Dr. Abdeldjelil "DJ" Belarbi, professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at The American University of Sharjah in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates starting next fall.
One of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2004, Belarbi will lecture on the intelligent optimal design and rehabilitation of civil engineering infrastructure as well as exchange civil engineering instructional materials and teaching methods. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected based on their academic or professional achievement and extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.
Belarbi’s primary research efforts include the modeling of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures, developing and evaluating fiber-reinforced-polymer composite for use in concrete structures, and monitoring of civil engineering structures and the use of smart sensors.
His memberships include Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the American Concrete Institute, the Precast and Prestressed Concrete Institute, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Masonry Society and the Transportation Research Board.
Belarbi received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Oran, Algeria, in 1983. He earned his master of science and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Houston in 1986 and 1991, respectively. He joined the UMR faculty in 1991.
Belarbi has been invited on several occasions to deliver keynote presentation on his research and expertise at national and international conferences and meetings. He has received over 30 honors and awards as a recognition for his excellence in teaching, research and service to profession and community.
In addition, Belarbi is active on several national and international technical and educational committees within the American Concrete Institute. He is a fellow of the institute and served as the president of its Missouri Chapter.