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Halabe, Udaya B.

Udaya Halabe


ESB 613

Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering; Constructed Facilities Center


Ph.D. (Civil/Structural Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1990 
S.M. (Management), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1990 
S.M. (Civil/Structural Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1988 
M.Tech (Civil/Structural Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kanpur, India, 1985 
B.E. (Civil Engineering), University of Roorkee, India, 1984
Professional Registration: P.E. (Civil Engineering), West Virginia

Dr. Halabe has over thirty years of research and field testing experience in the area of nondestructive testing and evaluation of structural components. He has numerous publications to his credit in the area of nondestructive evaluation of timber, steel, concrete, and composite structural components. His expertise includes the use of several nondestructive testing techniques such as ultrasonics, ground penetrating radar, infrared thermography, fiber optics, and vibration based technologies.

Dr. Halabe is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Structural Engineering Institute and the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, and member of two honorary societies, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Researcher Award (1992-93), from WVU's College of Engineering.

He also received the Civil and Environmental Engineering Departmental Excellence in Teaching Awards for the 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years. In addition, he is a recipient of CEMR Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009-2010. He also received the Statler College Outstanding Advisor Award in 2016 and 2017.

In 2012, Dr. Halabe received Chi Epsilon National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award and Cumberland District Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2016, Dr. Halabe received Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator of the Year Award from the West Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Structural Engineering Institute Graduate Student Chapter at West Virginia University (SEIGSC-WVU).

Research Focus Areas

Civil Infrastructure

Research Interests

Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and In-situ Condition Assessment of Structures and Materials (soil, timber, steel, concrete, asphalt, and composites) 
Wave Propagation: seismic (low-frequency), ultrasonic, and electromagnetic (ground penetrating radar) waves 
Infrared Thermography 
Fiber Optics 
Structural Dynamics 
Soil-Structure Interaction

Teaching Interests

Structural Analysis 
Design of Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structures 
Structural Dynamics 
Wind and Earthquake Resistant Design 
Wave Propagation 
Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation

Special Interests

Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation 
Structural Analysis and Design 
Structural Dynamics and Soil-Structure Interaction

Professional Societies

Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 
Fellow, Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 
Fellow, American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) 
Member, American Concrete Institute (ACI) 
Member, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)