Dr. Elias Saqan is Professor of Civil Engineering and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the American University in Dubai (AUD). He received his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His expertise is in structural engineering with emphasis on analysis and design of reinforced and precast/prestressed concrete structures, strengthening of reinforced concrete structures using novel materials, and earthquake engineering. Dr. Saqan has over 23 years of experience in teaching, research, and administrative work. Dr. Saqan has numerous research publications in renowned journals. He is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship where he spent one year as a research scholar at the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Dr. Saqan is a member of numerous professional associations and technical committees, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute.