• Basha, Hisham

    Dr. Basha, Hisham

    Dean and Professor of College of Engineering
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    bashahs@rhu.edu.lb

    Biography

    Hisham S. Basha is Dean of College of Engineering, and a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rafik Hariri University (RHU) since September 2015.  Prof. Basha has obtained his BE degree from Beirut Arab University in 1987, and earned his MS (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in Civil Engineering (Structures) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Following his post-doctorate appointment (1994-1995) at the University of Michigan where he developed a novel seismic resistant structural system, Special Truss Moment Frames (STMF), approved by ICBO and included the Uniform Building Code, UBC 1996, Dr. Basha joint Hart Consultant Group, in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California as a senior consultant engineer until September 1996, after which he devoted his career to teaching and research at Beirut Arab University for 19 years before joining RHU. Dr. Basha spent a six-month sabbatical leave (1999) in University of Michigan as a Visiting Research Professor where he was involved in conducting further research.

    Professor Basha’s research studies have led to numerous publications in technical journals and symposia proceedings worldwide. He supervised and served on defense jury of several MS and Ph.D. students at BAU and AUB.

    Prior to joining RHU, Professor Basha has been Chairman and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at BAU, and a senior Lecturer at the American University of Beirut since 2004.  He taught undergraduate and graduate courses on analysis of structures, mechanics of materials, in-elastic analysis of structures, and earthquake engineering.

     

    Education

    • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Structures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA – Sept 1994.
    • MS Civil Engineering, Structures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA - May 1990.
    • B.E. Civil Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon - June 1987.

     

    Professional Interests

    • Structural analysis and behavior,
    • Analysis and design of steel structures,
    • Seismic analysis,
    • In-elastic behavior of structures, and
    • Analysis of tall buildings.

     

    Honors & Awards

    • Grade distinction for five years. Graduated with “Degree of Honor”.
    • Ranked first among 340 civil engineering students, scholarship earned from BAU.
    • International Conference of Building Official- ICBO acknowledgement for developing of STMF in the Uniform Building Code (UBC-1997) Provisions.
    • Recognition for Post-doctoral research achievements from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA 1996.
    • Scholarship from the Hariri Foundation for graduate studies.
    • Block grant – University of Michigan
    • Member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
    • Member of the Lebanese Syndicate of Engineering.
    • Served as member of the Capitol Exquisiteness Committee – Municipality of Beirut.
    • Member of the Beirut Arab University Alumni Society.
    • Member of the Hariri Alumni Association.

     

    Academic & Teaching Experience

    Sept. 2015 – Present         Dean & Professor:  College of Engineering, Rafik Hariri University, Mechref –Damour,  Lebanon.

    Sept. 2012 – Aug.2015     Chairman & Professor:  Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Beirut – Lebanon.

    Sept. 2004 – Aug. 2015    Part-time Senior Lecturer:  American University of Beirut, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering.  Beirut - Lebanon.

    Jan. 2011 – Aug. 2012       Professor:  Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering - Structures.  Beirut - Lebanon.

    Dec. 2004 – Dec.2010       Associate Professor:  Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering-Structures. Beirut - Lebanon.

    Sep. 1996 - Dec.2004        Assistant Professor:  Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering - Structures.  Beirut - Lebanon.

     

