Brahim Benmokrane

Brahim Benmokrane, Ph.D

Technical advisor

Dr. Brahim Benmokrane (FRSC, FACI, FCSCE, FIIFC, FCAE, FEIC) is professor of civil engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada). He earned his engineering degree from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and his MSc and PhD in civil engineering from the University of Sherbrooke. He was a Project Leader in the Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence on Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures—ISIS Canada—during its two 7-year phases (1995-2009).Since April 2000, he has held a Natural Science & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research chair, which involves research and development of innovative composite Fibre-Reinforced-Polymer (FRP) reinforcement for concrete structures and its field application in actual structures. In 2009, Professor Benmokrane was awarded a Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Composite Materials for Civil structures.

In 2010, he was appointed Director of the CRIB, a Quebec–FQRNT Research Center in Concrete Infrastructure involving 31 professors and more than 250 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from six universities in Quebec.

Professor Benmokrane is an active member on the CSA (Canadian Standard Association) committees on the design and construction of building structures with fibre-reinforced polymers (CSA S806, committee cochair), Specification for FRPs (CSA S807, committee chair), Specification for FRP Materials used to Externally Reinforced Concrete (CSA S808, committee chair), and the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CSA S6-S16; committee cochair), where he has contributed to developing new design codes and standards (CSA S806-02, CSA S806-12, CSA S6-06, CSA-S6-06/S1, CSA S807-10, and CSA S808-14).

Professor Benmokrane’s pioneering research has impacted the infrastructure industry through the development of new, innovative materials for more durable structures. In particular, his research has significantly influenced the development of FRP-bar technology for concrete and its practical use in Canada, the US, Europe, and the world.

In addition, his research has generated scientific contributions widely used by regulators and industry nationally and globally. In addition to membership in many professional organizations—such as ACI, CSCE, ASCE, and ASTM— Professor Benmokrane has chaired five International Conferences on the Durability of FRP Composites for Construction and Rehabilitation (CDCC’98 in Sherbrooke, CDCC’2002 at Montreal, CDCC’2007 and CDCC’2011 in Quebec City, and CDCC’2017 in Sherbrooke), and he has prepared and given several workshops, seminars, and short courses on the use of FRP composites for infrastructure and design codes, standards, and specifications in Canada, USA, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Brahim Benmokrane has received numerous awards and distinctions, such as the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) Medal of Merit, the Grand Prix d’excellence of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) P.L. Pratley Award, the Quebec Association for Research and Innovation Development (ADRIQ) Technology Partnership and Innovation Award, the ConMat Life-Time Achievements Award, and elected Fellow by the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), the International Institute in FRP for Construction (IIFC), the Engineers Institute of Canada (EIC), and the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

He has published over 500 papers and books and book chapters and given over 250 lectures worldwide in the fields of durability of FRPs, reinforcing bars for concrete structures, and construction of new sustainable concrete infrastructure using FRP materials.

He currently leads a research group of 33 and has trained 143 researchers. More than 25 of his doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees hold faculty positions in universities in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the world.