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Professor Surendra P. Shah is a Walter P. Murphy Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering and was the founding director of the pioneering National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include: fracture, fiber-reinforced composites, nondestructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nano-technology, and use of solid waste materials. He has co-authored two books: Fiber Reinforced Cement Based Composites and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete. He has published more than 500 journal articles and edited more than 20 books. He is past editor of RILEM's journal, Materials and Structures. Professor Shah is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is also a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Indian Academy of Engineering, and the only civil engineer who is a member of these three academies. He has received many awards, including the Swedish Concrete Award, American Concrete Institute's Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, American Society of Civil Engineer's Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News Record News Maker Award. He was named one of the ten most influential people in concrete by Concrete Construction Magazine. He has been awarded an honorary membership in American Concrete Institute and RILEM (based in Paris). In 2007-2008 he spent time at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai as an Honorary Professor under the auspices of a Fulbright grant and in 2014 he received a Fulbright Senior Lecturer award to spend five months at IIT Madras. Besides teaching at Northwestern University, Professor Shah has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sydney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt University, Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, and University of Houston. Currently, he is a member of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an honorary professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dalian Maritime University, Nanjing Technical University, South East University, Nanjing, and a Distinguished Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.