OMAR NOFAL, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Florida International University


 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: omar.nofal@fiu.edu
10555 West Flagler St., EC 3626
Miami, Florida 33174, USA
Office Phone: 305-348-1092
Personal Page: https://cee.fiu.edu/staff-members/omar-m-nofal-ph-d

EDUCATION

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Risk Analysis and Community Resilience
Lab: NIST-funded Center of Excellence and DHS-funded Coastal Resilience Center
Start date: August 2021
Supervisor: John van de Lindt

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Doctorate of Philosophy
Civil Engineering
Focus: Structural Engineering
Graduated: August 2021
GPA: 4.0
Advisor: John van de Lindt
Thesis: High-Resolution Multi-Hazard Approach to Quantify Hurricane-Induced Risk for Coastal and Inland Communities.

CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Master of Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Structural Engineering
Graduated: May 2017
GPA: 3.8
Advisor: Adel Akl
Thesis: Effect of Nonlinear Behavior of RC Coupling Beam on the Seismic Response of Coupled Shear Walls Systems.

CAIRO UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Structural Engineering
Graduated: May 2013
Grade: Distinction with honor (90.2%)
Graduation Project: Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Natural hazards modeling: Flood, Hurricane, Wind, Earthquake
  • Risk and reliability analysis: fragility developing, flood risk and mitigation analysis, hurricane risk analysis, building damage and loss analysis, multi-hazard damage assessment, community-level exposure and vulnerability assessment, Risk-informed decision making
  • Big data analysis: spatial data analysis, statistical trends development, data simulation and generation
  • Community resilience: (post-hazard functionality assessment, recovery modeling, smart cities, data analytics, buildings and infrastructure interdependencies, and interdependent physical and socio-economic functionality assessment
  • Analysis and design of buildings under lateral loads: seismic and wind load analysis, Finite element analysis, pushover analysis, non-linear analysis

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

J1. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2020. “Probabilistic Flood Loss Assessment at the Community Scale: A Case Study of 2016 Flooding in Lumberton, NC.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering, 6(2):1-15 https://doi.org/10.1061/AJRUA6.0001060

J2. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2020. “Understanding Flood Risk in the Context of Community Resilience Modeling for the Built Environment: Research Needs and Trends.” Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 5(1): 1-17 https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2020.1722546

J3. Omar M. Nofal, John W van de Lindt, and Trung Q. Do. 2020. “Multi-Variate and Single-Variable Flood Fragility and Loss Approaches for Buildings.” Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 12(8), 2277 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ress.2020.106971

J4. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2020. “Minimal Building Flood Fragility and Loss Function Portfolio for Resilience Analysis at the Community-Level.”  Water, 12(8), 2277 https://doi.org/10.3390/w12082277

J5. Omar M. Nofal. 2020. “Stochastic Modeling of Uncertainties in the Wind Load Pressure on Residential Buildings Using Different Stochastic Techniques.” Current Trends in Civil & Structural Engineering – CTCSE. https://doi.org/10.33552/ctcse.2020.06.000636

 J6. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2020. “High-Resolution Approach to Quantify the Impact of Building-Level Flood Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Measures on Flood Losses at the Community-Level.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101903

J7. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2021. “Fragility-Based Flood Risk Modeling to Quantify the Effect of Policy Change on Losses at the Community Level.” Civil Engineering Research Journal. https://doi.org/10.19080/CERJ.2021.11.555822

J8. Omar M. Nofal, John W van de Lindt., Trung Q. Do, Guirong Yan, Sara Hamideh, Daniel T Cox, and J. Casey Dietrich 2021. “Methodology for Regional Multi-Hazard Hurricane Damage and Risk Assessment.” Journal of Structural Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0003144

 J9. Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. 2021. “High-Resolution Flood Risk Approach to Quantify the Impact of Policy Change on Flood Losses at Community-Level.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102429

J10. Omar M. Nofal, Mostafa ElSayed, Mohamed A. Mooty, and Adel Akel. 2021 “On the Behavior of Coupled Shear Walls: Numerical Assessment of the Reinforced Concrete Coupling Beam Parameters.” Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction. https://doi.org/10.32732/jcec.2021.10.4.197

