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Dr. Kassim Tarhini
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Engineering Department
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320

Kassim.M.Tarhini@uscga.edu
(860) 701-6562
Dr. Kassim Tarhini
Civil Engineering, Professor
Department of Engineering
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Dr. Tarhini received his Ph.D. from The University of Toledo, Ohio. His research encompasses the finite element analysis of highway bridges, field and laboratory testing of structures and construction materials. Dr. Tarhini has over 30 years of professional experience in consulting and academia. Dr. Tarhini served as a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department at Valparaiso University from 1990 until 2001. Before joining the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in August 2008, Dr. Tarhini was a Senior Structural Engineer for STV Inc. (Stratford) and Gannett Fleming (New York City). He was assigned to review or perform the analysis and design of fourteen highway bridges in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Areas of expertise include structural analysis and design of buildings (using structural steel, reinforced concrete, and reinforced masonry), bridge engineering, soils and foundation engineering, traffic engineering, engineering mechanics, probability and statistics for civil engineers, surveying, construction material testing, forensic engineering, and the rehabilitation of existing structures. 

Dr. Tarhini authored or co-authored 32 referred journal papers and 100 conference papers. Most of the papers were the results of collaboration with colleagues at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, American University of Beirut, Valparaiso University, University of Toledo, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  

Education:
  • Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1988
  • M.S.C.E. (Structures and Foundations), University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1982
  • B.S.C.E. Magna Cum Laude, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 1981

Courses Taught:
  • Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
  • Statics and Engineering Design
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Senior Capstone Design Team Advisor

