Chairman & Professor, Construction Program Head
Jobst Hall 108
Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Oklahoma
M.Sc., Civil Engineering (Structural), University of Oklahoma
B.Sc., Building Engineering and Construction, l’Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis
Dr. Elhouar joined the faculty of Civil Engineering and Construction at Bradley University in the Fall of 1994. He holds an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma. He is interested in the design and implementation of artificial intelligence applications in structural engineering, and in the study of connection design methodologies and the analysis of the behavior of composite members. His achievements include the development of brace force prediction equations for Z-purlin supported roof systems. These equations were adopted by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and incorporated in their Cold-Formed Steel Design Specification and Manual. He also developed many expert-system and conventional computer applications, the most notable of which was the steel connection design expert system called CONXPRT, that were widely used by the steel industry.
Dr. Elhouar specializes in the analysis and design of steel structures and he has taught steel design and advanced steel design courses many times. Currently, he is involved in teaching the structural section of the Civil Engineering Senior Design Project course, AutoCAD, and an introductory computer technology course. He also teaches the Steel and Concrete Design and the Wood and Masonry Design courses in the CEC Construction program on a regular basis.
Dr. Elhouar’s research interests include the design and implementation of artificial intelligence applications in structural engineering, the study of connection design methodologies, the analysis of the behavior of composite members, and the study of structural steel systems and components through the use of advanced computer modeling techniques.
Dr. Elhouar has authored and co-authored many technical articles dealing with the analysis and design of cold-formed steel structures and the incorporation of artificial intelligence techniques in the automation of structural design. He has also published papers to discuss the use of new computer technology in college teaching and to present his work involving the development of electronic steel design aids and the rehabilitation of an old multistory steel hotel building. These articles were published in national and international magazines and conference proceedings.
Dr. Elhouar has been involved in a number of service oriented activities, the most notable of which are running the CEC Bridge-Pal program and helping CEC students build playgrounds for local schools and communities. He serves as the advisor to the BU student chapter of the Construction Honorary Society Sigma Lambda Chi and he is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and serves on the AISC Partners In Education (PIE) committee. On the local front, Dr. Elhouar serves on the Peoria Race Relations Commission.