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A. O. Abd El Halim

Professor of Transportation Engineering and Director of Infrastructure Protection and International Security

Degrees:B.Sc. (Alexandria), M.A.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Waterloo) , F.C.S.C.E., F.C.A.E., P.Eng.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5789
Office:2486 (Mackenzie) and 1418 (Dunton Tower)
Website:Visit the Centre for Advanced Asphalt Research and Technology

Prof. Halim’s mailbox is located in room 3432 C.J. Mackenzie Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada

Teaching Assignments 2019-2020

  • IPIS5501 Transportation and Aviation Security

Previous Teaching Assignments

  • ECOR3800 Engineering Economics
  • CIVE3304 Transportation Engineering and Planning
  • CIVE4209 Highway Engineering
  • CIVE4400 Construction/Project Management
  • CIVE4908 Design Project
  • ENVE4908 Design Project
  • CIVE5303 Pavements and Materials Engineering
  • CIVE5805 Transportation and Aviation Security (also under CIVE5806)
  • CIVE5806 Advanced Pavement Engineering and Management (also under CIVE5805)
  • IPIS5501 Transportation and Aviation Security
  • IPIS5907 Engineering Project

Research Interests

Dr. Abd El Halim is a tenured Professor at Carleton University.  He has been the Director of the Centre for Geosynthetics Research Information and Development, C-GRID since 1987. Professor Abd El Halim is the inventor of the asphalt roller AMIR that has revolutionised the field of pavement construction. During the past 18 years at Carleton, Professor Halim has established Carleton University as an international leading research centre in the fields of transportation engineering, asphalt pavements, and the use of Geosynthetics in civil engineering applications. His research has generated more than $3.5 million in grants and research contracts from Canadian, American, Australian and Egyptian clients. He is the author or co-author of more than 270 Journal/Conference papers and technical reports. Apart from the development of a new compaction technology for asphalt as well as concrete road pavements; work in the field of asphalt compaction has resulted in the invention of a new roller, AMIR, Prof. Abd El Halim’s research is also being carried out on the development of engineering applications, using new products such as geogrid reinforcement, transportation-related topics, economic analysis, and strength of materials.  

Honours and Awards

Dr. A.O. Abd El Halim was awarded the 2005 Sandford Fleming Award by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) for his remarkable contributions to the development and practice of transportation engineering in Canada. The award was presented on June 3 at the 2005 Awards Banquet hosted by the CSCE at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. He is a well known keynote speaker, reviewer, and the member of several important committees having been named the 1999 Top Newsmaker by the USA magazine, Engineering News Record. He also won the NOVA award by the Construction Innovation Forum, the Nobel prize for construction innovation, making him the first civil engineer to receive both awards in the same year. In recognition of his achievements, Professor El Halim was elected a Fellow to the CSCE in 1998.

  • 2010 Canada Academy of Engineering Fellowship, June
  • 2009 Transportation Academic Merit Award, 2009 Transportation Association of Canada, October
  • 2009 Government of Egypt list of 37- Distinguised Egyptians Abroad, Cairo, July 28
  • 2009 Best paper Award MAIREPAV2009, Torino, Italy
  • 2005 Sanford Fleming Award, 2005 CSCE for Transportation Engineering
  • 2000-2001 Student Choice Awards, Best Professor for 2000/2001. The International Students Centre
  • 1999 The Egyptian Authority for Industrial Production’s award for Innovation
  • 1999 NOVA award for Innovation in Construction
  • 1999 Engineering News Record Top News-Maker of the Year
  • 1998 Earl Kee Award for Best Paper presented at CTAA
  • 1998 Carleton Research Achievement Award ($10,000)
  • 1997 Japanese International Fellowship
  • 1996 Keefer Medal for 1996 best paper in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering
  • 1994 Earl Kee Award for Best Paper presented at CTAA
  • 1992 Editor’s Award for Best Paper, CTAAW, 1992
  • 1992 Carleton Research Achievement Award ($10,000)
  • 1992 L.W. Gold Publication Award for Best Research Paper, NRC
  • 1991 Editor’s Award for Best Paper, CTAA
  • 1988 Scholarly Achievement Award, Faculty of Engineering, Carleton University
  • 1982 The President’s Gold Medal, for best research paper in the 1982 RTAC Conference, Halifax, Canada
  • 1982 Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Assistantship Award, for teaching assistantship excellence, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • 1981 RTAC Scholarship, Roads and Transportation Association of Canada
  • 1975-1976 Civil Engineering Department Award for Teaching Assistantship, Alexandria University, Egypt for 1974 and 1975
  • 1973 Harbour’s Award for Outstanding B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • 1973 Distinction and Best Fourth Year Project, B.Sc., Alexandria University, Egypt
  • 1967-1972 Undergraduate Government Scholarship, Alexandria University, Egypt for 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1972

