Fouad retires after 40 years on UAB faculty, 25 years as civil engineering chair
Civil engineers understand the importance of building on a strong foundation, and for the past 25 years, Fouad Fouad, Ph.D., has focused on just that.
A member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Engineering faculty since 1981, Fouad took over as chair of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering in 1996 and, for the next quarter-century, laid the groundwork to ensure future success for the department through engineering education, research and community engagement.
As Fouad nears retirement from UAB, colleagues say the department’s current and future success will be due in large part to Fouad’s leadership and the relationships he built over decades.
“It is rare in academia for someone to stay in a position of leadership at one institution for so long,” said School of Engineering Dean Jeff Holmes, M.D., Ph.D. “But at UAB, Dr. Fouad was able to lay a foundation for success and then build on it and foster sustainable growth that will benefit the school long after he is gone. He is leaving a department that is in great shape and is poised for a successful future.”