New engineering dean to host welcome reception for faculty, staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Amr Elnashai, the Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, will host a welcome reception for engineering faculty and staff from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 24, at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Elnashai replaced David Wormley, who retired at the end of 2013 after 21 years at Penn State.

Before coming to the University, Elnashai was the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as the Bill and Elaine Hall Endowed Professor and director of hybrid simulation at the National Science Foundation's Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulations laboratory.

Prior to joining Illinois, he was professor of earthquake engineering and head of division at Imperial College London from 1985 to 2001. Since 1997, Elnashai has been a visiting professor at Britain's University of Surrey, and has held other visiting professor appointments at the likes of the University of Tokyo, University of Southern California and the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk in Italy.

Elnashai is a fellow of the British Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He is the founder and co-editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering.

His research interests include multi-resolution distributed analytical simulations, network analysis, large-scale hybrid testing and field investigations of the response of complex networks and structures to earthquakes.

Last Updated January 14, 2014