    Publications

    • Machaka, M., Basha, H., and ElKordi, A., “The Effect of Using Fan Palm Natural Fibers on the Mechanical Properties and Durability of Concrete”, International Conference on Material Science and Engineering-ICMSE 2014), paper ICMSE2014-2-008, pp. 76-80, Chennai, India, March 17-18, 2014.
    • Machaka, M., Basha, H., Abou Chakra, H., and ElKordi, A., “Alkali Treatment of Fan Palm Natural Fibers for Use in Fiber Reinforced Concrete”, European Scientific Journal, Vol. 10, No. 12, 186-195, ISSN. 1857-7881, April, 2014.
    • Basha H., Temsah, Y.A., Masri, A.C.,and Mashaka, M.M.,“Optimization of Wall-Frame Resisting System in Buildings Subjected to Seismic Loads”, Seventh Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, 7AICSGE, ST121-ST138, 27 th-29th December 2010, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • Hamad, B., Masri, A., Basha, H., and Baalbaki, O., “Behavior of T-shaped Reinforced ConcreteBeams Partially Confined by Structural Steel”, Journal of Construction and Building Materials, ELSEVIER, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp. 1037-1043, February 2011.
    • Baalbaki, O.M., Masri, A.C. Basha H. ,“Experimental Evaluation of the Flexuaral Behaviour of Encased Steel Joists”, Seventh Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, 7AICSGE, MS37-MS48, 27th-29th December 2010, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • Basha H., “Finite Element Modeling of Axially Loaded Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes”, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Computing. Funchal, Madeira Island Sept. 2009. Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
    • Basha H., “Inelastic Dynamic Response of Reinforced Concrete Buildings under Seismic Forces”, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Computing. Funchal, Madeira Island Sept. 2009. Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
    • Timsah, Y.A., Basha H.S., and El Souri A., “Softening of Joints in Reinforced Concrete Structures: A Non-Linear Dynamic Approach”, Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Computing. Funchal, Madeira Island Sept. 2009. Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
    • Basha, S., “Architectural Considerations for Buildings Prone to Earthquake Excitations”, The 16th International Conference of the Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science, Beirut Arab University-Beirut, Lebanon, 13th-15th November, 2009.
    • Basha, H.S., Masri, A.C., and Sabra, M. A. " Behavior of Axially Loaded Concrete-Filled Steel Tubes", American Concrete Institute – Kuwait Chapter – Proceedings of the ACI-KC 2nd International Conference, Design and Sustainability of Structural Concrete in the Middle East; with emphasis on High Rise Buildings – pp. 125-136- March 12-14, 2007 - Kuwait
    • Masri, A.C., Basha, H.S., and Mousa, Z.M. "Response of Upgraded Reinforced Concrete Buildings to Lateral Loads", American Concrete Institute – Proceedings of the ACI-KC 2nd International Conference, Design and Sustainability of Structural Concrete in the Middle East; with emphasis on High Rise Buildings - 77-87- March 12-14, 2007– pp. 77-87 Kuwait
    • Masri, A.C., Basha, H.S., and Baalbaki, O. " Behavior of Strengthened RC Beams under Monotonic Bending", Proceedings of the International Conference on Civil Engineering Infrastructural Systems (CEIS-2006) - American University of Beirut- Lebanon, June 12-14, 2006 – Beirut- Lebanon.
    • Basha, H.S., Itani, M., Masri, A., and Timsah, Y. “Behavior of Typical Reinforced Concrete Buildings Under Earthquake Forces”, 5th Structural Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - CSCE 2004, 32nd annual Conference, ST(2)1-ST(2)10, 2-5 June 2004, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA.
    • Basha, H.S., “Soft-Story in Buildings Subjected to Earthquake Excitations”, 5th Structural Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - CSCE 2004, 32nd annual Conference, ST(3)1-ST(3)10, 2-5 June 2004, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA
    • Masri, A., Basha, H., and Timsah, Y., “Dynamic Behavior of Low-Rise Suspended Steel Building Subjected to Time-History Analysis”, 5th Alexandria International Conference on Structural & Geotechnical Engineering, AICSGE, December 2003, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • Timsah, Y., Masri, A., and Basha, H., “Numerical Simulation of the Structural Behavior of Damages Reinforced Concrete Building”, 5th Alexandria International Conference on Structural & Geotechnical Engineering, AICSGE, December 2003, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • Basha, H.S. and Masri, A.C. “Structural Modeling for Analysis of Ductile Truss Moment Frames”, International conference on “Research Trends in Science and Technology”, RTST 4-6 March 2002, Lebanese American University.
    • Masri, A.C. and Basha, H.S. “Dynamics Response of Reinforced Concrete Buildings Retrofitted by Structural Steel”, International Conferences on “Research Trends in Science and Technology”, RTST 4-6 March 2002, Lebanese American University.
    • Masri, A.C. and Basha, H.S. “Upgrading Techniques for Existing Reinforced Concrete Buildings”, Third Jordanian International Conference in Civil Engineering, 29-31 October 2001, Amman, Jordan.
    • Basha, H.S., “Non-linear Analysis of Structures under Monotonic and Cyclic Load Reversals”, Fourth Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Goetechnical Engineering’ AICSGE, 2-4 April 2001, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • Masri, A.C., and Basha, H.S.,”Strategic Engineering Decisions for the Reconstruction of South Lebanon”, South Lebanon: Urban Challenges in the Era of Liberation, Faculty of Architecture, 3-6 April 2001, BAU, Lebanon.
    • Basha, H.S. and Masri, A.C. "Seismic Analysis of Double-Deck Steel Bridges", Bridge Engineering Conference 2000, Egyptian Society of Engineers, ESE, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt, 26-30th March 2000.
    • Goel, S.C., Basha, H.S., and Rai, D.C. "Special Truss Moment Frames: Design Guide", Research Report No. [UMCEE 98-44], University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1998.
    • Basha, H.S. and Goel, S.C. "Ductile Truss Moment Frames: A Novel Seismic Resistant System", Proceedings of the International Conference on Rehabilitation and Development of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Systems, American University of Beirut - Lebanon, pp. 1246-1257, June 9-11, 1997.
    • Basha, H.S. and Goel, S.C., "Ductile Truss Moment Frames", Proceedings of the Los Angeles Tall Building Conference, Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, Los Angeles, California, 10th May 1996.
    • Goel, S.C. and Basha, H.S., "Seismic Resistant Truss Moment Frames with Ductile Vierendeel Segment", Proceedings of the Eleventh World Conference on Earthquake Engineering- 11WCEE, Acapulco-Mexico, 23-28th June 1996.
    • Basha, H.S. and Goel, S.C., “Special Truss Moment Frames with Vierendeel Middle Panel”, Journal of Engineering Structures – Special Issue on “Recent Developments on Seismic Resistant Structural Systems and Components”, Butterworth Heinemann, England, Volume 17(5), pp. 352-358, 1995.
    • Basha, H.S. and Goel, S.C., "Seismic Resistant Truss Moment Frames with Ductile Vierendeel Segment", Research Report No. 94-29, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994.
    • Basha, H.S., “Special Truss Moment Frames”, AL-Mouhandess Journal, Syndicate of Engineering, Beirut-Lebanon, pp. 68-80, Issue No. 2, December 1993.

