Adel E. Abd El-Nabi

Adel E. Abd El-Nabi, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.

Senior Consultant

Dr. Adel E. Abd El-Nabi has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of failure analysis of buildings and bridges. He serves as a senior consultant for projects related to building enclosure, forensic analysis, litigation support, restoration, and renovation work. He is proficient in performing experimental and numerical simulations utilizing state-of-the-art laboratory testing equipment and advanced finite element methods to investigate the failure behavior of highly complex structural systems. He has assessed, repaired, and designed high-profile structures in the US and overseas, including 3,000+ years old large historical buildings in Egypt, where he conducted non-destructive testing that helped in provide repair and retrofit plans to limit further deterioration of structural components and prevent possible structural failure.

Dr. Abd El-Nabi is also a frequent guest speaker at failure analysis related symposiums. He spoke to national and international audiences on multiple structural engineering topics and has authored numerous technical articles related to structural engineering. In addition, Adel has extensive knowledge of current structural engineering design and assessment codes and standards, including the International Residential and Building Codes, ASCE 7-16, ACI 318-14, AISC Manual and Specifications, NDS 2018, TMS 402/602, and AASHTO. 

Dr. Abd El-Nabi is currently an associate professor at the University of Memphis and enjoys teaching structural engineering courses related to the design of structures using steel, concrete, wood, and masonry materials. He also teaches topics related to advanced finite element methods, earthquake engineering, and nonlinear analysis of structures for graduate-level students.


  • Integrity Assessment of the Pharos of Alexandria during the AD 1303 Earthquake, Engineering Failure Analysis, January 2020
  • Experimental Study on the Nonlinear Behavior of Bearing-Type Semi-Rigid Connections, Engineering Structures, November 2019
  • Why Are the Foundations of the Egyptian Temple of Karnak Crumbling into Sand? An Integrated Archaeological, Geophysical and Engineering Study, Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, March 2019
  • Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of RC Skew Bridges Subjected to Mainshock-Aftershock Sequences, Soil Dynamics And Earthquake Engineering, October 2018
  • Fragility Curves for RC Frames Subjected to Tohoku Mainshock-Aftershocks Sequences, Earthquake Engineering, May 2018
  • Structural Evaluation of Low Volume Roads Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Tennessee Department of Transportation, May 2018
  • Seismic Behavior of Irregular Reinforced-Concrete Structures under Multiple Earthquake Excitations, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, January 2018
  • High-resolution P- and S-wave Seismic Reflection Followed by Engineering Modeling for Geotechnical Site Characterization in Southern Illinois, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, January 2017
  • Effect of Different Aspects of Multiple Earthquakes on the Nonlinear Behavior of RC Structures, Soil Dynamic and Earthquake Engineering, January 2017
  • Advancements in Fragility Analysis Using Numerical Calibration Methods for a Horizontally Curved RC Bridge, Engineering Structures, January 2016
  • See CV for further publications

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