University Economic Development Association

UEDA 2021


September 19 - 22, 2021



Transformation: Forward Thinking in a Changing World


2021 UEDA Summit Speakers

Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji

Dr. Houssam A. Toutanji

Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, California State University, Northridge

Dr. Houssam Toutanji is dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Management at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Prior to joining CSUN, he served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University (WMU), and the Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Associate Director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts with BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester Massachusetts with Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Toutanji’s research interests include: processing and mechanics of composites, smart materials and smart structures, concrete technology, high performance concrete, sustainable construction materials, bridge design, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, infrastructure renewal and multi-threat mitigation (including blast), impact/damage mechanics, fracture fatigue, nondestructive assessment of materials and structures, bridge design, and structural health monitoring. He is the author/co-author over 80 refereed archival papers in scientific journals and over 120 papers in conference proceedings, in addition to author and contributor to monographs, chapters in books, technical reports, and holder of 1 patent. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on research projects funded by NSF, DOD, NOAA, NASA, Army Corps of Engineers, ALDOT, and UTCA – whose cumulative funding exceeds $7.0 million. He advised 18 doctoral students to completion.

Dr. Toutanji holds a position as a Research Visiting Scholar at Cergy-Pontoise University’s Civil Engineering Department and a Visiting Professor at the University of Gent, Department of Structural Engineering (Gent-Belgium). Dr. Toutanji is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. He also received the NSF-EPSCoR Scholarly Productivity Award, for two years in a row, for research performance, intrinsic merit of research work, and for potential in research. He was selected by the National Science Foundation 14 times to be part of U.S. delegations participating in international conferences and workshops on FRP composites for repair and bridge design. He served as the Associate Director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) for six years. He served an Associate Editor of a number of Journals. He is a Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers and an ABET evaluator for the same society.





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