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Surendra Shah

Surendra P. Shah is the Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Northwestern University. His research focuses on constitutive relationships, fracture of cement-based composites, and nonlinear mechanics.

Shah has gained renown for pioneering work in connecting the microscopic characteristics of concrete to the material’s structural utility.

Shah also serves as director of the National Science Foundation Center for Science and Technology of Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM) at Northwestern. ACMB is a powerful research consortium of scientists and engineers dedicated to interdisciplinary research and graduate education in cement-based materials. The center employs a comprehensive, coordinated, materials science approach to link the fundamental scientific issues with the critical problems in the field.

Prior to joining Northwestern, Shah served as professor of civil engineering in the Department of Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as visiting associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has industrial experience working as a consultant for several large industrial companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Shah received a B.E. from B.V.M. College in India, a M.S. in civil engineering from Lehigh and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.