Graduate Students

(Name withheld)  Ph.D. (In Prog.) co-supervised with Dr. S. Easa
(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Mir Aamer Ali  Ph.D. (In Prog.) co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan
(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Anandkumar Chelliah Ph.D. (In Prog.) Evolution of New Compaction Techniques in Flexible Pavement co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan, M.Eng. (Project) (2013)
(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)
(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)
(Name withheld) Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Luciana Omar Ph.D. (2019)
Mohammad Ramezani Ph.D. (In Prog.)
Eric Shaw MENG Project. (2017) co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan
Alaa Sindi Ph.D. (2019.) co-supervised with Dr. S. Easa
Hasan Tayyeb Ph.D. (2018) co-supervised with Dr. S. Easa      M.Eng. (Project) (2012) Evaluation of a Road Transportation Improvement Plan for Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Mubarak Al-Falahi Ph.D. (2015) Development of Economic and Reliable Tool for Condition Survey and Middle Management of Asphalt Pavement (co-supervised by Prof. Hafez)
Abdullah Al-Kathairi Ph.D. (2015)
Baraa Alfasi M.Eng. (Project) (2015)
Moustafa Awadalla M.A.Sc. (2015) (co-supervised with Y. Hassan)
Omran R. Maadani Ph.D. (2015)
Omar Abdelalim Ph.D. (2014) Blast Hazard Mitigation through Vented Suppressive Shields
Ahmed Haggag M.Eng. (Project) (2014)
Mohammed Al-Hussaini M.A.Sc. (2014) co-supervised with Dr. Y. Hassan
Amal Abdulsalam M.A.Sc. (2012) The Effect of Automated Speed Cameras on Fatal Traffic Collisions in Kuwait
Eric Hurley MIPIS Project (2012) Optimization of Expanded Asphalt Pavement for Airfield Construction
Roza Malunga M.Eng. (Project) (2012) A Comparative Study on the Different Methods Used in the Design of Flexible Pavements in Order to Check the Applicability for Developing Countries in the Tropical Regions like Zambia
Mohamed M. Alkoka M.A.Sc. (2011) A Framework for Assessment of the Decision-Making Process of Winter Road Maintenance Operations
Osama Ibrahim Ph.D. (2011) Dynamic Behaviour of Short-Term Floating Bridges
Muslim Majeed Ph.D. (2011) Enhancing the Mechanical Properties of Concrete Structures Subjected to Impact Loads using Ferro-cement , M.Eng. (Project) (2001) Resilient Modulus Test for Characterization of Granular Pavement Materials
Christiane Raab Ph.D. (2011) Development of a Framework for Standardisation of Interlayer Bond of Asphalt Pavements
Adnan Mohamed Hammoud M.A.Sc. (2010) Causes, Mechanisms, and Remedies of Top-Down Cracking of Asphalt Pavements: State-of-the-Art
Mohamed Mokbel El-Shafey Ph.D. (2009) Development of Guidelines for Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials
Stephen Norman Goodman Ph.D. (2009) Quantification of Pavement Textural and Frictional Characteristics using Digital Image Analysis , M.Eng. (2000) Design, Development and Validation of the In-Situ Shear Stiffness Test (InSiSSTTM)Facility for Asphalt Concrete Pavements
Dalia Galal Said Ph.D. (2008) Development of the Interrelationship Between Driver Behaviour and Highway Design and Safety
Pedro Tomas Martinez M.Eng. (Project) (2008) A Framework For Sustainable Transportation In Southeastern Spain
Rashed Alkaabi Ph.D. (2006) Development of a Framework for Resource Planning and Allocation in Service Organizations
Arash Khoshghalb M.A.Sc. (2006) Modifying HMA Stone Aggregates Prone to Stripping With Lime-Based Additives under Controlled Curing Conditions