J11. Omar M. Nofal, John W. van de Lindt, Harvey Cutler, and Martin Shields. 2021. “Modeling the Impact of Building-Level Flood Mitigation Measures Made Possible by Early Flood Warnings on Community-Level Flood Loss Reduction.” Buildings. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11100475

J12. Crawford, P., Mitrani-Reiser, J., Sutley, E., Do, T., Tomiczek, T., Omar M. Nofal, Weigand, J., van de Lindt, J., Graettinger, A. 2022. “A measurement approach to develop flood-based damage fragilities for residential buildings following repeat inundation events.” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1061/AJRUA6.0001219

J13. Himadri Sen Gupta, Omar M. Nofal, John W. van de Lindt, Andres Gonzalez, Charlez Nicholson. 2022. “Optimal Selection of Pre-Event Short- and Long-Term Mitigation Strategies for Flood Hazards.” Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14169812

J14. Omar M. Nofal, Ahmed Zakzok, John W. van de Lindt. 2022. “BIM-GIS Integration Approach for High-Fidelity Wind Hazard Modeling at the Community-Level.”. Frontiers in Built Environment, Wind Engineering and Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2022.915209

J15. Omar M. Nofal, Kooshan Amini, Jamie E. Padgett, John W. van de Lindt, Nathanael Rosenheim, Elaina J. Sutley, Sara Hamideh, Yousef M. Darestani, Leonardo Duenas Osorio, S. Amin Enderami. 2023. “Multi-hazard socio-physical resilience assessment of hurricane-induced hazards on coastal communities.”. Resilient Cities and Structures. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcns.2023.07.003

J16. Omar M. Nofal, Nathanael Rosenheim, Sabarethinam Kameshwar, Jayant Patil, Xiangnan Zhou, John W. van de Lindt, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Eun Jeong Cha, Amin Endrami, Elaina Sutley, Harvey Cutler, Tao Lu, Chen Wang, and Hwayoung Jeon. 2024. “Community-Level Interdependent Post-Hazard Functionality Methodology for Buildings Exposed to Flooding Events.” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1111/mice.13135

J17. (Under review)  Omar M. Nofal, Nathanael Rosenheim, Sabarethinam Kameshwar, Jayant Patil, Xiangnan Zhou, John W. van de Lindt, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Eun Jeong Cha, Amin Endrami, Elaina Sutley, Harvey Cutler, Tao Lu, Chen Wang, and Hwayoung Jeon. 2024. “Methodology for Interdependent Population-Buildings-Infrastructure Post-Hazard Functionality Assessment for Communities.” Journal of Structural Engineering.

 J18. (Under development) Omar M. Nofal, Trung Q. Do., Jaimlyn Spyniewski, John W. van de Lindt, Dan Cox, and Bret Webb. 2024. “Hindcasting-Based Validation of a Community-Level Multi-Hazard Hurricane Vulnerability Model.”.

J19. (Under development) Omar M. Nofal, John W. van de Lindt. 2024. “The Impact of Modeling Resolution on flood Risk Analysis Outcomes.”.

J20. (Under development) Omar M. Nofal, Nathanael Rosenheim, Amin Endrami, Hwayoung Jeon, Tao Lu, John W. van de Lindt, Elaina Sutley, Harvey Cutler, Sabarethinam Kameshwar, Jayant Patil, Xiangnan Zhou, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Eun Jeong Cha, and Chen Wang. 2024. “The Impact of Modeling Resolution on flood Risk Analysis Outcomes.”.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS (PEER-REVIEWED)

C1. Omar M. Nofal, John W van de Lindt, Guirong Yan, Sara Hamideh, and Casey Dietrich “Multi-hazard Hurricane Vulnerability Model to Enable Resilience-Informed Decision”. Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction (ISEC-11), July 2021, Virtual Conference. https://doi.org/10.14455/ISEC.2021.8(1).RAD-01

