TTI Research ScientistInfrastructure Protection
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3100 State Highway 47, Room 100
Bryan, TX 77807
(979) 317-2682 x42682
- Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
- M.S., Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, 1989
- B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Baghdad, 1986
Dr. Abu-Odeh is a research scientist and program manager in the Infrastructure Protection program at TTI. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Since joining TTI in late 1995, Dr. Abu-Odeh has been actively involved in finite element modeling and simulation of vehicular impacts with roadside safety structures using LS- DYNA. Recent projects include developing finite element models of a tubular W-beam bridge rail, a temporary concrete traffic barrier for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and a slip base luminaire pole under a Cooperative Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). These projects included validation of the LS-DYNA finite element models against full-scale crash tests using various qualitative and quantitative measures.
Dr. Abu-Odeh has broad experience in numerical simulation of structural systems based on formal course work of finite element analysis of structures and extensive use of finite element codes such as LS-DYNA and ABAQUS. Moreover, Dr. Abu-Odeh has participated in several advanced training workshops pertaining to LS-DYNA, Non-linear Finite Element Method, effective use of super computers, and optimization of computer codes. Dr. Abu-Odeh's other research/professional interests include design optimization of structures and structural dynamics.