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Tuesday16 January 2018

Current Executive Board Members


1) Maher Abdelqader, CCM - Chairman of the Board

Mr. Abdelqader holds a master degree in civil engineering and a degree in construction management.  He is an alumnus of NYU, New York and the University of New Haven, Connecticut.  Currently, he is a Project Manager with the MTA Bridges & Tunnels Authority in the Engineering & Construction Department, responsible for multi-million dollar capital and maintenance programs.  In addition, he was also an adjunct professor at St. Johns University in Jamaica - , Queens/ New York.  In June 24, 2010 Mr. Abdelqader was honored by NYC Council where he was presented by the Council proclamation. 

Mr. Abdelqader is the Current President of AAAEA- Tristate.  Mr. Abdelqader served as the east coast representative of the National Executive Committee for the National Arab American Association of Engineers & Architects, AAAE&A for the years 2007 to 2008.  He is co-founder of the AAAE&A-Tri State and served on its board, co-founded the Palestinian American Congress, PAC – USA in 1995 and served as its National President, Chairman of the Board and VP between the years of 1995 – 2003.    Mr. Abdelqader also facilitated the appearance of former President Bill Clinton as the key-note speaker in PAC’s 3rd Annual Convention in Washington, DC in May of 1998.

Mr. Abdelqader served as chairman of the board of the American Friends of Palestine organization from 1989 to 1994, a prominent member of the National Policy Council of the Arab American Institute from1995 to1999, and a member of the Palestinian delegation to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the United Nations in 1995.  In 2005, he was appointed as an advisor and member to the State of Palestine delegation to the International Parliamentary Conference held at United Nations headquarters in NYC.   

Mr. Abdelqader is a co-founder of the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS), established in 1980, and president of GUPS-NY chapter from 1981 to 1983.  He has been an instrumental facilitator in the creation of a multitude of Arab student clubs in universities throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts states in the 1980’s as well. 

Mr. Abdelqader has met with US Secretary of State, John Kerry and National Security Advisor, Susan Rice in the White House in August 2013. former President Bill Clinton in the White House August 6, 1996, and February 18, 2000 to discuss issues pertinent to our community as well as issues regarding prospects of peace in the Middle East.  Mr. Abdelqader had several meetings in the White House and the US State Department where he met Mr. Sandy Burger, National Security Advisor, Vice President Al Gore and other key leaders.  Mr. Abdelqader had meetings with several world leaders, i.e., President Yasser Arafat and President Mahmoud Abbass of Palestine, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, former New York Governor George Pataki, Senator Charles Schumer, former Assistant Secretary of State Bill Burns, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of the Arab League Amr Musa, and Prince Crown Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, to name but a few.

He has been interviewed by and appeared on most major American radio and television stations: CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NY- Channel 1 News, Fox, BBC / English, RT, Russian Arabic TV as well as Japanese news outlets.  He has been interviewed by and appeared on Arabic radio and television stations as well: Al-Jazeera, ART, Monte Carlo /Arabic, BBC / Arabic, and Sawt Philistine/ Ramallah.  Mr. Abdelqader has been a lecturer at Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, Rodgers University, Torah Academy, and the Beirzeit Society. 


2) Suhail Albhaisi, PhD, PE - President

Dr. Albhaisi is the leader of the Structural-Bridge Group for Jacobs Engineering in New York. His responsibilities include the technical development and oversight of major structural-bridge projects. He also provides peer reviews and independent reviews for major national bridge projects. He holds a PhD degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University. Dr. Albhaisi is the Chairman of ACEC Committee for NYCDOT, a voting member of the Post Tensioning Institute (PTI) Bridge Committee, and a member of several ACI committees on bridges. He has authored numerous technical publications and has taught the bridge design class at the University level. Dr. Albhaisi is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Florida, and Kentucky.


