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Engineering Welcomes Fulbright Visiting Scholar

The University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) will be hosting Nizar Bel Hadj Ali, an associate professor in civil engineering at the National Engineering School of Gabes (ENIG) at the University of Gabes in Tunisia and a researcher in the Applied Mechanics and Systems Research Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie (EPT) at Carthage University, who has been selected as Fulbright Visiting Scholar!

Bel Hadj Ali research work focuses on soft computing, deployable and active structures and structural health monitoring. He received his PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Savoie (Chambéry, France) in 2003, his master’s degree in civil engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon, France in 1999 and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from ENIG in 1998. Bel Hadj Ali also is a former post-doctoral researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.

As part of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Bel Hadj Ali will conduct research in collaboration with UMCoE’s Landolf Rhode-Barbarigos, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Specifically, their research will focus on investigating the use of the tensegrity concept as a mathematical model for the design of resilient communities and structural system for adaptive applications.

“This opportunity means a great deal to me as a senior scholar and researcher,” Bel Hadj Ali says. “It allows me to extend my research in an international context and to serve as a role model.”

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from more than 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to a full academic year.

“I feel honored that Bel Hadj Ali chose to spend his Fulbright year working at UMCoE,” Rhode-Barbarigos says. “Our goal is to establish a long term research collaboration that can make a global impact.”

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