     

    Conferences & Seminars

    • American Society of Civil Engineering Structures Congress. Organized by the American Society of Civil Engineering, ASCE, 24-28th April 1994, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
    • Eleventh World Conference on Earthquake Engineering- 11WCEE. Organized by International Association for Earthquake Engineering, June 23-28, 1996, Acapulco-Mexico.
    • 1996 Annual Conference of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute EERI, February 7-10, 1996, Los Angeles California. Conference Topic “Enduring Lessons from Earthquakes”.
    • Los Angeles Tall Buildings Structural Design Council, 1996 Annual Meeting, Friday, May 10th, 1996, Los Angeles Omni Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
    • Seminar on “Earthquake & Seismic Activities in Lebanon and the region”, Organized by Order of Engineers & Architects, Al-Naoura Resort Hotel, Tripoli – Lebanon, May 3rd, 1997.
    • Seminar on “Seismic Analysis and Design”, Organized by the Faculty of Engineering, Beirut Arab University, June 4th, 1997.
    • Seminars on “Development of Educational Skills for Professors in Arab Universities”, Organized by Arab Network for Skills Development ANSD and Beirut Arab University BAU, March 16-19th, 1998.
    • 5th Structural Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering - CSCE 2004, 32nd annual Conference, 2-5 June 2004, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA.
    • The International Conference on Rehabilitation and Development of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Systems, 9-11th June 1997, American University of Beirut - Lebanon.
    • Bridge Engineering Conference, Egyptian Society of Engineers, ESE 2000, 26-30th March 2000, Sharm El-Sheikh, Sinai, Egypt.
    • 4th Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, 4 AICSGE. 2-4th April 2001, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • “South Lebanon: Urban Challenge in the Era of Liberation” Conference, April 2001, Beirut-Lebanon.
    • 3rd Jordanian International Conference in Civil Engineering, 29-31st October 2001, Amman, Jordan.
    • International Conference on Research Trends in Science and Technology, 4-6th March 2002, Beirut and Byblos, Lebanon.
    • 5th Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, 5 AICSGE. December 2003, Alexandria, Egypt.
    • International Conference on Civil Engineering Infrastructural Systems (CEIS-2006)- American University of Beirut 12-14th June 2006, Beirut- Lebanon.
    • American Concrete Institute, ACI-KC 2nd International Conference, Design and Sustainability of Structural Concrete in the Middle East; with emphasis on High Rise Buildings 12-14th March 2007,
    • The Twelfth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. 2009, Madeira Island, Portugal.
    • 7th Alexandria International Conference on Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, 7AICSGE. 27-29th December 2010, Alexandria, Egypt.

     

    Practical Experience

    More than 20 major projects in the field of Structures and Civil Engineering works in the USA as well as in Lebanon, among which are:

    • KAISER-PERMANENTE MEDICAL CENTERS – Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Seismic risk analysis for five major medical centers in the Los-Angeles area, for a major hospital chain. (1996)

    • AMGEN Buildings – Santa Monica, California, USA

    Seismic analysis and design of the AMGEN Buildings in southern California. Preparation of a computer model simulating response of the system (1996).

    • High-rise complex buildings in Sherman Oaks, California, USA

    Non-linear dynamic analysis of Reinforced concrete High-rise complex buildings in Sherman Oaks, California. (1995).

    • 200 Residential Units Complex- San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, USA.

                       Assessment of the earthquake damages of over 200 residential units in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. (1995)

    • Barbeer Major Hospital- Beirut, Lebanon

    Structural assessment of the Barbeer Major Hospital, Beirut – Lebanon. (1998-1999).

    • Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Bridges - Lebanese coast

    Structural assessment and damage evaluation of 42 steel and reinforced concrete bridges along the northern Lebanese coast. (2001)

    • Park-View Hotel - Beirut District - Solidere

    Dynamic analysis of the Park-View Hotel located in central Beirut District - Solidere. (2003)

    • Beirut Arab University Main Building Appraisal

    Appraisal of the structural system of Beirut Arab University main building, and study the feasibility of constructing additional stories. (2000-2002)

    • Beirut Suburb Assessment

    Assessment of over 20 buildings Damaged at Beirut suburb during Israel assault of July’06 - 2007.