3) Reema Albahri - Vice President, New York Liaison

Ms. Reema Albahri has been a Tri-State AAAEA member since 2009, served on the Executive Publications Committee for the National AAAEA Chapter since 2011, facilitated the association’s events as the Activities & Events Committee Chair since 2012, and currently serving as the Vice President, NY Liaison. While pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering at NYU-Poly, Reema co-Founded the Tri-State AAAEA NYU Student Chapter in 2009. Reema is currently a Business Development Project Engineer in the Construction Management - Infrastructure Department at HAKS. She coordinates business development matters, such capture planning on megaprojects and priority project pursuits, as well as, streamlines the proposal & presentation process in a variety of regions across the US pertaining to Construction Inspection services with public sector clients including: PANYNJ, NYCDPR, NYSDOT, NYCDOT, NYCDDC, NYCEDC, NYSTA, MTA, TBTA, NYCT, MNRR, LIRR, Nassau County DPW, NJDOT, NJTA, NJTransit, ConnDOT, dDOT, MDOT, MassDOT, MBTA, FDOT, etc.


4)  Sid Elahmad, Vice President - Connecticut Liason

"Sid Elahmad (سائد الاحمد) has over 16 years of practical experience in the Electrical Engineering field. He currently works as Senior Electrical Engineer/ Project Manager position at A/Z Corporation in North Stonington, Connecticut, one of the elite engineering construction company in the United States. Mr. Elahmad has an MSEE from the University of Bridgeport, an MBA from SCSU and a BSEE from the University of Connecticut. Mr. Elahmad is a Professional Engineering Licensed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. And holds a PSP (Physical Security Professional) Certification from ASIS. Mr. Elahmad experience includes business development; bid and proposal preparation; project management; design of building electrical Infrastructure, Arc Flash study and analysis, building physical security consulting and design." 



5) Nidal Elderamneh - Secretary

Mr. Elderamneh is an Electrical Engineer/Assistant Project Manager at HDR Engineering. His responsibilities include oversight of four Junior to Mid level Electrical Engineers. He is a current member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Standards Organization and Heavy Movable Structures (HMS). He is an active Engineering advisory board member at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). He is also an Adjunct professor at PCCC teaching engineering courses. He teaches a course which focuses on electrical controls including programmable logic controllers, relay, drives, and the various input out devices.

Mr. Elderamneh consulting experience includes the design and rehabilitation of movable highway and railway bridges. He managed multi discipline Movable Bridge projects up to $25M in construction value. His responsibilities include managing the design team, providing technical expertise, and communicating directly with the client.


 6) Marwa Ayad - Membership Committee Chair

Mrs. Ayad holds both Master and Bachelor degrees in Civil Engineering from NYU School of Engineering, New York. She has an academic background in bridge, concrete, steel, mechanical stabilized earth walls, foundation, and pile designs; as well structural analysis.

Mrs. Ayad currently works for WSP Middle East Integrated Design Management team. She is currently the Assistant Project Manager for WSP Technical Advisor team on Al Ain MRO (maintenance, repair and overhauling) facility development. She is experienced in project management, construction inspection and existing bridge’s structural evaluation. She has worked on projects for Mubadala Aerospace, UAE ; AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center), UAE; Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority (TBTA), USA ; New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), USA. 

Mrs. Ayad has been an active Tristate AAAEA board member since 2010. In 2009, she was the Co-founder and President of the Tristate AAAEA NYU school of Engineering Student chapter. She is currently the Membership Committee Chair. 


7) Jasmine Issa - Education Committee Chair

Jasmine Issa is an Architect at Sacon Enterprises where she leads design of luxury condominiums in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to Sacon, Jasmine was a diligent Office Engineer at HAKS where she worked on a Hurricane Sandy rehabilitation project for the Staten Island Railroad and coordinated construction activities with neighboring developers, NY Wheel and Empire Outlets. Jasmine obtained her Bachelors in Architecture and graduated with honors from The City College of New York. She did her Thesis in Architectural Economics in relation to the Muslim community. During her academic journey, Jasmine obtained several internships on the field and in the office. Notably as an Engineer’s Assistant at Amman & Whitney where she worked on the New Burgh-Beacon Bridge and as an Assistant Project Manager at Interior Management Inc. where she managed renovations and demolitions of luxury homes. At CCNY, Jasmine was a board member of the AIAS, served as Senator for Student Government and founded the City College chapter of the AAAEA where she organized and hosted events. Jasmine has been a part of the AAAEA since 2010 and now serves as the Education Committee Chair. Whilst participating in several parts of the organization, Jasmine also has a key role in producing graphic and media content.


