Hossein Ataei

Clinical assistant professor of civil and materials engineering


Hossein Ataei

Hossein Ataei is a civil engineering faculty member at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he is also the department’s director of undergraduate studies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in civil, structural and construction engineering, and he is director of the Construction Engineering and Management program. He is a registered professional engineer in Canada — British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec — and in the United States — Nevada, Texas and Wyoming.

Ataei has industry experience in the structural design of civil infrastructure systems, business administration of heavy civil projects and project controls of large-scale civil infrastructure for global engineering-procurement and construction firms. He has also worked in risk advisory consulting services for capital construction and infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining UIC, Ataei taught at Syracuse University and California State University. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, and serves on the national ASCE’s Construction Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee and on the Forensic Engineering Education Committee. He has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from University of Southern California in Los Angeles and he holds master’s degrees in civil engineering, construction management and business administration.

Subject areas:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Civil infrastructure systems
  • Design of structures and civil infrastructure for dynamic loads and man-made threats
  • Critical interrelated civil engineering infrastructure systems
  • Engineering education
  • Future of engineering and STEM education
  • Professional engineering practice
  • Engineering ethics
  • Forensic civil engineering
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