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • G. Fawaz, M. Waked, M. Mabsout, and K. Tarhini, “Influence of railings on load carrying capacity of one- and two-lane concrete slab bridges.” Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Civil Engineering, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Athens, Greece, 20-23 June 2016.
  • G. Fawaz, M. Mabsout, and K. Tarhini, “Wheel load distribution in straight and skewed concrete slab bridges stiffened with railings.” Proceedings of the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2016, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-10 August, 2016.
  • M. Hajjar, S. Nuwayhid, M. Mabsout, and K. Tarhini “Wheel load distribution in continuous steel girder bridges stiffened with sidewalks and railings.” Proceedings of the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2016, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-10 August, 2016.
  • J. Amendolara, B. Wolhaupter, E. Bogdan, B. Johannsen, J. Kramb, H. Jackson and K. Tarhini “Coast Guard Airport Pavement Rehabilitation and Storm Water Mitigation.” ASCE Geo-Chicago 2016, Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. August 14-18, 2016, Chicago, Illinois.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, S. Zelmanowitz, and A. Zapalska “The Resilient Civil Engineer with the Changing Global Environment.” Proceedings of the 46th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Erie, PA, October 2016.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, S. Zelmanowitz, and L. Maziar. “Infusing Information Literacy into Civil Engineering Curricula.” ASEE-Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 28- 30 April 2016.
  • E. Jackson, B. Gollin, S. Zwenger, H. Moore, H. Jackson, and K. Tarhini, “Dredge Spoils Management for Sustainable Support of U.S. Coast Guard Missions.” ASEE-Northeast Section Conference, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 28- 30 April 2016.
  • K. Mrakovcich, H. Jackson, I. Frommer, E. Page, K. Tarhini, and A. Waid. “Transitioning from Scholarly Teaching to Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Presented at Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Lilly International Conference, Bethesda, MD, 03 June 2016.
  • K. Mrakovcich, H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, I. Frommer, E. Page, and A. Waid. “Using Case Studies to Enhance Students’ Learning and Critical Thinking.” Presented at Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Lilly International Conference, Bethesda, MD, 03 June 2016.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, C. Fleischmann, and E. Nakagawa. “Ethics Activities in the Civil Engineering Curriculum at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” National Academy of Engineering, February 2016. Infusing Ethics into the Development of Engineers: Exemplary Education Activities and Programs. Washington: National Academies Press. Also, a presentation was made at ASEE National Conference, New Orleans, LA, 28 June 2016.
  • C. Symansky, H. Jackson, and K. Tarhini “Preparing Civil Engineers for Construction Project Management.” ASEE-Northeast Section Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 30 April – 02 May, 2015.
  • K. Tarhini, H. Jackson, S. Zelmanowitz, and A. Zapalska “Developing Ethical Engineers at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy: Integrating Courses, Co-curriculum Activities, and a global Perspective.” ASEE-Northeast Section Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 30 April – 02 May, 2015.
  • H. Jackson, C. Fleischmann, and K. Tarhini “An Approach to Improving Student Learning of Civil Engineering Concepts Using Case Studies.“ Proceedings of the 45th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, El-Paso, Texas, October 2015.
  • H. Jackson and K. Tarhini. “Progressive Integration of Design Process in Civil Engineering Curriculum.” ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Published online October 22, 2015, ASCE, ISSN 1052-3928.
  • H. Jackson and K. Tarhini “Numerical Simulation of Rigid Pavement Behavior to Non-Destructive Impulse Response Testing.” International Journal of GEOMATE (Geotechnique, construction Materials and Environment), Vol. 7, No.2, Serial #14, DEC 2014, pp1062-1069.
  • H. Jackson and K. Tarhini “Numerical Simulation of the Impulse Response Method for Rigid Pavement Evaluation.” 4th Int’l Conf. on GEOMATE (Geotechnique, Construction Materials and Environment) NOV 19-21, 2014. University of Brisbane, Australia.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, and S. Zelmanowitz “Developing Simple and Effective Student Outcome Assessment Methods Using Performance Indicators.” Proceedings of the ABET Symposium, St. Louis, MO, April 2012.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, S. Zelmanowitz, and C. Hatfield “Developing a Simple and Effective method of Assessing Civil Engineering Outcomes.” Proceedings of the 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 2012.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, B. Maggi, and N. Rumsey “Improving Students Understanding of Engineering Concepts Through Project Based Learning.” Proceedings of the 42nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 2012.
  • F. El-Meski, M. Mabsout, and K. Tarhini “Investigation of AASHTO Live-Load Reduction in Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 16, No. 6, November/December 2011.
  • F. Bou Diab, M. Mabsout, and K. Tarhini “Influence of Skew Angle on Live Load Moments in Steel Girder.” Journal of Bridge Structures, Vol. 7, Issue 4, December 2011, pp151-163
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, C. Fleischmann, N. Rumsey, and S. Zelmanowitz “Selection and Execution of Civil Engineering Capstone Design Projects at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” Proceedings of ASEE Northwest Section Conference, Engineering Education for the Digital Generation. Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, May 2010.
  • N. Podoll, K. Tarhini, and H. Jackson “Model Activities for Coordinating Core Engineering Courses.” Proceedings of ASEE Northwest Section Conference, Engineering Education for the Digital Generation. Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, May 2010.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, A. Zapalska, and S. Zelmanowitz “Strategies to Infuse Global Perspectives and Industrial Collaboration in Engineering Education.” Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, A. Morrissey, and N. Podoll “Developing Civil Engineering Leaders at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • N. Rumsey, J. Russell, and K. Tarhini “Innovative Approach to Teaching Undergraduate Reinforced Concrete Design.” Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • J. Russell, K. Tarhini, and H. Jackson “Work-In-Progress: United States Coast Guard Academy Robotics on Water – New Program for STEM and Diversity Outreach.” Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, and S. Zelmanowitz “Addressing Globalization in Civil Engineering at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” Proceedings of the 39th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2009.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, and S. Zelmanowitz “Infusing Industry, Community, and the Coast Guard into the Civil Engineering Program at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” 39th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2009.
  • E. Awwad, M. Mabsout, S. Sadek, and K. Tarhini “Parametric Study of Load Distribution in Four-Sided Concrete Box Culverts.” Journal of Bridge Structures, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Taylor & Francis, June 2008, pp 99-107.
  • C. Menassa, M. Mabsout, K. Tarhini, and G. Frederick “Influence of Skew Angle on Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 2, March 2007, pp 205-213
  • M. Mabsout, K. Tarhini, R. Jabakhanji, and E. Awwad “Wheel Load Distribution in Simply Supported Concrete Slab Bridges.” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 2, March-April 2004, pp 147-155.
  • M. Mabsout, K. Tarhini, E. Awwad, and G. Frederick “Effect of Potholes on Load Distribution in Concrete Slab Bridges.” ASCE Journal of Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2004, pp 154-159.

Honors:
  • Phi Kappa Phi (Scholastic National Honor Society)
  • Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society)
  • Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honor Society)
  • Pi Mu Epsilon (National Honorary Mathematics Society)
  • Recipient of the 1988 ASCE Zone II Daniel W. Mead Prize

Professional Memberships:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
  • President Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (2014-2015)