8) Tarek Z. Khouri, PE - Outreach Committee Chair

Mr. Khouri has more than 20 years of experience in the Real Estate Development, Construction and Engineering industries. He has been providing environmental consulting and risk management advisory services to developers, real estate property owners, assets investors, and public agencies throughout the world (USA, UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, West Africa, and France). Mr. Khouri integrates environmental risk management with land use planning and sustainable development to meet the needs and objectives of diverse clients and stakeholders for residential, commercial, and industrial real estate, in urban and rural environment.

Mr. Khouri has participated and managed the remediation and reuse of contaminated properties for over 20 years. He has performed, directed, and overseen environmental investigations and remedial actions at petroleum and chlorinated solvent spill sites, fuel farms, refineries, former manufactured gas, landfills, and a variety of residential, commercial and industrial settings. Mr. Khouri utilizes his technical expertise as well as his leadership and management skills to direct and oversee teams of professionals for the successful completion of these complex projects.


9) Gehad Saber - Student Chapters Committee Chair

Gehad Saber is currently a senior at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering and a minor in Construction Management. Throughout the past few years in college, she has gained both professional and academic experience in state of the art structural systems as well as on-field experience. She has performed forefront research on different types of materials and analyzed their optimal use through simulations.

Gehad has been part of The Hardesty and Hanover team as an Assistant Project Manager Intern, where she supervisedand participated in structural improvements on the Henry Hudson Bridge. Currently, she is part of the New York City Department of Transportation Traffic Management Center,where she monitors traffic patterns in NYC and proposes methods to decrease vehicle congestion.

Along with Gehad’s impressive academics and professional experience, she is a firm believer in giving back to the community. She has been an active member in AAAEA NYU-Poly Chapter for over four years. She took on therole of maintaining the AAAEA Student Chapter at NYU-Poly throughout all four years, starting out as the Vice President and then moving up to becoming President of the Chapter.  She has helped host social and networking events at NYU-Poly. She amcently earned the position of Student Chapters Committee Chair on the AAAEA Tri-state Chapter. During her position on the AAAEA Tri-state Chapter, she plans on starting workshops to guide students through the journey of starting their careers and facilitate dinners for students to network with AAAEA leaders. She encourages everyone to join AAAEA’s welcoming community.


Gehad aspires to earn numerous engineering experiences and skills to be able to travel and build schools in developing countries.  She is an active member of ASCE, SEAoNY, WISE (Women in Search of Excellence), Architecture for Humanity, and NYU-Poly Muslim Students Association


10) Magdy Elkafafi, PE - Patron Committee Chair

Mr. Elkafafi is a Vice President at HAKS Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors with over 21 years of experience in the transportation private sector. Mr. Elkafafi graduated from City College of New York City with B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and is an ENV Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) is an ISI credentialed practitioner who is trained to use the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system as a guide to address triple bottom line sustainability dimensions in the design, construction, and operation of an infrastructure projects. Mr. Elkafafi managed several large scale projects including Reconstruction of Gowanus Expressway ($220 M), Reconstruction and installation of 72” Trunk water main in Clove Road, Staten Island ($40 M). Mr. Elkafafi is licensed as Professional Engineer in the states of New York, and Maryland.



 11) Nadira Najib - Student Committee Chair

Nadira Najib is an environmental remediation engineer at Langan Engineering and Environmental Services in Parsippany, NJ. Her responsibilities include designing, implementing, and operating remediation technologies for soil and groundwater cleanups. Mrs. Najib’s responsibilities include project management, proposals and cost estimates, preparation of project annual budgets, bids evaluation, proposals, cost benefit analysis, and set up and maintenance of project schedule remedial design and bid documentation. She had worked on various remediation projects nationwide. Before joining Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Mrs. Najib worked as a quality supervisor of the Moroccan Technical Center of Wood and Furniture. The technical center was created by a joint program between the Moroccan ministry of industry and the European Union. Mrs.Najib holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Masters degree in environmental engineering. Mrs.Najib is also finishing her PhD in environmental engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. Her PhD thesis focuses on developing new functionalized nanofibers memebrane for the removal of nutrients (phosphates and nitrates) from wastewater.


