Civil and environmental engineering announces three faculty promotions

07/02/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Three Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1, 2018.

Hassan El-Chabib has been promoted to associate teaching professor. El-Chabib has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Basra, a Master of Engineering degree in structures from Northeastern University, a Master of Engineering Science degree in geotechnical/materials from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctorate in structures/materials from the University of Western Ontario. His research interests include concrete technology, rheological and structural behavior of special concretes, sustainability of concrete infrastructures and application of artificial intelligence in modeling the behavior of cement-based materials. He also serves as the faculty adviser of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team and Bridges to Prosperity student chapters.

Thomas J. Skibinski has been promoted to assistant teaching professor. Skibinski has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Penn State and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Scranton. His interests include construction engineering management, project management, ethics, professional practice and professional development. He serves as the adviser of the Penn State ASCE Concrete Canoe Team and as the practitioner adviser to the Penn State Student Chapter of ASCE. Skibinski is also the faculty representative on the Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Society’s board.

Mansour Solaimanian has been promoted to research professor. Solaimanian has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Tehran Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on pavement materials testing and characterization, pavement evaluation, geotechnical testing and engineering. He also serves as the director of the Penn State Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology.

 

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