Osama Abaza

Osama A. Abaza

Professor
Office: EIB 301L
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 a graduate of Brigham Young University for his doctoral degree and University of Toledo/Ohio for his master's and undergraduate degrees. He worked in the academic circles and industry for the last 33 years in the field of civil/transportation engineering as it relates to traffic and traffic safety, pavement structures, pavement management, and highway engineering and materials. He published more than 62 refereed publications in civil/transportation engineering. His current research are focused on cold region transportation and traffic safety issues like the use of steel fiber-reinforced rubberized concrete for roadway/intersection rutting mitigation, calibration of National Highway Safety Manual for cold regions applications, frequency and potential severity of red light running, accident reduction factors relating to moose-vehicle collision, etc.
He is a member of the Institute of Traffic Engineers, ASCE, IEEE, ACI and other national and international professional organization.

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

·  Professor, (tenured position) Civil Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, 2900 Spirit  Dr., Anchorage AK 99508, July 2009-Present

· Department Chair, Civil Engineering Department, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage AK 99508, June 2011-2014

· 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, August 1994- October 2002

·     Instructor, Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, September 1984- August 1990

· Acting Chairman of Civil Engineering Department, An-Najah National University, September 1985- September 1986

Teaching Responsibilities

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

Professional Memberships

·  Member of National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panel 17 -68., FY 2014-17

Member of National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project Panel 17 -74., FY 2015-18

 

·Journal reviewer:

o   ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering

o   ASCE, Journal of Transportation Engineering

o   Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture

o   ACI Materials Journal

o   IEEE, Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine

o   Premier Publishers

o   Many conference review committees

·       Consultant for local transportation projects for private agencies, municipalities, government, and NGO’s

·       Chairman of the Board of Trustees and consultant to Meezan Engineering Corporation, 1995-1997

·       Consultant and owner of Abaza Center for Engineering Studies, Consultations and Engineering Laboratories “ACE”, 1997- 2011

·       Membership in twenty-four material specification committees of the Palestinian Standard Institute (PSI)

·       Paper reviewer for An–Najah National University Journal for Research, Part A (Natural Sciences)

·       Board member, An-Najah National University Scientific Journal, 2003-2006

·       Member of the Transportation and Construction Research Center, An-Najah National University 1997-Present

University and College of Engineering Services

·Chair, UAA-SoE Civil Engineering Department 2011-2014

·UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) advisory council 2014-Present.

·UAA P&T grievance review committee member 2014-Present.

·Chancellor Award for community engagement review committee 2014-present.

·Chancellor Community Engagement Task Force 2013-present.

·School of Engineering Bylaws committee 2011-13

·UAA Faculty Senator 2010-2012

·UAACommunity Engagement Task Force (Community Engagement Council) April 2013- Present

·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 

Professional Honors and Certificates

·2013 UAA Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the Service to the Community

·2012 ITE Engineer of the Year.

·2012 Alaska Engineer of the Year nominee.

·Design Competition Award, UAA SoE, 2011.

·WAQTC Certified in all quality control testing modules, ADOT&PF 2010-32015.

·UAA Technology Fellow of the year 2009.

·Others before 2009

Research Interests

Civil/transportation engineering as it relates to traffic and traffic safety, pavement structures, pavement management, and highway engineering and materials.

Funded Research Projects

  • Frequency and Potential Severity of Red Light Running in AnchorageO. Abaza (PI)- Phase II with an estimated budget of $180k, September 2015-August 2017.

·Use of Steel Fiber-Reinforced Rubberized Concrete (SFRRC) in Cold RegionsO. Abaza (PI):

o   Phase one: Rut testing and designing a pavement test section using SFRRC, budget $75K, June 2015-May 2016.

o   Phase two: Construction of the testing section on the new Abbot Road project scheduled for construction in summer of 2016, budget 120K.

o   Phase three: Five year monitoring of the pavement test section and analysis of the life cycle cost versus traditional pavements, budget 75K, June 2016-May 2018.

·Develop Highway Safety Performance Function Calibration Factors for Alaska, O. Abaza (PI), $150k, Jan. 2015 – Feb. 2017.

·Accident Reduction Factors Relating to Moose-Vehicle Collision Crash Types, O. Abaza (PI), $120k, Jan. 2015 – Apr. 2017.

·Highway Patrol Investment Levels versus Crash Outcomes, O. Abaza (PI) $166k, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2016.

·Analyzing Driver Behavior in Passing Zones with Differential Speed Limits on Two-Lane Undivided Highways in Alaska, O. Abaza (CO-PI), $145k, Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2016.

·Performance Evaluation of Depressed Medians On Divided Highways in Alaska, O. Abaza (CO-PI), $122k, Oct. 2013 – Dec. 2016.

Other Research Projects

·Evaluation of crashes caused by pavement rutting on highway intersections.

