American Concrete Institute Presents Faculty Achievement Award to Civil Engineering Professor Mahmoud Taha

April 5, 2010

taha-awardMahmoud Reda Taha, associate professor & Regents’ Lecturer of Civil Engineering (cross appointed to Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering), has been presented the 2010 Walter P. Moore Jr. Faculty Achievement Award by the American Concrete Institute. This national award recognizes Taha’s dedication and commitment to student involvement in concrete research and his ability to connect theory with practice in the classroom.

Photo: Dr. Taha receiving The Walter Moore Award from President Barth during the Awards Ceremony in Chicago, March 2010

Taha conducts research in nanomaterials, structural health monitoring and biomechanics. He currently is integrating nanotechnology with construction engineering to create blast-resistant materials that could have many applications.  Taha’s innovative teaching methods bring nanotechnology to his introductory level undergraduate civil engineering materials class. He works with three doctoral students and two master’s student collaborating with him to develop lighter, stronger, blast-resistant materials.

The Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award was established in 2001 to honor the late Walter P. Moore Jr.  Moore was an ACI Fellow, an ACI Board Members, and a structural engineer in Texas who believed in the development of educators committed to the teaching of concrete. This award is given to an individual with less than 7 years served in all faculty positions. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teachings of concrete design, materials or construction, with demonstrated evidence of technical competence, high character and integrity. The American Concrete Institute is a forum for the discussion of all matters related to concrete and is the largest organization on concrete research, education and practice worldwide.