Marshall University engineering professor named interim dean of CITE

Monday, August 1, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Wael Zatar, a professor of engineering at Marshall University, has been named interim dean of the school’s College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE), effective today (Aug. 1). Zatar replaces Betsy Dulin, who resigned to return to teaching.

Dr. Gayle Ormiston, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, said a national search for a permanent dean will take place this fall.

“I am confident Dr. Zatar will be able to lead the college in its transition from Dean Dulin to the next permanent dean,” Ormiston said. “He is very enthusiastic about the future of the college and understands its needs. Dr. Zatar has a lot of experience and an outstanding record as a scholar.”

Zatar has been at Marshall since August 2006. He previously served at the University of Kentucky and West Virginia Tech.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve as interim dean,” Zatar said. “We will continue to work on important projects, such as the new engineering building and accreditation issues. We also are creating new areas of emphasis in our engineering program, which is very important.”

Zatar received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Cairo University in Egypt, and his Ph.D., also in civil engineering, from Saitama University in Japan.

He has conducted state-of-the-art research for 21 years and has established strong partnerships and liaisons with funding agencies, industry and research institutions.

Zatar’s research interests include bridge management, construction materials, highway testing standards, advanced experimental destructive and non-destructive testing techniques, reinforced and prestressed concrete, ultra high performance concrete, fiber reinforced polymer composite bridges, green and sustainable highway structures, health monitoring of transportation infrastructure systems, structural repair and retrofit, and specialized rehabilitation systems.

He has 91 technical publications and has written a number of book chapters addressing concrete structures.

At Marshall, he teaches Engineering Materials, Structural Analysis, Structural Steel Design, and Reinforced Concrete Design. In 2009, Zatar received the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Distinguished Young Educator Achievement Award.

He is a member of 15 professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Transportation Research Board, American Concrete Institute, and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.