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Ibrahim Abotaleb

Brief Biography

Ibrahim Abotaleb is an associate professor of construction engineering at The American University in Cairo (AUC). Abotaleb received his BSc and MSc degrees with honors from AUC, and his PhD from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville; where he was a recipient of the Chancellor's fellowship. Prior to joining AUC, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla).

Abotaleb has taught courses in the areas of construction methods and technology, risk management, value engineering, construction equipment, lean construction, engineering economics, resource management, numerical analysis, as well as simulation and optimization. Abotaleb’s research has resulted in the publication of over 65 refereed journal and conference papers in prestigious international journals and conferences.

Abotaleb was selected as an outstanding reviewer twice (2015 and 2017) by the ASCE's Journal of Management in Engineering for his peer-review contributions to the journal. In 2020, Abotaleb won the prestigious Thomas Fitch Rowland award by the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also is a winner of the Futurize Your Course competition at AUC in 2022.

In addition to his academic work, Abotaleb is a consultant for a number of construction and investment firms in Egypt. In his consulting work, Abotaleb has provided professional support and training in different aspects such as project development, decarbonization and ESG, business development, planning, contract administration, cost control, insurance, environmental compliance, and overall construction management.

Research Interest
  • Virtual reality
  • Simulation and optimization
  • Statistical modeling for construction applications
  • Decision support systems
  • Contract management and dispute mitigation
  • Site layout planning
  • Project control and productivity enhancement
  • Performance assessment and prediction
  • Green infrastructure
  • Abotaleb, I., Hosny, O., Nassar, K., Bader, S., Elrifaee, M., Ibrahim, S., ... & Sherif, M. (2023). An interactive virtual reality model for enhancing safety training in construction education. Computer Applications in Engineering Education31(2), 324-345. 
  • Sherif, M., Nassar, K., Hosny, O., Safar, S., & Abotaleb, I. (2022). Automated BIM-based structural design and cost optimization model for reinforced concrete buildings. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 21616.
  • Alqahtani, F. K., Abotaleb, I. S., & Harb, S. (2021). LEED Study of Green Lightweight Aggregates in Construction. Sustainability, 13(3), 1395.
  • Abotaleb, I. S., El-adaway, I. H., Ibrahim, M. W., Hanna, A. S., & Russell, J. S. (2020). Developing a Rating Score for Out-of-Sequence Construction. Journal of Management in Engineering, 36(3), 04020013.
  • Assaad, R., El-Adaway, I. H., & Abotaleb, I. S. (2020). Predicting Project Performance in the Construction Industry. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(5), 0402003
  • Abotaleb, I., El-adaway, I., and Moussa, M (2019). Guidelines for Administrating and Drafting Non-Payment Owner's Obligations Provisions under Design-Build Contract. Journal of Management in Engineering. 34 (4), 04019010.
  • (Award Winning Paper) Abotaleb, I. & El-adaway, I. (2018). First Attempt Toward a Holistic Understanding of the Interdependent Rippled Impacts Associated with Out-of-Sequence Work in Construction Projects: System Dynamics Modeling Approach. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 144 (9), 04018084.
  • Abotaleb, I., Nassar, K., & Hosny, O. (2016). Layout optimization of construction site facilities with dynamic freeform geometric representations. Automation in Construction, 66, 15-28
  • El-Adaway, I. H., Abotaleb, I. S., & Vechan, E. (2016). Social network analysis approach for improved transportation planning. Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(2), 05016004 
  • PhD: University of Tennessee - Knoxvile
  • MSc: American University in Cairo
  • BSc: American University in Cairo