of Composites Structural Insulated Sandwich Panels” Journal of reinforced plastics and composites, Vol. 29, No. 22, pp. 3380-3391.

*Vaidya, A., Uddin, N. and Vaidya, U. 2010. “Design and Analysis of Composite Structural Insulated Panels (CSIPs) for Exterior Wall Applications”, Journal of Composites for Construction, ASCE, 28(13):1587‐1600

*Vaidya, A., Uddin, N. and Vaidya, U. 2010. “Vibration Response of 3-D Space Accessible Sandwich Composite”, Journal of Reinforced Plastic and Composites (JRPC), 28(13):1587-1600

*Mousa, M., and Uddin, N. 2010. “ Experimental and Analytical Study of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) /Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Sandwich Panels”, ”, Journal of Engineering structures, 31 (10): 2337-2344

*Uddin, N, and Abro, A. M. 2010. “Manufacturing and Design of Low Cost Thermoplastic Composite Bridge Superstructure”, Journal of Engineering structures, 30 (5): 1386–1395.


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