Yassin E. Adam M.A.Sc. (2005) Asphalt Concrete Characterization Using the Complex Modulus Technique
Abdelzaher Ezzeldeen Ahmed Mostafa Ph.D. (2005) The Stripping Susceptibility of Airfield Asphalt Mixes: The Development of Guidelines for a Laboratory Test Method
Osman Mahmoud Ali M.Eng. (2005) Evaluation of AASHTO 2002 Pavement Design Guide
Jiewu Li M.Eng. (2005) State-of-the-Art of the Design of Asphalt Concrete (AC) Overlays
Nasr Slabi M.Eng. (2005) An Effective Laboratory Shear Strength Test Technique for Asphalt Concrete Pavement
Phaik Hoon Yew M.Eng. (2005) State-of-the-Art Review on Top-Down Cracking Initiation and Propagation in Asphalt Pavements
Farid Alarcon M.Eng. (2004) Comparison of Static and Dynamic Methods to Assess Capacity of Components in Passenger Terminal Building.
Abdolhadi Bardestani M.Eng. (2004) Development of a Safety Index for Signalized Intersections in Kuwait
Mohamed Sarhan M.A.Sc. (2004) Safety Performance of Freeway Merge and Diverge Area
Marjan Rohani M.A.Sc. (2004) Modification and Verification of the InSiSST Facility for Evaluation of Asphalt Concrete Shear Properties
Ahmed El-Desouky Ibrahim Ph.D. (2003) Experimental and Analytical Studies of Friction Characteristics for Airfield Pavements Wael Bekheet Ph.D. (2003) Investigation of In-Situ Shear Properties of Asphalt Concrete
Mohamed Mokbel El-Shafey M.A.Sc. (2003) Utilization of Artificial Neural Network in the Evaluation of Level of Service in Canadian Airports
Yosr Ismail M.Eng. (Project) (2002) A Statistical Approach for Winter Maintenance Operations: A Case Study of the City of Ottawa
Khaled Anwar Kandil Ph.D. (2002) Analytical and Experimental Study of Field Compaction of Asphalt Mixes
Joanne Kelly Pagani Ph.D. (2002) Developing a Framework for a National Strategy for Baggage Handling at Airports
Hussain Ahmed Al-Harthei M.A.Sc. (2002) A Framework For The Study Of Traffic Collisions At Intersections In The City Of Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Glen Furtado M.A.Sc. (2002) Vehicle Stability on Combined Horizontal and Vertical Alignments
Katherine Anne Keegan M.Eng. (1998) Field and Laboratory Investigation of the Effect of Cold In-Place Recycled Asphalt on Transverse Cracking
Ahmed Shalaby Ph.D. (1997) Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Thermal Cracking in Asphalt Pavements
Yasser Hassan Ph.D. (1996) Geometric Design Considerations of Combined Horizontal and Vertical Highway Alignments
Aly A.M. Sherif M.Eng. (Project) (1996) Nonparametric Analysis of Pavement Reliability
Hosny Abbas Hosny Mohamed Ph.D. (1995) Development of Optimal Strategies for Bridge Management Systems
Robert Veizer M.Eng. (1994) Design of a Crumb Rubber Modified Asphalt Pavement Using the Stone Mastic Asphalt Concept
Ahmad Khodadadi-Darban M.Eng. (1993) The Effect of Compaction Method On the Fatigue Life and Elasto-Plastic Properties of Asphalt Pavements
Moin El-Herraoui M.Eng. (1993) Crack Control in Reinforced Concrete Slabs Using Polymer Grids
Mario G. Gervais M.Eng. (1993) Effects of the Properties of Geogrids on Reinforced Asphalt Pavements
El Hussein Hassan Mohamed Ph.D. (1991) Stripping of Asphalt Concrete Surfaces
Ali A. Elgabroni M.Eng. (1990) Structural Behaviour of Concrete Beams Reinforced with Polymer Grids and High Strength Steel
David Lorne Lindensmith M.Eng. (1989) Geogrid Reinforced Rigid Pavement Systems
Michael Chi-Kit Chan M.Eng. (1987) Grid Reinforced Unpaved Roads