Please join the Department of Chemical Engineering for a Distinguished Speaker Seminar on Friday, March 15th from 11:45 am - 1:00 pm in Richards Hall Room 236. Professor & Chair Tahar El-Korchi from Worcester Polytechnic Institute will be presenting on "Bioinspired Infrastructure Materials and Composites".
Abstract: The US spends billions of dollars annually for infrastructure rehabilitation and retrofit. There is a need for a new generation of materials to enhance urban infrastructure resiliency. Bioinspired materials are being developed to fulfill this need. A new generation of waste based geopolymers, cement based composites and polymeric asphalts are being researched and developed to generate sustainable and resilient infrastructure materials. An overview of current materials-based research, applications for the solar decathlon project and fire resistance of related projects in the CEE Department at WPI will be presented.
Bio: Dr. Tahar El-Korchi is a Professor and Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at WPI. He served as Interim Head of the Fire Protection Engineering Department at WPI. Dr. El-Korchi is an expert in the areas of Materials, structures, pavement engineering, and resiliency in the built environment. He is author of over 100 publications, 3 textbooks on Pavement Engineering and 5 book chapters. Dr. El-Korchi is the founder and co-director of the WPI-Morocco Project Center and the WPI-Panama project center which supports students to complete projects at the intersection of technology and society. Dr. El-Korchi was the inaugural Co-director of the newly launched WPI-Tsinghua Center for Global Public Safety. Dr. ElKorchi was the faculty project leader for the Solar Decathlon China 2013 and the current Solar Decathlon Africa 2019 in Morocco. Dr. El-Korchi is a visiting faculty scholar at Hebei University of Science and Technology Tianjin, China. Dr. El-Korchi was the recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award.