C2. Mehrzad Rahimi, Ram K Mazumder, Omar M. Nofal, Jamie Ellen Padgett, Nathanael Rosenheim, Yousef M. Darestani, Elaina Sutley, John W Van De Lindt, Walter G Peacock, and Sara Hamideh “A multi-hazard hurricane recovery and restoration approach for the built environment”. ICOSSAR 2021-2022,13th International Conference on Structural Safety & ReliabilityAt: Tongji University, Shanghai, China

C3. Omar M. Nofal; Rosenheim, Nathanael; Patil, Jayant; Zhou, Xiangnan; van de Lindt, John W; Duenas-Osorio, Leonardo; Cha, Eun Jeong “Interdependent Households-Buildings-Networks Community-Level Post-Hazard Functionality Assessment Methodology”. Conference: Proc. of the 8th Intl. Symp. on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (ISRERM 2022)At: Hanover, Germany

C4. Himadri Sen Gupta, Omar M. Nofal, Andres Gonzalez, Charles Nicolson, and John W van de Lindt. “Navigating Flooding Hazards Impacts on Communities: A Supervised Learning Approach for Predicting Optimal Mitigation Strategies”. 22nd IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications., December 2023, Jacksonville Riverfront, Florida, USA

C5. Omar M. Nofal, Nathanael Rosenheim, Jayant Patil, Xiangnan Zhou, Sabarethinam Kameshwar, John W. van de Lindt, Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Eun Jeong Cha. “A Community-Level Approach for a Socio-Physical Flood Post-Hazard Functionality Assessment”. Infrastructure Innovation & Adaptation for a Sustainable & Resilient World., November 2023, Arlington, Virginia USA

C6. (Under review)  Sahiti Bommareddy, Maher Khan, Huzaifah Nadeem, Benjamin Gilby, Imes Chiu, John W. van de Lindt, Omar M. Nofal, Mathaios Panteli, Linton Wells, Yair Amir, and Amy Babay “Tolerating Compound Threats in Critical Infrastructure Control Systems”. 21st USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (USENIX 2024) At: Santa Clara, CA, USA

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/ABSTRACTS/POSTERS

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Physics-Based Flood Damage Prediction of a Community”. NIST Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning Semi-annual Meeting, May 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Validation of a Community-Level Flood Damage Prediction Model”. Structure Congress, April 2019, Orlando, Florida.

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Physics-Based Flood Risk Modeling to Quantify the Effect of Policy Change on Losses at Community Level”. Engineering Mechanic Institute, June 2019, Los Angeles, California.

Trung Q. Do, Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Spatial Risk Assessment for Coastal Communities: A Hurricane Risk Mapping Case Study for Galveston, Texas”. 44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Natural Hazards Workshop, July 2019, Boulder, Colorado.

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Development of the Physical-Infrastructure Lumberton, NC Model for IN-CORE”. Lumberton Symposium. NIST Center of Excellence for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning Semi-annual Meeting, November 2019, Washington, DC.

Jenifer Halegson, Sara Hamideh, Ken Harrison, Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Flood and physical systems modeling and IN-CORE”. 2020 HurriCon: Science at the Intersection of Hurricanes and the Populated Coast, February 2020, Greenville, NC.
https://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2020/03/hurricon-2020-science-intersection-hurricanes-and-populated-coast

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Community-Level Probabilistic Quantitative Flood Risk Analysis Approach”. 41st Annual Hydrology Days, March 2021, Virtual Conference.

Himadri Sen Gupta, Omar M. Nofal, Andres Gonzalez, Charles Nicolson, and John W van de Lindt. “Optimal selection of pre-event short- and long-term mitigation strategies for flooding hazards”. INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 2021.

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “Flood Risk Mitigation and Adaptation Analysis at the Community-Level Beyond Hazard Control Measures”. 5th Global Summit of GADRI: Research Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction. September 2021.

