Abu Al-Rub named Outstanding New Mechanics Educator

Dr. Abu Al-Rub, assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the 2011 Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education's Mechanics Division.Photo of Dr. Abu Al-Rub

Abu Al-Rub will be recognized during the Mechanics Division Banquet June 28 during the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition in Vancouver.

Abu Al-Rub joined the Texas A&M Engineering faculty in 2007. His research interests include multiscale theoretical, computational, and experimental solid and structural mechanics; high-speed impact damage; nonlocal and strain gradient theories; size effects at the micron-, submicron- and nano-length scales; damage and fracture mechanics; cyclic plasticity and fatigue damage; and mechanics of micro- and nanostructures (e.g. thin films, nanowires, electronics, nanocomposites).

He is working on development of micromechanical-based viscoelastic, viscoplastic and viscodamage constitutive and computational models for metals and metal alloys, fiber- and particle-reinforced composites, concrete, asphalt, ceramics, polymers, and biomaterials.

Abu Al-Rub has twice been recognized by The Texas A&M University System with its student-led teaching award, in 2009 and 2011. In 2010 he received the Truman R. Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and recently received the Tenneco Meritorious Teaching Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M. He is on the editorial boards of International Scholarly Research Network Applied Mathematics and the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics.

Abu Al-Rub is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Engineering Science and the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (Irbid, Jordan) and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, all in civil engineering.