Nabil F. Grace Ph.D, PE
College of Engineering Dean,
University Distinguished Professor,
Center for Innovative Materials Research
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.
The Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Tech hosted an exchange session on June 14 with 10 delegates from Belarus on the topic of the U.S. nonprofit sector and its relationships with American government agencies related to delivery of social service programs.
Jamie Maclennan, BSME’13, BSPh’13; and Eric Patrick, BSME’13, have been awarded the 2013 Alumni Association Donley Distinguished Graduate Awards. They were selected for academic performance, extracurricular activities, and leadership qualities.
Famed auto executive Bob Lutz returned to Lawrence Tech on June 13 to praise former General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner, not to bury him in the criticism that was highlighted in a recent Detroit News review on Lutz’s new book, “Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership.”
Lawrence Technological University’s robotic vehicle, iWheels, finished sixth in the Auto-Nav Challenge, the main event at the 21th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition held at Oakland University June 7-10. More than 50 teams from around the country and as far away as India and Japan entered the prestigious competition.
Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters (D-MI) received an honorary doctorate of humanities and gave the commencement address when Lawrence Tech’s 81st Commencement Exercises were held on May 11 at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac.
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and the Maua Institute of Technology (IMT) in San Paulo, Brazil, have signed an agreement to bring Brazilian students to LTU to study mechanical engineering for a year.