- Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1996
- M.S., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 1991
- B.S., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 1989
My research explores how buildings and bridges behave under the extreme loading conditions generated by manmade and natural hazards. I am particularly interested in how structural systems respond when subjected to seismic excitation, collision by heavy objects and blast. I am actively investigating how to utilize new materials and technologies to create innovative structural systems that mitigate the potentially catastrophic effects of extreme loading. Much of my research is focused on the computational and theoretical aspects of structural engineering, with particular emphasis on computational simulation, grid computing technology, finite element analysis, constitutive modeling, macro-plasticity formulations, nonlinear solution techniques and visualization methods. My research is sponsored by NSF, FDOT, FEMA, SAC, CSMIP, UCF, CATS, UM and the Nippon Steel Corporation.
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Managing Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Structural Engineering. Member of several technical committees within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES).
- Antoine E. Naaman Collegiate Professorship, 2018
- Richard R. Torrens Award, 2013
- Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2010
- Moisseiff Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2008.
- Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2007.
- Arthur M. Wellington Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers 2006.
- Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan 2006.
- Best Paper Award (with Vineet Kamat), Construction Research Congress 2005, American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Outstanding Achievement Award, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, April 2005.
- Chi Epsilon “James M. Robbins” Excellence in Teaching Award for the Great Lakes District, 2005.
- Norman Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2002.
- TIP Teaching Award, State University System of Florida, 2000.
- Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Engineering, University of Central Florida., 1999.
- Josephine de Kármán Fellow, 1996.
- Spacone, E. and El-Tawil, S. (2004), “State-of-the-Art in Nonlinear Analysis of Composite Systems,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 130, No. 2, pp. 159-168.
- Jin, J. and El-Tawil, S. (2003), “Inelastic Cyclic Plasticity Model for Steel Braces,” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 129(6), pp. 548-557.
- El-Tawil, S., Kuenzli, C. M., and Hassan, M. (2002), “Pushover of Hybrid Coupled Walls. Part I: Design and Modeling,” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 128(10), pp 1221-1231.
- El-Tawil, S. and Okeil, A. M. (2002), “LRFD Flexural Provisions For PSC Bridge Girders Strengthened with CFRP Laminates,” ACI Structural Journal, 99(2), pp. 300-310.
- El-Tawil, S. (2000), “Panel Zone Yielding in Steel Moment Connections,” Engineering Journal, AISC, Vol. 37, No. 3, 3rd Quarter, 2000, pp. 120 – 135.