Chair and University Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. He is also director of Lawrence Tech’s Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR). Grace is best known for his research on extending the lifespan and reducing the maintenance costs of bridges by replacing steel components with noncorrosive carbon, glass, and aramid fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP, GFRP, AFRP) materials and other advanced composites. CIMR researchers are collaborating with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to design, test, and evaluate advanced carbon fiber materials that can reduce the weight of military vehicles and body armor while providing greater protection and durability. Grace has three patents and two more pending related to the use of composites in infrastructures and armor. In the past 10 years he has won more than 30 research grants and contracts totaling more than $11 million. Grace earned a master’s degree and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Windsor and has published more than 100 articles in scholarly publications.