Technical Session - November 2020

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Topic: Surface Erosion: A Particle Scale Insight

Speakers: Usama El Shamy, Ph.D., P.E., Southern Methodist University, Associate Professor


Dr. Usama El Shamy received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in August 2004. He joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Southern Methodist University as an Assistant Professor in August 2007 and was promoted to Associate Professor in September 2013. Dr. El Shamy’s research is mainly funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Florida, Louisiana and Texas as well as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. El Shamy’s expertise is in the area of multiscale computational modeling of geotechnical systems. Extensive effort is being carried out using state-of-the-art computational modeling techniques to provide a scenario-based predication tool of the impact of severe loading conditions on geotechnical systems. These include stability analyses of earthen dams and levees subjected to earthquakes and intense rain storms. It also enables analyzing phenomena such as scour around bridge piers and coastal erosion induced by wave action or tidal currents.