Prof. Sherif AbdelSalam

Program Director of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Management (CIEM)

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Dr. Sherif AbdelSalam is a Full-Professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (EAS), Civil & Infrastructure Engineering & Management (CIEM) Program, Nile University (NU). He is the CIEM Program Director and EAS Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Sherif earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 2004 from Cairo University, followed by M.Sc. in 2007 from the same school in Geotechnical Engineering. During the first three years of his career, he practiced civil engineering through working for a consulting firm as a designer of concrete and steel structures, a geotechnical engineer, and a site-supervisor on various projects. Meanwhile, he was working as a part-time teaching assistant at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Dr. Sherif then got a scholarship at Iowa State University (ISU), USA, and worked as a research assistant studying towards his PhD, which was earned in 2010. During his doctoral studies, he worked on funded projects by Iowa Highway Research Board (IHRB) and Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). During the period from 2010 till 2017, Dr. Sherif was a full-time in the British University in Egypt (BUE). He was a module leader responsible of teaching different courses generally related to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. In 2013, Dr. Sherif was promoted to Program Director of the Civil Engineering Department at the BUE. In 2015, he was promoted by the permanent committee of the supreme council of Egyptian universities to an Associate Professor. He joined Nile University in September 2017 until now as Program Director for the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering and Management CIEM program. His main target at that time was to develop the new program bylaws, build the civil engineering lab complex, expand the offered tracks, recruit calibers, and attract more students. December 2021, Dr. Sherif was promoted by the permanent committee of the supreme council of Egyptian universities to Full-Professor. Over the past years, Dr. Sherif was awarded research grants including grants from NU, STDF and ISSMGE. Currently he is the PI of an STDF funded project related to uses of EPS for roadway embankments and EPS nano-coating. He published more than 58 papers and reports in international conferences and top ranked prestigious international journals in Civil Engineering such as ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering; ASCE, International Journal of Geomechanics; ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal; ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering; ICE Geosynthetics International; Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and Ain Shams Engineering journal. He is a member in ASCE, ASTM, and ICE Journals peer review panel. His current Google scholar citation score exceeded 495, with an h-index of 11 and i10-index of 12. Finally, Dr. Sherif is keeping his industrial links via conducting consultation works that are generally related to the field of Civil and Geotechnical Engineering, he acquired a professional consultant engineering certificate in 2019 from the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers.

Recent Publications

Ultrasonic characterization of expanded polystyrene used for shallow tunnels under seismic excitation

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is used as an inclusion to mitigate stresses acting on tunnels. In this study, the efficiency of utilizing EPS in reducing dynamic loads acting on shallow tunnels was studied. To gauge this, dynamic modulus of elasticity (Ed) and shear modulus (G) of EPS with densities equal to 25, 30, and 35 kg/m3 were characterized based on series of ultrasonic tests, where Ed ranged

Energy and Water

Characterization of Shear Strength and Compressibility of Diesel Contaminated Sand

Soil contamination with petroleum products and/or waste are a problem that can be detected nearby industrial areas and other amenities that include underground leaking tanks or pipelines. The negative effect of oil contamination on the soil properties is significant and can completely alter the strength as well as the serviceability limit states of the bearing stratum. In this study, Diesel was

Energy and Water
Mechanical Design

EPS inclusion to reduce vertical stresses on shallow tunnels

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) has long been used to reduce stresses acting on buried structures. In this study, the efficiency of utilising EPS in reducing vertical stresses acting on cut-and-cover tunnels was investigated. To gauge this, short- and long-term shear strength parameters of EPS with densities of 25, 30, and 35 kg/m3 were determined. Interface friction of EPS with various materials was

Energy and Water
Mechanical Design
Research Tracks
  • EPS geofoam for retaining walls, tunnels, and infrastructure .
  • EPS for roadways embankments .
  • Reduction of swelling soil effects using geosynthetics materials .
  • LRFD for bridge deep foundations .
  • LRFD for shallow foundations.
  • Ultrasonic for contaminated soils.
Research Project

Characterization, Development, and Life Cycle Analysis of EPS Geofoam for Use under Roadways Embankments

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) or geofoam blocks have long been used as a lightweight, durable, geosynthetic alternative for soil backfills in several infrastructure facilities and geotechnical applications. Recently, EPS was utilized for roadway embankments after assuring safety against acting loads in addition to hydrostatic and buoyancy stability. While satisfying these considerations, the design