School of Engineering

Ghassan Tarakji, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil Engineering

Discipline: Transportation
Office: SCI 126
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Phone: (415) 338-1851
Fax: (415) 338-0525
Email: gtarakji@sfsu.edu
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Ghassan Tarakji

Education

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Clemson University 1983
  • M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 1980
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1978

Licenses

  • Registered Professional Engineer CA Reg# D131215 (Civil)
  • Nuclear Gauge Licence No. 12206 (Troxler Electronic Labs.)

Area of Interest

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Roadway engineering
  • Operations research
  • Statistical quality control
  • Project management

Awards & Recognition

  • Who's Who in American Education, 1995
  • EMI Summer Fellowship, 1995
  • SFSU Meritorious Performance Award, 1990
  • Who's Who is the South and Southeast, 1987

Consulting & Industrial Experience

1986 - presentSenior Partner, Sigma Engineers. Responsibilities have included project management, residential design, highway engineering, design reviews, and software development.
1978 - 1979Site Engineer, OTAC Contracting Limited. Full-time position in construction engineering and site management.
Summer 1978Design Intern, Consulting Engineering Bureau. Full-time position in estimating and engineering design.

Teaching Experience

1986 - presentProfessor of Civil Engineering (Assistant 86-90 and Associate 90-93). Full-time, tenured position at San Francisco State University, SF, CA.
1992 - presentInstructor, Professional Engineering License Exam (Traffic Engineering). Professional Engineering Institute, Belmont, CA
1996 - 1997Visiting Professor, Department of Construction Engineering, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.
1989 - 1990Program Director and Co-Instructor, California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) P.E. Review Course. Fifteen week course sponsored by the training office at CALTRANS and offered through the Contract Education Office at San Francisco State University.
1983 - 1986Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. Full-time, tenure-track position at Florida A&M Univerisity and Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
1980 - 1983Teaching & Research Assistant. Part-time position at the Department of Civil Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.
1979 - 1980Teaching Assistant in Engineering Mechanics. Part-time position at the Department of Engineering Mechanics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Consulting & Industrial Experience

1993 - 1995Chair, Hiring, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, School of Engineering, San Francisco State University.
1990 - 1993Summer Session Coordinator, College of Science, San Francisco State University.
1987 - 1989General Education Coordinator, Division of Engineering, San Francisco State University.
1983 - 1984 Interim Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, Florida A&M, Florida State University, College of Engineering.

Software Development

  • Investigative study for the development of a real-time traffic accident data collection and transmission system.
  • Development of a computer program for calculating the optimal orientation of airport runways.
  • Development of a software package for simulating correlated multivariate normally distributed variates. Federal Aviation administration Eastern Region.
  • Development of a multivariate numerical integration program. Federal Aviation Administration Eastern Region.

Research Experience

  • Survey of the citizens' perception of the quality of roadway surfaces in San Francisco. Funded by the Department of Public Works, City and County of San Francisco. Under Review.
  • Implementation of quality management program using performance standards Workshop -- Application of price adjustment factors. Project Director. Funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). 1995.
  • Survey and analysis of street pavements in San Francisco. Funded by the Department of Public Works, City and County of San Francisco, 1995.
  • Study of water usage and the development of management policies. Co-Principal Investigator. Funded by the Facilities Operations Plant, San Francisco State Universtiy. 1993-1994
  • The effect of Trenching on the service life of pavements. Principal Investigator. Funded by the Department of Public Works, City and County of San Francisco. 1992-1994.
  • A Practical procedure for determining the contractor's home office overhead. Principal Investigator. Funded by the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 1992
  • Analysis of railroad-highway accidents at gated crossings. Principal Investigator. Funded by the California Public Utilities Commission. 1990-1991.
  • Evaluation of the performance of sleeve-type anchors under various embedment conditions. Principal Investigator. Funded by Pacific Bell, 1989-1990.
  • Evaluation of material properties of damaged power lines. Consultant (Analysis of Mechanical Properties). Funded by the California Public Utilitites Commission. 1989
  • The development of low cost methods for providing seismic strength to existing unreinforced masonry buildings. Principal Investigator. Research and Professional Development Grant, San Francisco State University. Spring 1989.
  • The development of a Computer Work Station for Surveying and Highway Design. Project Director. SFSU Lottery Grant. 1987-1988.
  • The development of classification criteria for highway drainage pipes. Faculty Advisor. Federal Highway Institute Student Internship Award, U.S. Department of Transportation. 1985.
  • Multivariate acceptance criteria for airport asphalt pavements. Research Assistant. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Eastern Region. Contract amount: 198101983.
  • An investigation of the use of light-weight fillers, polypropylene fibers, and admixtures to produce ultra-light-weight, moderate-strength concrete. Department of Civil Engineering, FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. 1984