 12)  Alia Kasem - NY Student Associate Chair

Alia Kasem earned her Master Degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from NYU School of Engineering. Throughout her education, she has gained the experience and knowledge in transportation systems and their effect on the community as a whole. Her education allowed her to advance in her career with a major focus on multi-mode infrastructures. Alia is constantly working on providing plans for smarter streets. One of her goals is to design new innovative technologies that will improve roads, intersections, and public transit. Alia has interned at New York City Department of City Planning as a Transportation Analyst, during her internship she familiarized herself with the five borough’s traffic behavior. She is currently working at NYCDOT as a Staten Island Borough Planner. Her responsibilities are to review and analyze traffic and transit data. Also, to find new mitigation that fits with the community’s needs to advance as a borough. Alia also collaborates with other agencies such as NYCDCP, NYCEDC, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, NYPD and MTA. For the past three years, Alia was involved with AAAEA taking part as a NY Student Associate Chair.


 13) Mohammed Al Arag - Sponsorship Committee Chair

Mohammed Al Arag is a Water Resources Engineer at Dewberry - NYC Office. Mr. Al Arag has a master degree in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering) from Stevens Institute of Technology, 2010. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager. Mr. Al Arag has experience in water resources, environmental and civil engineering, including site investigation, stormwater and sanitary drainage management design, hydraulic analysis, preparation of construction documents, Basis of Design Reports, CSO reduction studies, flood studies and site/civil work. Mr. Al Arag is well-versed with NYCDEP’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); project management; public outreach coordination; and construction administration. For various water resources engineering projects, he works with and manages a multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and construction personnel along with multiple contractors and subconsultants.



 14) Ashraf Shadid - IT Committee Chair

Ashraf Shadid holds a BS degree of Science and Information Technology from Tripoli University. Ashraf is a project Manager at White horse Media group and has 24 years of experience. Ashraf is responsible for planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, initiating, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures. Maintains effectiveness and efficiency by defining, delivering, and supporting strategic plans for implementing information technologies, directs technological research by studying organization goals, strategies, practices, and user projects, completes projects by coordinating resources and timetables with users, verifies application results by conducting system audits of technologies implemented, preserves assets by implementing recovery and back-up procedures and information security and control structures and recommends information technology strategies, policies, and procedures by evaluating organization outcomes; identifying problems; evaluating trends; anticipating requirements.




 1) Khaled Husein, CCM, Vice President, HAKS - Vice Chairman of the Board

Khaled Husein currently holds the role of Chairman of the Board within the Tri-state AAAEA. Previously, Khaled was President for the 2012-2013 Board, and initially began as a member of the National Steering Committee, leading the Tri-state delegation of launching the Chicago Chapter on 11/11/11. Khaled has been serving on the board for the last four years. Khaled is the Vice President of the Construction Management Division at HAKS. A Certified Construction Manager (CCM) by Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) with more than 27 years of experience in the construction industry working nationally and internationally on both public and private sector projects. Prior to joining HAKS, Khaled spent 22 years with URS as part of their Construction Management Group and spend 2 ½ years working in the Middle East for the largest KSA General Construction firm. Mr. Husein graduated in 1984 from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM with a B.S. degree in Civil/Engineering. Khaled lives in Staten Island, NY married with 4 children.



 2) Eli R. Khoury, PE, Senior Vice President, HDR - Co-Chairman of the Board

Eli R. Khoury, PE, is a Senior Vice President and the East Region Transportation Director for HDR, working out of its New York City office.

