Yabroudi Chair Focuses on Sustainability, International Engineering in the Developing World

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Joining the L.C. Smith faculty in January 2010, O. “Sam” Salem (right) has extensive industrial experience in civil infrastructure systems, sustainability, and construction management.

His research interests include asset management, green infrastructure and sustainability, lean construction, safety and health engineering, artificial intelligence and automation, and heavy equipment management.

Formerly a professor, director of graduate studies, and director of the Infrastructure Systems and Management Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, Salem has extensive academic and industrial experience in civil infrastructure systems, sustainability, and construction management.

Internationally recognized for his research in infrastructure management and green infrastructure, he is a tremendous resource for SU in one of the most important and progressive areas in engineering.

The Abdallah H. Yabroudi Chair in Civil Engineering was established through a gift from SU Trustee Abdallah H. Yabroudi ’78, G’79 (left) of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), president of the Dubai Contracting Company.

Yabroudi created the endowed fund to allow the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to bring a new faculty member on board to specialize in sustainable civil infrastructures, with an emphasis on international engineering in the developing world.

Salem will help the University develop a critical presence in the Middle East and will be involved with the Syracuse University-DCC Dubai Summer Internship Program. The five-week internship was created by Yabroudi to provide international experience to LCS civil engineering students.