Habib J. Dagher, Director

 dagherheadshot_201108.jpgProfessor, Civil/Structural Engineering
Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering
35 Flagstaff Road
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5793

P: 207-581-2138

Dr. Dagher is Professor of Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Maine, Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering, and founding Director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

Established by the National Science Foundation in 1996, the interdisciplinary Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a world leader in the development of cost-effective, high performance hybrid composite materials for construction applications.  The Center's goals are: (1) World leadership in its research programs; (2) Outstanding education for its student trainees; and (3) Supporting and growing industry through technological innovation.

Under Dr. Dagher's leadership, the Center has grown from 4 to 40 associated faculty and full-time staff in 10 years and annually employs 150 graduate and undergraduate students from 15 different academic departments.  The Center does contract research for private companies worldwide, as well as US government agencies, generating nearly $10 million in external annual R&D funding. Recently, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center has received $15million in funding from the Dept of Energy for the development of offshore wind energy off Maine's coast.

The Center has successfully conducted major multi-million dollar R&D programs for numerous clients including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army, the Federal Highway Administration, the USDA, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Coast Guard, and over 100 industrial clients worldwide.  Over 10 years, Dr. Dagher led efforts to raise $20 million for the construction and equipping of the lab, which is currently housed in a world-leading 48,000 ft2 facility on the UMaine campus.
Dr. Dagher has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Maine's Distinguished Maine Professor Award in 1995 (the highest award offered annually to one faculty at UMaine), the 2004 New England Board of Higher Education Excellence Award, and the UMaine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2003.  He has written over 120 technical publications, chaired national technical committees in the structural/bridge engineering and composite materials fields, and serves on the Science and Technology Advisory Board for Maine's governor. 

Dr. Dagher received his doctorate in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985.  He also holds two masters degrees in structural engineering and in engineering mechanics.