Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering, Amr Elnashai is the Vice President/Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Houston.
Previously, Amr served as Dean of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, where he held the Harold and Inge Marcus Chair of Engineering. Before serving at Penn State, he led the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was named the Bill and Elaine Hall endowed professor in the department in 2007.
During his tenure at Illinois, Amr held Donald Biggar Willett professorship in the College of Engineering (2003-2007), served as Director of the NSF multi-institution interdisciplinary Mid-America Earthquake Center (2004-2009) and served as Director of the NSF Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations (NEES) Laboratory at Illinois (2002-2009).
Amr obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Cairo University, followed by M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College, University of London. Before joining the University of Illinois in June 2001, Amr was Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Head of Division at Imperial College (1985-2001). He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey, UK, since 1997. Other visiting professor appointments include the University of Tokyo, the University of Southern California, and the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk, Italy.
He is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering and editorial board member of several other journals, a member of the drafting panel of the European design codes, past chair of the UK earthquake engineering association, UK delegate to and past senior Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering and a member of the Council of the UK Institution of Structural Engineers. He is the winner of the Imperial College Unwin Prize for the best PhD thesis in Civil and Mechanical Engineering (1984), the Oscar Faber Medal for best paper in the Institution of Structural Engineering, and two best paper medals from the International Association of Tall Buildings, Los Angeles.
Amr's technical interests are multi-resolution distributed analytical simulations, network analysis, large-scale hybrid testing and field investigations of the response of complex networks and structures to earthquakes. He has produced more than 250 research publications, comprising over 140 refereed journal papers and many conference papers, keynote and prestige lectures (including the Nathan Newmark Distinguished Lecture), research reports, 3 books and several book chapters, magazine articles and earthquake field investigation reports. Amr has supervised 45 Doctoral and over 100 Master of Science theses. Many of his students hold significant positions in industry, academia and government in over 14 countries.