Professor Surendra P. Shah is a Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil En-gineering and was the founding director of the pioneering National Science Founda-tion Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include: fracture, fiber reinforced composites, nonde-structive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology, and use of solid waste materials. He has co-authored two books: Fiber Reinforced Cement Based Composites and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. He has published more than 500 journal articles and edited more than 20 books. He is past editor of RILEM's journal, Materials and Structures.
Professor Shah is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering AND also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is the only civil engineer who is a member of these three acad-emies. He has received many awards, including the Swedish Concrete Award, American Concrete Institute's Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thomp-son Award, American Society of Civil Engineer's Charles Pankow Award, and En-gineering News Record News Maker Award. He was named one of the ten most influential people in concrete by Concrete Construction Magazine. Recently, he spent time at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras as an Honorary Professor under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. He is an honorary member of American Concrete Institute and RILEM (based in Paris).
Besides teaching at Northwestern, Professor Shah has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sydney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt University, La-boratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, University of Houston, IIT Bom-bay, and IIT Madras. Currently, he is a member of the Institute of Advanced Stud-ies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also honorary pro-fessor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dalian Maritime University, Nanjing Technical University, and South East University, Nanjing, China.
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