Osama Abaza

Osama A. Abaza

Professor and Chair
Office: ENGR 210
Phone: (907) 786-6117
Email: oabaza@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Osama Abaza is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).  He is currently serving as the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at UAA School of Engineering.  He is a graduate of Brigham Young University (Ph.D.) and University of Toledo, Ohio (M.S. and B.S.).  He has worked in academia and industry for the past twenty-six years in the field of Civil/Transportation Engineering as it relates to pavement structures, pavement management, highway engineering and materials, and traffic engineering.  He has published more than sixty-two refereed publications in transportation/traffic/materials engineering.

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA, April 1994
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, August 1984
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA, June 1983

Career History

  • Department Chair, Civil Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage AK 99508, June 2011-present
  • Professor (tenured position), Civil Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage AK 99508, July 2009-present
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage AK 99508, August 2007- April 2009
  • Graduate Coordinator for the graduate program in Transportation Engineering, An-Najah National University, 1998-1999, 2004-2007
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 707, Nablus, Palestine, October 2002- June 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire De Lille, Lille- France, June 2004
  • Vice President for Administrative Affairs, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, 1999-2002
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, 1999-2002
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, August 1994- October 2002
  • Project Manager, heading a team to build, furnish, and develop a new modern library with fully electronic services at An-Najah National University, 1998-1999
  • Teaching and Research Assistance, Civil Engineering Department, Brigham Young University, Provo-Utah, USA, September 1992- May 1994
  • Acting Chairman of Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, September 1985- September 1986
  • Instructor, Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, teaching courses in Pavement Design, Transportation Planning, Highway Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Surveying, Construction Materials, and Traffic Engineering, December 1984- June 1992
  • Consultant in areas of Pavement Management Systems (PMS) as it relates to network evaluation and cost analysis, as well as on project bases including inter-urban roads, village access roads, and urban networks
  • Consultant in areas related to quality control of engineering projects including construction of highways and pavement structures, wide range of engineering structures and facilities, and geotechnical aspects of engineering projects
  • Consultant in areas related to evaluation of contracts and bids for several highway transportation projects including Transportation System Management (TSM) projects, highway projects, etc.

Teaching Responsibilites

Undergraduate

  • Properties of Materials CE A334
  • Properties of Materials Lab CE A334L
  • Transportation Engineering CE A402
  • Transportation Engineering CE A405
  • Transportation Engineering CE A406
  • Traffic Engineering CE A423
  • Pavement Design CE A424
  • Highway Engineering CE A425
  • Project Planning CE A437
  • Capstone course: Design of Engineering Systems CE A438
  • Introduction to civil Engineering CE A152
  • Professional Engineering Course: WAQTC Training CE A590A

Graduate

  • Traffic engineering CE A623
  • Pavement Design CE A624
  • Highway Engineering CE A625
  • Thesis CE A699
  • Project CE A686

Professional and Departmental Service

Journal Reviewer:

  • ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • ASCE, Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • IEEE, Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine
  • Many conference review committees

Professional Activities/Memberships

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE
  • American Concrete Institute, ACI
  • Transportation Research Board, TRB
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
    • ASTM Committee C-109 Concrete and Concrete Aggregates
    • ASTM Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials
    • ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing
    • ASTM Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics
    • ASTM Committee E36 on Laboratory and Inspection Agency Accreditation 
  • Intelligent Transportation Society, ITS
  • IEEE - Vehicular Technology Society, VTS
  • International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS
  • Alaska Mobility Coalition

University and SoE Services

  • Chair, UAA-SoE Civil Engineering Department, 2011-present
  • UAA Faculty Senator, 2010-2012
  • UAA Assessment Committee member, 2010-2012
  • UAA Graduate Council member, 2011-present
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee member - School of Engineering, 2008-2011
  • Curriculum Committee Chair/Member - School of Engineering, 2009-2011
  • Curriculum Committee Chair - Civil Engineering department, 2010-present
  • SoE Bylaws Committee member
  • ITE Student Chapter advisor
  • Advising: Undergraduate students advisor, 2007-present
  • Advising: Graduate students in Transportation Engineering

Research Interests

Research in the area of transportation engineering, including roadway and pavement design, pavement management, construction materials, and traffic engineering.