Omar M. Nofal, and John W van de Lindt. “The Role of Soft and Hard Interventions to Adapt and Mitigate Flood Impacts at the Building- and Community-Level” The 6th International Electronic Conference on Water Sciences. November 2021.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Helgeson, J., Hamideh, S., and Sutley, E.J. (Eds.). (2021). Community Resilience-Focused Technical Investigation of the 2016 Lumberton, NC Flood: Community Impact and Recovery Following Successive Flood Events. NIST Special Publication 1230-3. https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.1230-3

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  August 2022-Present

Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Title: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Taught CES-5106 Advanced Structural Analysis Fall 2022 (18 students)
  • Taught CGN-5930 Risk and Reliability Analysis Spring 2023 (7 students)
  • Taught CES-5106 Advanced Structural Analysis Fall 2023 (17 students)
  • Taught CGN 3300 Engineering Dynamics Fall 2024 (63 students)

 June 2021 – August 2021

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Title: Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Taught CIVE-261 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics Summer 2021(23 students)
    • Full teaching responsibility including class lectures, grading, and assessment.
    • The class was online (remote synchronous) and we used a classroom that was fully equipped with ECO-360 recording system along with Zoom online meeting to stream and record the class lectures for remote students.
    • Full electronic assessment for exams and assignments was done using Canvas.
    • The class lectures were streamed on YouTube as well for other remote asynchronous students and the playlist can be found herein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD5s0sAHIvg&list=PLAwnafJPJuf_71ZRsO5KsXVvaNqjCIF7R

  January 2015 – June 2017

Title: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Structural Engineering.

  • Taught several structural analysis classes
    • Structural Analysis 1 (Analysis of beams, frames, trusses).
    • Structural Analysis 3 (Matrix analysis using the stiffness method).
    • Structural Analysis of tall buildings (Analysis and design of tall buildings).
    • A combined soil, steel, and concrete design course for students from the architecture department.
    • Taught, mentored, demonstrated, and graded graduation projects for senior students.
  • Developed a training program for fresh graduate students on how to use engineering software including:
    • Auto CAD and Revit.
    • Structural analysis using finite element analysis software (SAP2000, ETABS, SAFE, and Robot).
    • Reinforced concrete analysis and design (beams, slabs, columns, walls) and design automation using Excel sheets.
  • Part-Time Trainer and Instructor for a number of universities, companies, and training centers. This included teaching multiple subjects:
    • Structural analysis using CSI software (SAP2000, ETABS, SAFE)
    • Analysis and design of high-rise and tall buildings.
    • Reinforced concrete design (beams, slabs, columns, and walls).
    • Analysis and design of foundations (isolated footings, raft, and raft on piles).

ACADEMIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Florida International University, Miami, Florida (August 2022-Present)
Title:
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • My current research is at the intersection of humans and the built environment with a focus on community resilience against natural hazards.
  • Digital twin applications in natural hazard modeling and community performance tracking.
  • Multi-hazard modeling of hurricanes on coastal communities with focus on interdependent infrastructure.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (June 2021-Present)
Title:
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Developing hurricane vulnerability functions to be used in coastal resilience (DHS-funded Coastal Resilience Center)
    • Developing a multi-hazard fragility-based buildings vulnerability model to hindcast buildings damage in Crystal Beach, TX after the 2008 Hurricane Ike and Mexico Beach, FL after the 2018 Hurricane Michael.
    • Validating the developed numerical vulnerability functions with the collected field damage assessment data using the damage data collected by FEMA, RAPID, and StEER groups.
  • Developing a computational environment (IN-CORE) for a comprehensive integrated households-buildings-networks community resilience modeling (NIST-funded Center of Excellence)
    • Developing a novel approach to model the post-hazard functionality at the building-, sector-, and community-level based after including the physical and socio-economic interdependencies between the different building sectors and infrastructure.
    • The developed model was applied to Lumberton, NC using a scenario-based flood hazard event. A part of this model was completed and a jupyter notebook of the developed environment was published, however, other tasks are still under progress: https://incore.ncsa.illinois.edu/doc/incore/notebooks/Lumberton_testbed/Lumberton_testbed.html
    • Developing a socio-physical recovery model for buildings and networks to predict the recovery trajectory for the different building sectors with a community.
    • Developing a multi-objective optimization model to predict the most economic and effective mitigation intervention for communities.
  • Developing a coastal resilience bonds pricing methodology to enable coupled socio-physical recovery (CoPe-NSF funded EAGER Project)
    • Develop a new approach for cities and communities to systematically evaluate and monetize the benefits of resilient infrastructure projects through integrating catastrophe models and bond instruments.
    • Identify the resilience goals and values, and assets that drive different types of investments by different communities and institutions need.
    • Understand the financial risk perceptions and expectations with regards to resilience investment by different types of communities need.
    • Identify strategies that can achieve resilience investment from individuals and communities across a wide range of socioeconomic levels by weighing in inputs from real-world decision-makers and coastal community stakeholders.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (August 2017- June 2021)
Title:
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Multi-hazard hurricane vulnerability functions to be used in coastal resilience (DHS-funded Coastal Resilience Center)
    • Developed a convolutional vulnerability model that accounts for the combined impact of hurricane-induced hazards including wind, wave, and surge hazards on the different building components (interior content, structural, and non-structural components).
    • Collected building data for Crystal Beach, TX and Mexico Beach, FL using google street map view to be used for risk and community resilience analysis.
    • Conducted visual damage and recovery assessment for coastal communities using post-event geo-coded images collected by several reconnaissance teams and Google Street Map View.
  • Interdependent households-buildings-networks community resilience model (NIST-funded Center of Excellence)
    • Developed a model that integrates fragility-based damage results for buildings with a social model of the community and synthetically allocates households to housing units and labor to businesses. This allowed modeling households-buildings linkages and household dynamics across the community.
    • Developed a physical GIS model of the community to provide linkages between buildings and networks and identify the service area of each network.
  • Coastal community resilience bond analysis to enable coupled socio-physical recovery (NSF-funded CoPe Project)
    • Collected building and infrastructure data of two coastal communities that were devastated after major hurricanes (Waveland, MS, and Charleston, SC).
    • Developed multi-variate vulnerability functions that account for the impact of hurricane-induced hazards on buildings.
    • Developed a high-resolution multi-hazard community-level hurricane risk analysis approach that captures hurricane-induced damage to buildings across the community.
    • The developed model was applied at the state-level using the entire state of North Carolina as a case study and Hurricane Florence in 2018 as a hazard scenario.
  • Quantifying the economic benefits of the AQPI system in the San Francisco Bay Area (NOAA-funded Project)
    • Investigated the impact of using the Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information system that uses a set of radar rainfall to predict rainfall storms with six to ten hours lead time.
    • Modeling the building inventory of large-scale communities using tax assessor data (e.g., Santa Clara, CA).
    • Performed flood simulations for severe rainfall storms in Santa Clara County and their associated streams overflow.
    • Performed probabilistic flood damage and loss assessment for buildings using a portfolio of minimal building archetypes to model the community-level flood vulnerability.
    • Investigated the impact of flood events on the economic activities inside and outside the floodplain.
  • Lumberton, NC longitudinal field study of the impact of repeated flooding events (NIST-funded Center of Excellence)
    • Conducted multiple field visits to collect flood measurement (HWMs), damage data, interview households, and track the recovery process to model the community post-hazard functionality and recovery after flooding events.
    • Supervised undergraduate research assistants to collect data and perform different types of data analysis using GIS.
    • Developed empirical flood fragilities for buildings based on collected field damage data.
    • Incorporated the developed numerical models with field-based empirical models to be validated.
    • The collected data leveraged many verification and validation studies to be conducted including hazard models validation, damage models validation, and population dislocation validation.
  • Flood risk and resilience assessment and quantification at the community level (NIST-funded Center of Excellence)
    • Conducted a number of hydrologic and hydrodynamic analyses for multiple floodplains across the U.S. to develop flood hazard maps and perform flood damage analysis.
    • Developed component-based single-variable and multi-variable flood fragility and loss analysis approach for buildings which was applied to a portfolio of 15 building archetypes to model flood vulnerability at the community-level.
    • The developed approach provides a mechanism to stage the flood risk analysis resolution from component-level to building- and community-level along with propagating uncertainties in the flood damage/loss analysis across each analysis resolution.
    • Developed an algorithm that uses the developed flood hazard, exposure, and vulnerability models to account for the spatial distribution of damage/loss across the community which has been included in an Interdependent Networked Community Resilience Modeled Environment (IN-CORE).
    • Developed a high-resolution approach to model the different flood risk mitigation and adaptation strategies at the component-level (e.g., elevating water-sensitive components, using resilient construction materials), building-level (e.g., flood barriers, water pumps, increase components elevation, etc.), and community-level (e.g., flood gates, levees, retention system, etc.).

Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (January 2015 – July 2017)
Title: Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Structural Engineering.

  • Seismic analysis of the high-rise buildings
    • Developed a nonlinear finite element model for coupling beams and coupled shear walls using VecTor2.
    • Performed nonlinear static pushover analysis on reinforced concrete coupled shear walls.
    • Investigated the impact of different coupling beam parameters on the coupling beam behavior and the coupled shear walls response (e.g., depth, width, diagonal reinforcement, shear reinforcement, and flexure reinforcement).
    • Modeled the response of 2D membrane structures using finite element and the modified compression field theory using VecTor2 software with the application on coupling beams and coupled shear walls.

FUNDED RESEARCH GRANTS

      • Nofal led many grant proposals in the period of 2022-2023 at FIU including 4 proposals as PI (total of $1,725,000) to National Academies Gulf Research, NOAA, and NSF and 6 proposals as co-PI (total of $6,620,000) to National Academies Gulf Project, NSF, FHWA, ABC-UTC, and NJDOT. The funded grants are as below:
        • Developed Accelerated Bridge Construction-University Transportation Center: High-Resolution Approach for Socio-Physical Community-Level Hurricane Risk and Resilience Assessment in an Uncertain Climate ($70k)

INDUSTRY WORK EXPERIENCE

ACE-Moharram-Bakhoum (Arab Consulting Engineers), Giza, Egypt
Title: Part-time Structure Design Engineer

  • Developing BIM models for large scale projects using Revit structure (e.g., Almaza City Center)
  • Analysis and design of high-rise buildings using different analysis software (SAP, ETABS, Robot, and MIDAS-Gen).
  • Revise the analysis and design for constructed high-rise buildings to meet current design codes.

October 2013 – December 2014

Artillery Administration-Egyptian Army, Cairo, Egypt
Title: Full-time Soldier-Engineer

  • Analysis and design of buildings.
  • Prepare specifications for residential projects.
  • Supervise the construction process and issuing invoices for contractors.

SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE AND EXPOSURE

related to structural analysis and design, GIS, and flood hazard mapping for undergraduate and graduate students in Arabic and English. The channel exceeds one million views with more than 24,000 subscribers from all over the world. https://www.youtube.com/c/OmarMagdyNofal

RESEARCH CONNECTIONS PLATFORM

My research papers from my M.Sc. and Ph.D. are published on my Research Gate.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Omar_Nofal4

All my journal and conference publications can be also found on my Google Scholar.
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=njSr_YoAAAAJ&hl=en

All my journal publications can be also found on my ORCID.
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4206-1904

All my Scopus-indexed journal publications can be also found on my Scopus:
https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=57215672571

JOB RELATED TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS

IRB training for natural disaster field studies that include human subjects.

Damage assessment and filed data collection training using both Mobile Applications (e.g., survey123) and paper format.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • Memberships
    • Member of the ASCE
  • National Committees
    • Voting member on the ASCE 7-28 Technical flood loads sub-committee
  • Journal Review
    • Reviewer for Journal of structural Engineering, 2022– present
    • Reviewer for Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, 2021– present
    • Reviewer for Natural Hazard Review Journal, 2022– present
    • Reviewer for Journal of Hydrology, 2022– present
    • Reviewer for International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2021– present
    • Reviewer for Geomatics-Natural Hazards and Risk 2022– present
    • Reviewer for Environmental Modelling and Software, 2022– present
    • Reviewer for Journal of Environment and Planning B Urban Analytics and City Science, 2022– present
    • Reviewer for MDPI (Water, Hydrology, Sustainability, Buildings Journal), 2021– present
    • Reviewer for Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 2023– present
  • Proposal And Panel Review
    • Reviewer for Ohio Sea Grant, 2023– present
    • Reviewer for Connecticut Sea Grant, 2023– present

RECOGNITIONS, AWARDS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

ISEC11 Best Presentation Award, July 2021, received from the 11th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference for presenting our paper under the title of “Multi-hazard Hurricane Vulnerability Model to Enable Resilience-Informed Decision”.

