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Caesar Abi Shdid

  • Ph.D. P.E.
  • Associate Professor and Chair
  • Lebanese American University Byblos Campus
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Dr. Abi Shdid is an Associate Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering at the Lebanese American University’s (LAU) School of Engineering. His research focuses on the analysis and assessment of the structural performance of critical infrastructure facilities, including: the thermal effects on the stresses in composite steel-concrete bridges; the effect of corrosion on the performance of deep foundations; the use of analytical and mathematical techniques to process data from advanced sensing technologies to assess structural performance of subterranean structures; experimental testing and numerical analysis of the structural performance of large concrete, prestressed concrete, and steel pipes used in sewer and pipeline networks. Dr. Abi Shdid has a B.E. in Civil Engineering from LAU; and two M.S. degrees is Structural Engineering and in Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Building Construction with a minor in Structural Engineering, all from the University of Florida. Before joining LAU, Dr. Abi Shdid served for eight years in various academic positions in the United States: Assistant Professor of Construction Management at Georgia Southern University, Instructor and Senior Instructor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University (FIU), and Director of External Programs at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Abi Shdid has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on a wide variety of construction engineering and management, and structural engineering topics. In addition to over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, Dr. Abi Shdid is the author of three course-specific textbooks published by Pearson Publishing Inc. Dr. Abi Shdid has been able to secure, in collaboration with other faculty, over $700,000 of external research funding. Dr. Abi Shdid has served as a consultant and technical advisor for several corporations in the United States, and is the president and owner of Phoenicia Engineering and Consulting PLLC—a Florida-licensed engineering design and consulting firm. He is a licensed professional and structural engineer (P.E. and S.E.) in Florida, a registered Engineer in the Order of Engineers and Architects in Lebanon, and OSHA certified in construction safety. Dr. Abi Shdid serves as a Program Evaluator for ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC), as well as being a member on several technical committees such as Mathcad Engineering Technical Committee and ASME Pipes and Pressure Vessels Division’s Technical Committee on Design and Analysis. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); a life member of American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI); a member of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI); a member of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI); a member of ASCE’s Construction Institute (CI); and an Affiliate member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Recent publications

  • An Agent-Based Framework for Simulating Contractors' Safety Behavior

    • Tayeh R
    • Awwad R
    • Shdid C
  • Effect of the number of broken wire wraps on the structural performance of PCCP with full interaction at the gasket joint

    • Hajali M
    • Alavinasab A
    • Shdid C

Professional experience

Associate Professor and Chair

Lebanese American University Byblos Campus

February 2013 - Present

Senior Instructor and Director of External Programs

Florida International University

January 2006 - January 2013(7 years)

Assistant Professor

University of Georgia - Georgia Southern University

July 2005 - December 2005(5 months)


Civil and Coastal Engineering

University of Florida

August 2004 - July 2005(a year)

Building Construction

University of Florida

January 2002 - December 2004(3 years)

Building Construction

University of Florida

January 2000 - December 2001(2 years)

Civil Engineering

Lebanese American University Byblos Campus

September 1994 - June 1999(5 years)