Ahmad M. Itani is the associate vice president for research and a foundation professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He facilitates university-wide strategic research growth activities, strategic planning and implementation and directs multiple and diverse constituencies in support of research enterprise. He supervises the research development responsible for the expansion of large multidisciplinary proposals and faculty training; manages the university core research facilities (Bioinformatics, Genomic, Proteomic and Forest Reserve); and supervises the undergraduate research and university research data. He was also the chair of the UNR Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, which houses the world known earthquake simulator (four shake tables), the Nevada Water Innovation Institute and the Western Superpave Center.
Itani organized the development of the department’s 2025 vision, strategic planning and faculty succession plans.
His research interests include the seismic behavior of long span steel bridges and the resiliency of communities after seismic events. He investigated the cyclic behavior of the new San Francisco-Bay Bridge (SFOBB) tower shear links, the latticed members of the SFOBB Western spans, and the new towers of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. He developed the seismic specifications for the design of the superstructure of steel plate girder bridges and the stability of rebar cages during construction.
Itani is a past recipient of the Richard S. Fountain Award, presented by the American Iron and Steel Institute and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, as well as the Roebling Award, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which he is a fellow member. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1991. Itani is also a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and professional and structural engineer in California.
The search advisory committee and President Scott Green are pleased to announce that Ahmad Itani has been selected to interview for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
The open session will be held 3 p.m. Pacific time, 4 p.m. Mountain time, Monday, June 22, 2020 in person (attendance limited to 40 attendees) and online via Zoom (registration is required). The recorded session (university login required) and online feedback form will be posted below and will be available until 8 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, July 3, 2020. The President invites feedback on the finalist through the online feedback form.