Mohamed Harajli was appointed provost of the American University of Beirut effective March 20, 2017, after serving as interim provost for a period of almost two years.
Provost Harajli earned his BE in civil engineering with distinction from AUB in 1979, MS in civil engineering from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in 1981, and PhD in structural engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1985. He holds the prestigious AlKharafi Endowed Chair in Construction Engineering, awarded in 2013.
Provost Harajli joined AUB as assistant professor of civil engineering in 1985, was promoted to associate professor in 1989, and to full professor in 1996. Between 1989 and 1991, he took a two-year leave from AUB during which he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as visiting research scientist (1989-90), and then the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma-Norman as tenure-track assistant professor (1990-91). He served as acting dean of the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at AUB (1999-2000), as associate dean (2000-03), and twice as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999 and 2014).
In addition to his wide administrative experience, Provost Harajli has substantial academic experience covering undergraduate and graduate programs assessment, institutional and program accreditation, student admissions, and enrollment management. He has extensive professional experience in the design of high-rise buildings under wind and earthquake loads; and is a recognized research expert in the design and behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems, seismic repair and strengthening using advanced composite materials, and hazard evaluation for earthquake engineering practice. He advised more than 25 master’s degree students, three PhD students, and has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings.