PhD student Kabir wins S.P. Shah Fellowship from American Concrete Institute


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Hossein Kabir (left) with his advisor, Nishant Garg.
Hossein Kabir (left) with his advisor, Nishant Garg.

CEE at Illinois PhD student Hossein Kabir has been awarded the S. P. Shah Fellowship from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation. This prestigious fellowship supports Ph.D. students who are active members of the ACI and have a passionate interest in concrete materials.

Kabir completed his B.Sc. (2016) from the Sharif University of Technology and M.Sc. (2019) from the University of Toronto. He began his studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2020, where his research centers on leveraging AI and Computer Vision to automate and enhance the durability assessment of cementitious materials. Kabir’s research is advised by assistant professor Nishant Garg.

As an ACI Fellowship recipient, Kabir will receive an educational stipend, paid travel expenses and attendance fees to two ACI conventions, and assistance in finding an industry mentor.
This fellowship was established by the ACI Foundation in the name of Prof. Surendra Shah, who is a Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor at Northwestern University and Presidential Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas Arlington.  Shah was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2019 and is an honorary member of ACI, RILEM, and ASCE.

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This story was published April 30, 2024.