Mr. Khoury has more than 29 years of comprehensive experience on major transportation projects. Prior to joining HDR, Eli served as Vice President and New York Regional leader for HNTB Corporation as well as their Chief Strategic Planning Officer for the Northeast division. He has played a major role in transportation projects in the New York region and nationally involving bridges, highways, railroad/transit, and aviation systems and has provided unique and innovative solutions to complex design projects, such as the Bayonne and the Tappan Zee bridges, particularly for the New York State Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the MTA-Bridges and Tunnels, the Long Island Rail Road, the New York City Transit, the New Jersey Transit, The NY City Department of Transportation, and the New York State Thruway Authority. 

Mr. Khoury holds Professional Engineer registrations in New York and New Jersey, serves on the State Board of Directors for ACEC and Chairs the ACEC NYCDOT Committee. He also serves on the Foundation Board for the New York Building Congress, and he is a Board member of The NJ NEW JOBS President's Club. He holds a BE in Civil Engineering and an ME in Structural Engineering from the City University of New York and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 


3) George Sholy, AECOM - Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. George Sholy is an Associate Vice President/Senior Project Manager with over 28 years of experience in the transportation private sector. Currently, he is working for AECOM Technology, Inc. in Piscataway, NJ. Mr. Sholy graduated in 1986 from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. with a B.S. degree in Civil/Construction Engineering Technology. Mr. Sholy also graduated in 1984 from Franklin Peirce University in Rindge, NH with a B.S. in Business Management.

As a Project Manager, Mr. Sholy managed several large scale projects including the Route 42 widening in Gloucester and Camden Counties ($42M), Route 33 Bypass Extension in Freehold, NJ (43M) and Route 31 Bypass ($125M) and westbound Atlantic City Expressway from MP 8 to MP 31. Mr. Sholy was also involved in several value engineering workshops including the Route 18 widening project in New Brunswick, NJ which was completed recently and had received ASCE and ASHE awards from the NJ Chapters as well as being one of the top 10 projects nationally recognized by the ASCE Magazine. 

Mr. Sholy got involved in several large overseas ventures, past work includes the opening of  The Dubai Mall (Largest Mall in the Middle East), The Pearls (Islands in the sea (Dubai))  as well the Nakheel Tower (upcoming 180 story tower building in Dubai).

Mr. Sholy has been involved in the AAAEA Tri State Chapter since its inception and served as President of the Chapter from 2008 thru 2010. Mr. Sholy is one of the Chapter Trustees. 

Mr. Sholy is married to Laila Sholy and they have 2 boys (Christopher and Joseph) and one married girl (Rosemarie, resides in Atlanta, GA). Mr. Sholy and his family reside in East Windsor, NJ. 


4) Shukri Abuhuzeima, NJDOT, Vice Chairman of the Board

Shukri is currently working as a Supervising Engineer with the NJ Department of Transportation. He has 27 plus years experience in the field of civil engineering in bridge and road construction and design in the public sector. Shukri worked on major highway projects in the State of New Jersey. His experience also includes program and project management of federal and state funded transportation programs. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with an MS degree in Construction Management and a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  







5) Michael A. Shamma, PE - Vice Chairman of the Board

Michael A. Shamma, P.E., is responsible for planning, directing and evaluating the operations of HAKS’ 15 offices, including an international office in Chennai, India. He has more than 27 years of experience in the fields of civil engineering and transportation, and has successfully delivered many transportation infrastructure programs and projects. Prior to joining HAKS, Mr. Shamma was the Chief Engineer for the New York State Thruway Authority/Canal Corporation. As a direct report to the Thruway Executive Director, he led and directed the Engineering Department efforts to ensure development and delivery of a $1.5 billion multi-year capital program. This program focused on maintaining in a state of good repair 809 bridges, 2,400 lane miles of interstate, 524 canal system miles and 1,025 building facilities. Previously, in his 24-year career at the New York State Department of Transportation, Mr. Shamma was Region 2 Director. He was responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of the Region’s transportation system, including operations, maintenance, snow and ice removal, design and construction as well as customer, legislative and media relations for the six-county Mohawk Valley Region. He also represented the agency on a national level, collaborating with industry leaders on policy development and technical issues. Prior to becoming Region 2 Director, Mike was Chief Engineer for the NYSDOT Engineering Division. He managed all activities of the Engineering Division to deliver a capital program in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Shamma is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.


