Dr. Elias Saqan is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Founding Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the American University in Dubai (AUD).  He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his B.Sc. degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston.  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 nearly 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and administrative work.  He has numerous research publications in renowned journals and 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.