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Tarakji, G., "The Effect of Utility Cuts on the Service Life of Pavements in San Francisco," Vol I, Ver. 1.1, 1997.
  2. Tarakji, G., "The Effect of Utility Cuts on the Service Life of Pavements in San Francisco," Final Report. Vol I & II, 1995.
  3. Tarakji, G. and El-Imam, A., "A Practical Procedure for Determining the Contractors Home-Office Overhead," Final Report. NTIS, 1994
  4. Tarakji, G., Goodarzi, A., and Liou, S., "The Effect of Electrical Arc on the Mechanical Properties of Coppoer Conductor - Results of Experimentally Generated Electrical Arc Incited by Metallic Balloons." Athens Power Tech (APT '93), Grece, Sept 5.
  5. Tarakji, G., "A Rationale for the Development of an End-Result Design Method for Bituminous Concrete." Journal of Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1992.
  6. Nnaji, S., Burati, J. L., and Tarakji, M. G., "Field Validation of Statisticlly Based Acceptance Plans for Bituminous Airport Pavements," Vol4, Computer Simulation of Acceptance Criteria. National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Washington, D.C., 1984.
  7. Tarakji, G., Goodarzi, A., and Liou, S., "The Effect of Electrical Arc on the Mechanical Properties of Copper Conductor." Proceedings of the Canadian Conference on Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Tornoto, Ontario, Sept 13-16, 1992.
  8. Tarakji, G., "Bivariate Normal Tables: A Guide for their Application." Monogram, 1988.
  9. Tarakji, G., "Lessons not Learned from the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake." Paper accepted for publication in the American Society of Civil Engineers Professional Issues in Engineering Journal, 1991.
  10. Tarakji, G., "Lessons not Learned from the Catastrophic Collapse of Highway Structures in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in Northern California." Third U.S. Conference on Lifeline Engineering, Los Angeles, California, 1991.
  11. Tarakji, G., Krishnan, V. V., and Taylor S, "Analysis of Railroad- Highway Accidents at Gated Crossings, Final Report." California Public Utilities Commision, San Francisco, California, 1991.
  12. Goodarzi, G.A. and Tarakji, G.,"Arc Flash-Over Fault Effect on MEchanical Characteristics of Copper Conductor." Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers 1990 Winter Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 1990.
  13. Tarakji, G., "Experimental Analysis of the Pull-Out Strength of Sleeve-Type Anchors Embedded in Regular-Weight Concrete." Final Report. Pacific Bell, 1990.
  14. Tarakji, M. G., Editor, PProceedings of the 1988 Earthquake Resistant Structures Seminar Series." Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State University, 1988.
  15. Tarakji, M. G., "The Development of Bivariate Norman Distribution Tables, Application: Statistical Quality Control Employing Dual Acceptance Variable," Proceedings, the Sixteenth International Association of Science and Technology for Development Conference, Paris, France, 1987.
  16. Tarakji, M. G., "A Rationale for Simulating Correlated Acceptance Variables in Statistical Quality Control, Case Study: Acceptance Variables of the Marshall Test of Asphalt Pavements," Proceedings, the Twelfth International Association of Science and Technology for Development Conference, Montreal, Canada, 1985.
  17. Tarakji, M. G., "A Rationale for the Application of Price Adjustment Factors in Pavement Construction," Presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers Florida Section, Coco Beach, Florida, 1985.
  18. Nnaji, S., Burati, J. L., and Tarakji, M. G., "Simulation Methodology for Estimating Bias for Asphaltic Concrete Mixes," Proceedings, the Tenth International Association of Science and Technology for Development Symposium on Applied Simulation and Modeling, San Francisco, California, 1984.
  19. Tarakji, G., "Fatigue Tensile Loading Analysis-Metallic Balloon Disruption and Damage on Electrical Power System Tests." Supplement to "Investigation of Possible Metallic Balloon Caused Problems in Electrical Overhead Powerline, VolII" by A. G. Goodarzi. Report Submitted to the California State Legislature by the California Public Utilities Commision, 1989.
  20. Tarakji, M. G., "A Statistial Approach to the Quality Control of Asphalt Pavements Using Multiple Acceptance Variables," Proceedings, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers Florida Section, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1984
  21. Tarakji, M. G., "Legal Challenges to Construction Arbitration," Proceedings, Annual Meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers Florida Section, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1984.

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