·Frequency and Potential Severity of Red Light Running in Anchorage

·Calibration of National Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for local conditions

·Utilization of crumbed tire waste in Portland Cement Concrete

·Flexural strength behaviour of fiber-reinforced rubberized concrete for application in rigid pavements structures

·Performance of Permeable Asphalt Pavements in Cold Regions

·Performance of Heated Permeable Asphalt Pavements in Cold Regions

·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 MitigationDeveloping Rubberized Portland Cement Concrete Pavements For Intersection Rutting Mitigation


 

Publications


Refereed Journal/Conference Papers (period 1996-2013)

  1. ·Flexural Behavior Of Steel Fiber-Reinforced Rubberized Concrete, Osama A. Abaza and Zaid S. Hussein, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Volume 28, issue 1, January 2016.
  2. ·Frequency and Potential Severity of Red Light Running In Anchorage Alaska, Osama A. Abaza and Trevor Strait, 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, October 6-8, 2015.
  3. ·Calibration of the Highway Safety Manual Model for Urban 4-leg Signalized Intersections for Application in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza and Trevor Strait, 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, October 6-8, 2015.
  4. ·Evaluation of Pedestrian Walking Speeds in Cold Regions,Osama A. Abaza, 3rd International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2015), 13-14 April 2015, Singapore.
  5. ·Flexural Behavior Of Flat-End Steel Fiber-Reinforced, Osama A. Abaza and Zaid S. Hussein, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Volume 26, number 8, August 2014.
  6. ·Simulation of a Bus Transit Signal Priority Scheme, Osama A. Abaza andJonathan Knowles, 4th International Conference on Road Safety and Simulation, 22-25 October 2013 Rome, Italy.
  7. ·Modeling of Pavement Deterioration in Cold Regions, Osama A. Abaza andAnthony P. Mullin, 10th International Symposium on Cold Regions Conference, Planning for sustainable Clod Regions, Anchorage, Alaska June 2-5 2013.
  8. ·Optimization of Speed Control Hump Spacing, Osama A. Abaza, Zaid S. Hussein and Irene S. Malto, Institute of Transportation Engineers “ITE”, August, 2012.
  9. ·Environmental Impacts of Roadside Snow, Osama A. Abaza and Aaron Dotson. Fifteenth International Specialty Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, Quebec, August 2012.
  10. ·       Effectiveness of Speed Measures to Improve Roundabout Capacity, Osama A. Abaza. 15th IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, Anchorage, USA. Sept. 16-19, 2012.
  11. ·Simplified Modeling of Pavement Deterioration in Cold Regions, Anthony P. Mullin andOsama A. Abaza, International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, Vol. 2 No. 2; February 2012.
  12. ·       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.
  13. ·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
  14. ·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
  15. ·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, April 6th - 9th, 2010, Orlando, Florida U.S.A.
  16. ·Comparative Analysis of Multilane Roundabout Capacity “Case Study, Osama A. Abaza, and Zaid S. Hussein, 2009 IEEE 70th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009, 20-23 September, 2009 Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
  17. ·Modeling Pedestrian Behavior on Pedestrian Crosswalks, Osama A. Abaza, and Zahir Abu Sa’a, 2009 IEEE 70th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009, 20-23 September, 2009 Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.
  18. ·Developing a Transportation Plan for Evacuation of Build-up Areas in Case of An Earthquake "Case study, Osama A. Abaza, 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14WCEE), October 12-17, 2008, Beijing, China
  19. ·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
  20. ·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 National University, Nablus, Palestine
  21. ·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
  22. ·       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, 3-4 September 2007, The Islamic University, Gaza, Palestine
  23. ·       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, 11-13,June, 2007, Coventry, United Kingdom
  24. ·     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
  25. ·Effect of Wind Speed and Air Temperature on the Durability of PCC Surfaces, Osama A. Abaza, An – Najah National University, Journal for Research A (Natural Sciences), Vol. 20 Dec. 2006, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  26. ·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
  27. ·       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
  28. ·Measuring and Modeling of Transport Induced Air Pollution: Nablus Roadway Network as Case Study, Marwan Haddad, and Osama A. Abaza, The First International Environmental Form, "A new strategy for developing communities and environment", Tanta University, Egypt, April 2006
  29. ·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/ Lille 2005”, October 2005 Universite Des Sciences Et Technologies De Lille 1, France
  30. ·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 (Natural Sciences), Vol. 17 No 2, Dec. 2003, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  31. ·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
  32. ·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
  33. ·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 of Academic Research, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  34. ·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
  35. ·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
  36. ·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
  37. ·Developing a Pilot Multimedia Tool for Engineering Education, Sameer Abu-Eisheh, Osama A. Abaza, and Nizar Awartani, Conference on The Instructional Process in the Internet Age, May –2001, An–Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  38. ·Effect of Speed Humps on Collectors and Urban Arterials in Palestine, Osama A. Abaza and Khaled A. Al–Sahili, Palestine Engineering Conference 2001, June –2001, College of Engineering, An-Najah National university, Nablus, Palestine
  39. ·The Effect of Adding Zebar as an Admixture on the Durability and Permeability of Concrete, Naremean Al–Barq, Riad Abd –Al Kareme, Osama A. Abaza, The Palestine Engineering Conference 2001, June 2001, College of Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
  40. ·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, 16-6-1998, Antwerp, Belgium
  41. ·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, 25-3-1998, Beir Zait University and Engineering Association, Jerusalem
  42. ·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, 7-8 November 1996 Eastern Mediterranean University, Gazimajusa, North Cyprus