6) Faris A. Malhas, PE, PhD, FACI - Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr. Faris A Malhas is Dean of the School of Engineering, Science & Technology at Central Connecticut State University. He was previously the Dean of the College of Architecture, Applied Engineering, and Technology at Bowling Green State University. Prior to that he was the Dean of the Leonard C Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He has previously served as a chair and professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Dayton in Ohio. Malhas has been in academia for more than 28 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in structural engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Florida and has been a practicing consultant structural engineer for over three decades. He is the coauthor of a bestselling textbook on the design of steel structures that was published in 2008 and he is about to publish his second textbook on structural analysis. Dr Malhas has also been the co-editor for four ACI Special Publication books in various fields of structural concrete. Malhas research interests include durability of concrete structures, repair of concrete structures, seismic behavior of precast concrete structures and most recently the safety and strengthening of bridge structures. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Steel Construction and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. He is the past chair of ACI Committee 444-Structural Health Monitoring of Concrete Structures. For his continuous contribution to ACI, he has been elected as an ACI fellow in 2009. Malhas received a B.S.E and an M.S.E in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He also holds an M.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


7) Walid S. Najjar, PhD, PE - Vice Chairman of the Board

Walid Salim Najjar, Ph.D., P.E. is Vice President and Quality Manager at WSP, a professional services firm that acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014. Dr. Najjar has 33 years of combined academic and professional experiences, including the past 20 years with WSP’s Transportation and Infrastructure Group working on highway and railway bridge projects. He is in charge of Quality Assurance and the Department of Education and Research, which is a sponsor organization of continuing education on behalf of the Practicing Institute of Engineers Inc. Previously, Dr. Najjar worked at Northeastern University as a faculty of civil engineering and at Cornell University as a visiting faculty and post-doctoral associate in civil engineering, where he developed neutron radiography as a non-destructive test method to detect micro-cracking and other defects in concrete. Before joining WSP, he worked at Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers on structural investigations of buildings and stadiums. He graduated from Cornell University in 1987 with a doctoral degree in civil/structural engineering and previously from Oklahoma State University in 1981 with bachelor and master degrees in civil engineering. Dr. Najjar developed and supervised the innovative project “Maturity Testing for Bridge Deck Rapid Replacement” that won for WSP the top diamond award for research from the 2009 ACEC-NY Engineering Excellence Awards. In 2013 he received the NYSSPE Outstanding PE in Management Award (state-wide), and the NYSSPE Westchester/Putnam Chapter Outstanding Engineer in Private Practice Award. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Also he is a certified ISO 9001:2008 internal auditor. He is a voting member of TRB Committees AFF30 Concrete Bridges and AFH70 Fabrication and Inspection of Metal Structures, and AREMA Committees 8 Concrete Structures and Foundations and 15 Steel Structures. He is the chairman of Task Group 14 Typical Field Repair and Retrofit of Existing Steel Bridges of the AASHTO/NSBA Steel Bridge Collaboration. Also he is a member of this collaboration’s Task Group 13 Analysis of Steel Bridges, and TRB Subcommittee AFF20-1 Methods for Analyzing Steel Bridges. Further, he is an associate member of ACI Committee 342 Evaluation of Concrete Bridges and Bridge Elements. During the past 30 years, Dr. Najjar presented his research and practical work at technical conferences, published his work in technical journals, and reviewed presentations and papers by others. Related organizations include ACI, AREMA, ASCE, ASTM, FHWA, and TRB. During his academic career, he taught undergraduate courses on civil engineering materials, materials laboratory, statics and strength of materials, analysis and design of concrete structures, and graduate courses on advanced concrete materials, advanced structural mechanics, nondestructive evaluation, and fatigue and fracture. At WSP, he developed and presented continuing education courses on bridge load rating, fatigue evaluation, gusset plates and accelerated concrete. In 2014 he co-instructed an AREMA sponsored seminar on steel bridge load rating.


