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UH Engineering Alumnus to Receive National Teaching Award


Brian Allen
Abdeldjelil "DJ" Belarbi

University of Houston engineering alumnus Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi (1986 MSCE, 1991 PhD CE) will receive one of the country’s most prestigious national teaching awards this week when Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, convenes its annual meeting at Purdue University.

Belarbi, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla, is a former student of UH Professor Thomas Hsu, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the effects of earthquakes on concrete structures.

“It is a great honor and I owe it to my students, our Chi Epsilon Chapter and my colleagues at the University of Missouri-Rolla,” Belarbi said. “I owe this honor also to my alma mater and my professors at the University of Houston.”

Belarbi, who was also selected as a district winner of the society’s teaching excellence award, will be honored this Saturday, March 6, at the organization’s annual Conclave Awards Banquet.


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