Surendra Poonamchand Shah

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Title: Presidential Distinguished Professor
Company: University of Texas at Arlington
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Surendra Poonamchand Shah, Presidential Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.

Supported by more than 50 years of experience in academia, Dr. Shah has been serving as a presidential distinguished professor at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2019. A former faculty member of Northwestern University for over two decades, he served the prestigious institution as a Walter P. Murphy professor of civil engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science until attaining emeritus status in 2012. While there, he directed the National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials and was a past director of the Center for Concrete and Geomaterials. Earlier in his career, he served the University of Illinois in Chicago as an assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor of civil engineering between 1966 and 1981.

Dr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Engineering from B.V.M. College in India, a Master of Science from Lehigh University, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University. With research interests including the connection of microscopic behavior to the structural response of concrete, he has notably contributed more than 500 articles to professional journals, edited 20 books, and served on the editorial boards of two international journals. The author or co-author of several books in his field, he was also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Materials and Structures and has co-chaired the International Conference on Nanotechnology Applied to Construction Materials since 2012.

A fellow of the American Concrete Institute, Dr. Shah received from the organization the Anderson Award in 1989 and 1999, Henry Crown Award in 2000, Robert Philbo Award in 2006, and had a symposium named in his honor in 2002. Named one of the 10 Most Influential Persons in the Concrete Industry in 2006, he was also the recipient of the Distinguished U.S. Visiting Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1989 and the Thompson Award from ASTM International in 1983.

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