Built Environment Work Group Leader

Dr. Fouad H. Fouad is Professor Emeritus and Chair Emeritus of the UAB Civil Engineering Department at the University and Director Emeritus of the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center

Fouad H. FouadDr. Fouad is a fellow of both the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His research interest lies in sustainable infrastructure design, maintenance, and rehabilitation with a focus on reinforced concrete, steel structures, and sustainable construction materials. While at UAB, he secured over $20M in externally funded research studies, which led to the development of national standards and specifications for a number of sustainable green concrete products and building systems. Fouad founded the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center, serving as its first director until 2021. The center has been active in different areas of research and education and its annual symposium attracted speakers and attendees from all over the world.

Fouad has been leading the Built Environment Team of the UAB Grand Challenge since 2020, a major initiative undertaken by UAB that promotes health through neighborhood revitalization efforts in Alabama. He and his team develop improvement plans that are implemented through partnering with local governments and the public and private sectors. Dr. Fouad currently chairs the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) committee on Prestressed Concrete Poles and the American Society for Testing Materials’ (ASTM) committee on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. He is the past chair of ACI committee on Cellular Concrete. Fouad has contributed to the scientific literature with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has received several prestigious awards recognizing his professional services in the civil engineering field.