Dr. Nabil Grace's specialization is structural engineering. He is the director of the Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR) at Lawrence Technological University, a multimillion dollar facility dedicated in 2008. This dynamic facility offers students a variety of applied research opportunities and, at this time, is primarily devoted to the investigation of the use of composite materials in concrete structural applications and for defense applications.
Dr. Grace's research interests include application of carbon fiber composites to structural engineering, assessment of dynamic behavior of composite automobile components, environmentally dependent behavior of composites, and infrastructure rehabilitation using composite materials. His research activities have attracted some $15 million in private, state, and federal grants, and have been implemented in the design and construction documents for the first CFRP prestressed highway bridge in the United States. Additional highway bridges using these unique solutions are in development.
Dr. Grace received his master's and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and his bachelor's degree from Cairo University.
Dr. Grace joined Lawrence Tech's Department of Civil Engineering in 1988 and was named chair in 2002. In recognition of his outstanding teaching, research, and accomplishments in his field, he was named Lawrence Tech's first university distinguished professor in 2008.
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