Nabil F. Grace Ph.D, PE
College of Engineering Dean,
University Distinguished Professor,
Center for Innovative Materials Research
Dr. Nabil Grace's specialization is structural engineering. He is the director of the Center for Innovative Materials Research (CIMR) at Lawrence Technological University, a multimillion dollar facility dedicated in 2008. This dynamic facility offers students a variety of applied research opportunities and, at this time, is primarily devoted to the investigation of the use of composite materials in concrete structural applications and for defense applications.
Dr. Grace's research interests include application of carbon fiber composites to structural engineering, assessment of dynamic behavior of composite automobile components, environmentally dependent behavior of composites, and infrastructure rehabilitation using composite materials. His research activities have attracted some $15 million in private, state, and federal grants, and have been implemented in the design and construction documents for the first CFRP prestressed highway bridge in the United States. Additional highway bridges using these unique solutions are in development.
Dr. Grace received his master's and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and his bachelor's degree from Cairo University.
Growing up in Tehran, Iran, LTU alumnus Javad Mokhbery, BSME’79, was inspired by the NASA space mission and sets his sights on becoming an engineer and one day meeting the NASA engineers who put a man on the moon.