Research in Progress

  • Frequency and Potential Severity of Red Light Running in Anchorage
  • Calibration of National Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for local conditions
  • Utilization of crumbed tire wasted in Portland Cement Concrete
  • Flexural strength behavior of fibber-reinforced rubberized concrete for application in rigid pavements structures
  • Developing a methodology for determination of uncertainty in construction laboratories
  • Effectiveness of raised intersections in urban local/collector roads
  • Developing a multimedia course in properties of construction materials
  • Developing Rubberized Portland Cement Concrete Pavements for Intersection Rutting Mitigation
  • Evaluation of Pedestrian Walking Speed in Cold Regions

Publications

Refereed Journal/Conference Papers

  1. Modeling of Pavement Deterioration in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza and Anthony P. Mullin, 10th International Symposium on Cold Regions Conference,Planning for sustainable Clod Regions, Anchorage, Alaska June 2-5 2013.
  2. Optimization of Speed Control Hump Spacing, Osama A. Abaza, Zaid S. Hussein and Irene S. Malto, ITE Journal August, 2012, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington D. C.
  3. Environmental Impacts of Roadside Snow, Osama A. Abaza and Aaron Dotson. Fifteenth International Specialty Conference on Cold Regions Engineering,Quebec, August 19-22, 2012
  4. Effectiveness of Speed Measures to Improve Roundabout Capacity, Osama A. Abaza. 15th IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, Anchorage, USA. September 16-19, 2012
  5. Simplified Modeling of Pavement Deterioration in Cold Regions, Anthony P. Mullin and Osama A. Abaza, International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol.2 No. 2; February 2012
  6. NCHRP Roundabout Model Calibration to Local Driver's Behavior, Osama A. Abaza, Zaid S. Hussein and James E. Amundsen. International Roundabout Conference, TRB Task Force on Roundabouts, Carmel, Indiana, May 18-20, 2011
  7. Crumbed Rubber for Non-Structural Portland Cement Concrete Applications,Osama A. Abaza and Salem Shatyeh, "Dirasat ", Engineering Science Vol. 37 Iss.2 October 2010, Deanship of Academic Research, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  8. The Impact of Apartheid Measures on Major Arterial Roadway Network in the West Bank Area, Osama A. Abaza" Dirasat", January, 2010, Deanship of Academic Research, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  9. Developing A Pilot Multimedia Tool For Transportation Engineering Education, Osama A. Abaza, Sameer Abu-Eisheh, and Nizar Awartani, International Conference on Society and Information Technologies: ICSIT 2010, Orlando, Florida U.S.A.,April 6th - 9th, 2010
  10. Comparative Analysis of Multilane Roundabout Capacity "Case Study, Osama A. Abaza, and Zaid S. Hussein, 2009 IEEE 70th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., 20-23 September, 2009 
  11. Modeling Pedestrian Behavior on Pedestrian Crosswalks, Osama A. Abaza, and Zahir Abu Sa'a, 2009 IEEE 70th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A., 20-23 September, 2009
  12. Developing a Transportation Plan for Evacuation of Build-up Areas in Case of An Earthquake "Casestudy, Osama A. Abaza, 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), Beijing, China, October 12-17, 2008
  13. Evaluation of Deflection Criterion As A basis for Equivalency Factors for Flexible Pavements Using Finite Elements Method, Osama A. Abaza "Dirasat ", Engineering Science Vol. 34 Iss. 2 October 2007, Deanship of Academic Research, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  14. Simplified M-E Approach for the Design of Flexible Pavement Structures, Osama A. Abaza, An–Najah National University, Journal for Research A (Natural Sciences), Vol. 21 Dec. 2007, An–Najah NationalUniversity, Nablus, Palestine
  15. Developing Pavement Performance Functions for Palestinian Roadway Network, Osama A. Abazaand Eng. Lana K.Shahein, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A (Natural Sciences), Vol. 21 Dec. 2007, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  16. Utilization of Finite Element Modeling in the Development of An M-E Simplified Approach in the Design of PCC Pavements, Osama A. Abaza, The 2nd International Engineering Conference on Construction and Development, The Islamic University, Gaza, Palestine, 3-4 September 2007
  17. Utilization of Olive Oil Liquid Waste as an Additive to Roadway Construction, Osama A. Abaza, Coventry University and The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Centre for By-products Utilization, International Conference: Sustainable Construction Materials and Technologies, Coventry, United Kingdom, 11-13,June, 2007
  18. Assessment of Nuclear Density Measurements in the Quality Control of Highway Construction, Osama A. Abaza, Materials Technology Journal, Dec. 2006 Vol.21-4, United Kingdom
  19. Effect of Wind Speed and Air Temperature on the Durability of PCC Surfaces,Osama A. Abaza, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A (NaturalSciences), Vol. 20 Dec. 2006, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  20. Potential of Utilizing Spent Motor Oil in Portland Cement Concrete, Osama A. Abaza, Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, World Bank (NARP), ISSN: 1119-8362, Vol. 10 (3), September, 2006
  21. Assessment of Higher Education at An-Najah National University, Overall Outlook, Osama A. Abaza, Conference on Quality, Excellence, and Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions, Al-Quds University,Palestine, 24-26/12/2006
  22. Measuring and Modeling of Transport Induced Air Pollution: Nablus Roadway Network as CaseStudy, Marwan Haddad, and Osama A. Abaza, The First International Environmental Form, "A new strategy for developing communities and environment", Tanta University, Egypt, April 2006
  23. Developing a Roughness Criterion as a Basis for Urban Roadway Performance Measurements, Osama A. Abaza, An-Najah National University and Eng. Ma'amoun Al-Galieh Ministry of Public works. International Conference 'Urban Engineering/ Lille2005, Universite Des Sciences Et Technologies De Lille 1, France", October 2005
  24. Comparative Analysis of Using Small Cylindrical Specimens for Compressive Strength of Portland Cement Concrete, Osama A. Abaza, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A (NaturalSciences), Vol. 17 No 2, Dec. 2003, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  25. Effect of Magnesium Finishing Tools Upon Abrasion Resistance of Portland Cement Concrete Surfaces, Osama A. Abaza, "Dirasat" "Vol. 30 No 1 Engineering Science 2003. Deanship of Academic Research. The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  26. The Effect of Capping Condition on the Compressive Strength of Concrete Hollow Blocks. Osama A. Abaza, and Eng. Ameed Abu –Salameh, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A(Natural Sciences), Vol. 15 No 1, June 2003, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  27. The Effect of Size and Shape of Portland Cement Concrete Specimens on Compressive Strength, Osama A. Abaza, and Eng.Ameed Abu –Salameh, "Dirasat "Vol. 30 No 1 Engineering Science 2003 Deanship ofAcademic Research, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  28. Delineation of Noise Map of the Community of Nablus in Palestine. Dr. Essam Rashid, Osama A. Abaza, Dr. Zaid Qamheia, and Dr. Mohamad She, Journal of Acustica Actya Acustica, January 2003, Blacknell, United Kingdom
  29. Durability of Portland Cement Concrete Surfaces Using Wood and Steel Forms for Casting, Osama A. Abaza, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A (Natural Sciences), 13-1-2001, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  30. Developing and Implementing an Integrated Pavement Monitoring and Management Tool for The Palestinian Territories, Osama A. Abaza, and Dr. Sameer Abu–Eisheh,An-Najah National University, Journal for Research A (Natural Sciences)June-2001, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  31. Developing a Pilot Multimedia Tool for Engineering Education, Sameer Abu-Eisheh, Osama A. Abaza, and Nizar Awartani, Conference on TheInstructional Process in the Internet Age, May –2001, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  32. Effect of Speed Humps on Collectors and Urban Arterials in Palestine, Osama A. Abaza and Khaled A. Al–Sahili, Palestine Engineering Conference 2001, College of Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, June –2001
  33. The Effect of Adding Zebar as an Admixtureon the Durability and Permeability of Concrete, Naremean Al–Barq, Riad Abd–Al Kareme, Osama A. Abaza, The Palestine Engineering Conference 2001, College of Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, June 2001
  34. The Interaction Between Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic in CBD Areas of Developing Countries, Osama A. Abaza and Sameer Abu-Eisheh, The 8th World Conference on Transport Research, Antwerp, Belgium, 16-6-1998
  35. Towards Developing an Integrated Tool to Evaluate,Maintain, and Rehabilitate Roads in the Palestinian Territories, Osama A. Abaza and Dr. Sameer Abu – Eisheh, An–Najah National University, The Symposium on Engineering Testing and the Development of Construction Industries, Beir Zait University and Engineering Association, Jerusalem,25-3-1998
  36. Effect of Aluminum Finishing Tools Upon Abrasion Resistance of Portland Cement Concrete Surfaces. Osama A. Abaza and Arnold Wilson, Fourth International Conference on Concrete Technology for Developing Countries, Eastern Mediterranean University, Gazimajusa, NorthCyprus, 7-8 November 1996