CEE Department Teaching Fellowship, summer 2021, a summer fellowship awarded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University to distinguished Ph.D. students. This fellowship includes the responsibility of the full teaching load (Instructor of Record) for the CIVE-261 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics.

JackCermak Wind Engineering Graduate Fellowship, fall 2020, $2360 awarded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University to distinguished Ph.D. students.

The recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University.

JackCermak Wind Engineering Graduate Fellowship, fall 2019, $1600 awarded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University to distinguished Ph.D. students.

Kenneth G. Medearis Scholarship, fall 2018, $2000 awarded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University to distinguished Ph.D. students.

Second Place, NIST CoE Student Poster Competition, spring 2018, a poster competition between 25 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are exhibiting their work during the semi-annual meeting.

Walter Scott Jr. Fellowship, fall 2017, $5000 awarded by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University to distinguished Ph.D. students.

Excellence Award, every year in my undergraduate degree (2008-2013), awarded by the College of Engineering at Cairo University to undergraduate students with a total grade of more than 85%.

MAJOR RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

My research provided multiple contributions to the profession which are summarized below:

Introducing probabilistic multivariate flood vulnerability functions: The proposed flood fragility and loss approaches in my research propagates uncertainties in flood depth, flood duration, and the replacement cost of the building components. These functions allow the analyst to, in theory, create a damage fragility and loss prediction model for any building of interest.

Developing flood fragility archetype portfolio: Minimal building flood fragility and loss functions were developed for 15 building archetypes. These archetypes are believed to be the minimum necessary building archetypes to model flood vulnerability at the community-level.

High-Resolution community-level flood risk analysis framework: A high-resolution flood risk analysis framework was proposed/developed. This framework uses building-level information and high-fidelity flood hazard models along with the developed building fragility portfolio to map flood risk across the community.

Quantitative building-level and community-level flood mitigation analysis: A quantitative mitigation analysis framework was developed to account for the impact of using a number of building-level and community-level mitigation measures.

Hurricane multi-hazard vulnerability model: A multi-hazard high-resolution hurricane vulnerability model was developed to account for the combined impacts of hurricane surge, wave, and wind hazards on coastal communities in terms of structural and content damage.

Resilience-informed decision-making: A resilience-informed decision-making methodology is being developed to identify the optimal mitigation strategies for communities to be more resilient to flood and hurricane hazards. This includes the ability to incorporate existing socio-economic models in the developed framework.

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

Prof. John W. van de Lindt  (My Ph.D. advisor)
Harold H. Short Endowed Chair
Co-Director, NIST Center of Excellence
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: 970-218-4076
john.van_de_lindt@colostate.edu

Dr. Yanlin Guo  (Doctoral committee member)
Assistant Professor

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud (Doctoral committee member)
George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone:  970-690-7060
hussam.mahmoud@colostate.edu

Prof. Harvey Cutler (Doctoral committee members)
Professor of Economics

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone:  970-491-3518
yanlin.guo@colostate.edu

Director, Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis
Department of Economics
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: 970-310-4267
harvey.cutler@colostate.edu

Prof. Paul Heyliger (Mechanics Professor)
Professor of Structure Analysis and Mechanics
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: 970-491-5048
paul.heyliger@colostate.edu

Prof. Sherif Mourad (Professor during my MS degree)
Professor of steel structures
Department of Structure Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
Cairo University Rd, Oula, Giza District,
Giza Governorate, Egypt
Phone: +2 0100 6600363
smourad@eng.cu.edu.eg

Prof. Bruce Ellingwood (Professor Emeritus)
Professor and College of Engineering Eminent Scholar
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1372
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: 970-491-5354
bruce.ellingwood@colostate.edu