8) Ibrahim S. Odeh, PhD, MBA - Vice Chairman of the Board

Ibrahim Odeh is currently the research director and founder of the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) initiative at Columbia University. The main objective of the GLCM team is focused on: (1) studying major challenges faced by management team in international construction projects; (2) analyzing the international construction market industry; (3) developing a SWOT analysis of these markets; and (5) building a comprehensive database of major best practices and trends in managing signature global construction projects. Dr. Odeh also teaches courses in the area of construction engineering and management (CEM) where he also direct the CEM program at the department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics for both the on-campus and on-line tracks. Classes he teaches are focused on: Entrepreneurship for Civil Engineering & Construction; Managing Engineering and Construction Processes; and Principles of Construction Techniques. In addition, Dr. Odeh is consulting with several construction companies as well as other academic institutions on areas related; but not limited to, strategic and business development as well as program and curriculum development. Dr. Odeh received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Construction Management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MBA degree with an emphasis on Finance from Minnesota, USA. He serves as a member of several advisory boards and committees such as the World Economic Forum ‘The Future of Construction’ initiative; CG/LA Infrastructure; Columbia University Global Center – Middle East; AECOM Academy; and C3 Summit. His specialties focuses on: Global Construction; Program and Project Management; Construction Management; Project Control; and Strategic Business and Program Development.


 9) Hesham Kotby, PE, Vice President, HAKS - Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Kotby is a Vice President at HAKS Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors. One of the fastest growing firms in the Metropolitan area, with offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida focused on facilities and infrastructure markets. He is responsible for leading business development and supporting public sector clients in the New York area working with New York City Department of Design and Construction, and New York City Department of Economic Development.  

Mr. Kotby has over 29 years of diverse domestic and international experience in the Structure and Infrastructure sectors, including 22 years of rehabilitation of underground facilities.  

He has been an ASCE member since 1998; a member of CMAA; and currently serves on the board of the Arab American Association of Engineers, Architects and IT Professional (AAAEA). 

Mr. Kotby received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1984. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the states of New York, and Delaware.  


10) Rifat Saleh, PE, Chief Executive Officer, RHS Consulting Design Inc., CT - Vice Chairman of the Board

Mr. Saleh holds a master’s and a bachelor degree in civil engineering. He is an alumnus of University of Hartford, and the University of New Haven, Connecticut. He is the founder of RHS Consulting Design in 2003. He is licensed professional engineer in multiple states. Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees for AAAEA. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Hartford, teaches structural engineering courses, and serves as a structural engineer specialist with Urban Search and Rescue of Connecticut (USAR-CT).

As president and chief engineer, Mr. Saleh is responsible for all the engineering and management activities of the firm. With more than 30 years in the design and construction of the infrastructure projects, his diversified experience includes highway and railroad bridge design, buildings, condition evaluation and rehabilitation of existing bridges, construction administration and management.  He has managed and overseen a vast variety of multi-million dollar projects for ConnDOT, MassDOT, Mass Turnpike, RIDOT, NYDOT and other state and government agencies.


11) Yosry Bekhiet

Yosry Bekhiet is a 25 year veteran in the transportation, Infrastructure and engineering industries, he is the Northeast Business Development Manager of Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I acquired Shaw in February 2013), one of the largest engineering constructions Companies in the United States. Mr. Bekhiet has a master degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College, New York in 1992.

Mr. Bekhiet’s experience includes business development; capture management; team building; bid and proposal preparation; project/program management; national account management; transportation; infrastructure, and facilities consulting for public and private sector clients nationwide. Prior to CB&I, Mr. Bekhiet worked in the Division of Project Planning and Development at the New Jersey State DOT. 

Mr. Bekhiet is interested in Urban Planning, Smart Growth, Land Use-Transportation and Civic Spaces play in community revitalization and the impacts of transportation action on a community and its quality of life. 


12) Fayez Fanik, PE

Mr. Fanik is a Supervisor of Enforcement for the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs. Mr. Fanik is also an instructor at Mercer County Community college teaching building inspection courses for residential, commercial, High-rise, and High Hazard buildings. He is a licensed professional engineer in NY and NJ. Mr. Fanik serves on two committees with the International Code Council, namely, the Consensus Committee on Hurricane Resistant Construction and the Reinforced/Pre-stressed Concrete Exam Development Committee.  



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