Dr. Bassem Andrawes is an Associate Professor and Excellence Faculty Fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2005), an MSc. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University (2001), and a BSc. Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University (1996). Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Professor Andrawes was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California Irvine and a Design Engineer at Englekirk partners Consulting Structural Engineers in Santa Ana, California. Dr. Andrawes is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI).