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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
Associate Professor
Engineering Department
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 25 years of professional experience in consulting and academia. Dr. Tarhini served as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Valparaiso University from 1990 until 2001. The last two years at Valparaiso University served as Chair of Civil Engineering. 

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), forensic engineering, bridge engineering, soils and foundation engineering, traffic engineering, engineering mechanics, probability and statistics for civil engineers, elementary surveying, construction material testing, and the rehabilitation of existing structures.  

Dr. Tarhini authored or co-authored 28 referred journal papers and 79 conference papers. Most of the papers were the results of collaboration with colleagues at the University of Toledo, University of Nevada Las Vegas, American University of Beirut, Valparaiso University and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  

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, Lecture and Laboratory
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis I
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Senior Capstone Design Team Advisor

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • K. Tarhini and D. Vandercoy “Engineer’s Role is Accident Reconstruction” Proceedings of the SEM Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics – Measurements in Advanced Materials and Systems. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2002.
  • R. Ezyk and K. Tarhini “Replacing The Moses Wheeler Bridge” Proceedings of the 21st Annual International Bridge Conference – Lessons From Around the World, Pittsburgh, PA, June 14-16, 2004.
  • 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, pp147-155.
  • 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, pp154-159.
  • 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.
  • 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, pp99-107.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, C. Fleischmann, N. Rumsey, and S. Zelmanowitz “Work-In-Progress: Selection and Execution of Civil Engineering Capstone Design Projects at the United States Coast Guard Academy.” 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.
  • C. Egelhoff, N. Podoll, and K. Tarhini “Work-In-Progress: A Concept Map for Mechanics of Materials.” Proceedings of the 40th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010.
  • 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
  • B. Maggi, H. Jackson, K. Tarhini, and J. Russell “Work-In-Progress: United States Coast Guard Academy Robotics on Water Competition as Recruiting Tool – Program enhancement for STEM and Diversity Outreach.” Proceedings of the 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Rapid City, SD, October 2011.
  • 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.

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)