Journal/Conference/Meeting Abstracts/Short Articles

  1. Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual Model for Application in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza, Trevor Strait and Iain McPherson, Western ITE Newsletter, May-July, 2011.
  2. Flexural Strength Behavior of Fiber-Reinforced Rubberized Concrete-Potential Application in Rigid Pavements, Osama A. Abaza and Zaid S. Hussein, 2011 ITE Western District Annual Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska.
  3. Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual Model for Application in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza, Trevor Strait, Iain McPherson and Cory Morse, 2011 ITE Western District Annual Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska.
  4. Evaluation of Pedestrian Speed in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza, Mahear Abou Eid, Marwan Jasim and Colleen Wilt, 2011 ITE Western District Annual Meeting, July 10-13, 2011, Anchorage,Alaska.
  5. Consideration for Special Grade Separated Interchanges on Key Junctions in Anchorage-Alaska, Osama A. Abaza and Zaid S. Hussein, 2011 ITE Western District Annual Meeting, July10-13, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska.
  6. Chukchi Sea Monitoring Station Conceptual Framework, Osama Abaza, John Cologgi, Alexandra West and Jeff Eide, 2011 Hawaii University International Conferences On Mathematics and Engineering:Engineering: Partnership Between Academia and Corporate World, June 13 – 15, 2011, Honolulu Hawaii.