Fouad H. Fouad, Professor and Chair
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University
  • PE in the states of Texas (#55629) and Alabama (#15529)


Dr. Fouad is Professor and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. He teaches and conducts research in the area of reinforced concrete structures and concrete materials, and has published numerous technical papers in the field. His research efforts have led to the development of national standards and specifications for a number of sustainable green concrete products and building systems. Dr. Fouad currently chairs the PCI committee on Prestressed Concrete Poles and the ASTM committee on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete.  He is the past chair of ACI committee on Cellular Concrete and the founding chair of its subcommittee on AAC.  . Dr. Fouad is a fellow of ACI and ASCE and has received a number of prestigious awards due to his professional services in the civil engineering field. Dr. Fouad’s research expertise in green materials and construction methods has a global perspective. He recently held three National Science Foundation (NSF) workshops in Cairo, Egypt (December 2007, March 2009, and June 2012) on Sustainable Green Building design and Construction.  The March 2009 conference was attended by more than 400 scientists, architects, and engineers and included experts from the U.S.A, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Fouad has been working in the area of highway sign and traffic signal supports since for the past 20 years.  As principal investigator on several NCHRP and DOT projects, he led a team of experts from U.S. universities whose efforts culminated in the development of the current, newly and totally revised, AASHTO Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaries, and Traffic Signals.  Continued research efforts in this area resulted in revising the AASHTO Standard Specifications a number of times, and the recent inclusion of fatigue provisions for the design of highway signs and traffic signal support structures.

Honors and Awards

  • The 2009 Engineer of the Year, Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB), February 2010.
  • 2007 Alabama Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) Engineer of Year, 2007.
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Society for Testing and Materials, 2006.
  • 2004 ASPE Circle of Excellence Award for Engineering Educator of the Year, ASPE, 2004
  • Faculty Honor Member of Chi Epsilon 127th Chapter of UAB, 2003
  • Recipient of the 1993 Ellen Greg Ingalls Award – UAB's Highest Honor for Teaching

Recent Publications

  • Fouad, Fouad H. and Detwiler, Rachel J., “High-Strength Materials for Spun Concrete Poles,” Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, PCI Journal, Volume 57, No. 3, Summer 2012, pp. 27-32.
  • Fouad, F., Bettinger, S., Sisiopiku, V., Scarinci, I., and Fouad, M., “Investigation into the Impact of the Built Environment on Obesity in Two Communities,” Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), Multidisciplinary Engineering Division, San Antonio, Texas, June 2012.
  • Shalaby, Ashraf M., Fouad, Fouad H., and Albanese, Ronald, “Strength and Deflection Behavior of Spun Concrete Poles with CFRP Reinforcement,” PCI Journal, Volume 57, No. 2, Spring 2011, pp. 55-77.
  • Hosch, I. E. and Fouad, F. H., “Design Fatigue Load of Sign Support Structures Due to Truck-Induced Wind Gust,” Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2172, TRB, Washington, D.C., 2010, pp. 30 – 37.
  • Hosch, I. and Fouad, F., “Fatigue Design of Sign Support Structures due to Truck-induced Wind Gust,” Proceedings of the The 89th Transportation Research Board, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2010