Title: Dean, College of Information Technology and Engineering
Company: Marshall University
Location: Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Wael Zatar, Dean of the College of Information Technology and Engineering at Marshall University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil engineering.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Zatar has explored and educated on the field of civil engineering. He became interested in this line due to his father, who was a building project manager. He first pursued his own interests by earning a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Cairo University in 1990 and continued at the institution to receive an MSCE in 1994. He later earned a DEng in civil engineering at Saitama University in 1994. Dr. Zatar spent the first six years of his career garnering experience in the field. He first worked as a design engineer at Dars Consultant and Engineers and then in a similar role for the Ferrometalco International Company. At this point in his career, Dr. Zatar felt satisfied with his work in the field and decided to become an educator to share his passion and knowledge. Guided by his belief that innovation in modern society benefits society with safety and sustainability, he has imparted this notion to generations of students.
In 1996, Dr. Zatar began his foray into academia as a research and teaching assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering at Saitama University. Simultaneously studying at the institution, it was upon his graduation that he became a faculty fellow. He remained in this role until 2001. That year, Dr. Zatar relocated to the United States and started a visiting professorship position with the University of Kentucky. He remained in this position for three years, then joining the faculty at West Virginia University Institute of Technology as a professor of civil engineering. He has remained a part of this community, as well as a professor and dean of Marshall University. He first joined Marshall University in 2006 and landed the appointment of dean in 2011.
Dr. Zatar considers the highlight of his career this far to be receiving the Precast Prestressed Concrete Award. It’s the highest award given by the organization and it is only given once a year to individuals across the world. In addition, meeting his wife and having his children have been the greatest highlights of his life. His career achievements also include the invention of prestressing concrete bridge piers in mitigation of seismic damage, the development of health monitoring of structures, being the first to strengthen viaduct structures for enhanced seismic behavior and being the first to navigate inelastic behavior of girders of viaduct structures. Dr. Zatar was also the first to strut and tie models for continuous concrete structures and has contributed research in seismic ranking of bridges in the US; research in application of fiber-reinforced polymers to bridges; research in ductile behavior of structures; research in evaluation of infrastructures in seismic regions and contributions to development of controlled cracking of bridge deck.
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