Rima Taher, PhD, PE

Senior University Lecturer

New Jersey Institute of Technology - College of Architecture & Design

University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102

E-mail: rima.taher@njit.edu

 

Consulting Engineer in Civil & Structural Engineering

Taher Engineering LLC

www.taherengineering.com

P. O. Box 293, Clifton, NJ 07015

Phone: 973-253-6183 – Fax: 973-253-6161

E-mail: rtaher@taherengineering.com

Education:

 

·         Doctorate of Civil Engineering, specialty: Building Science & Technology with high honors, July 1986, from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), Paris, France.

·         Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, specialty: Building Science & Technology, July 1983, From ENPC, Paris, France.

·         Bachelor of Civil Engineering, July 1982, from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, Lyon, France.

 

Professional Licensing/ Registration:

 

·         Licensed professional engineer in civil & structural engineering in New Jersey.

·         Registered California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator.

 

Academic Experience:

 

1-      New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

 

·         College of Architecture & Design/ New Jersey School of Architecture:

Full-time University Lecturer, from fall 1989 to present.

Courses taught are on the graduate and undergraduate levels, and include both required courses and electives. The course material mostly relates to structural technology: structural systems, design of steel, wood, reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, wind and earthquake design.

Other courses taught are: Building Performance and Environmental Control Systems.

Taught electives are: Cable Roofs and Tensioned Fabric Structures, BIM & Structural Technology, Structural Systems & Design, High-Rise Structures, Building Design for Hazard Prone Areas, and Advanced Structures.

Teaching assignments occasionally included some structural consulting in the design studios.

Teaching review courses for the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) in the evening hours since 2002. The current reviews are in Structural Systems and Building Systems for the ARE 4.0.

 

·         Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Assignments involve teaching some graduate and undergraduate courses since the fall of 2010.

Courses taught are: Stability of Structures, Short-Span Bridge Design, and Structural Steel Design. 

- Taught Statics in the fall of 1990.

 

·         Department of Engineering Technology:

- Participated in teaching “Design of Temporary Structures for Construction”, spring 1991.

 

2-      Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ

Department of Engineering & Mathematics

Adjunct Professor since 1990: teaching Math and Engineering courses. Courses taught include Statics, Dynamics, Statistics, Calculus III, Precalculus…

 

3-      City University of New York, New York, NY

 

·         The City College School of Architecture: taught Structures I, fall 1990.

 

Research Experience:

 

·         New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture

Research topic: design of low-rise buildings for high winds and hurricanes, in cooperation with Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (Center for Building Science and Technology), Department of Aerodynamics and Climatic Engineering, Nantes, France, 2001-2002. This research was funded by a Separately Budgeted Research Grant from NJIT.

 

·         Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB), Paris, France

Research in the field of building technology and energy conservation, from March 1983 to July 1986, funded by the French Agency for Energy Conservation (AFME, Agence Française pour la Maîtrise de l’Enérgie).CSTB is a French public institution of international reputation and the largest building research and technology center in France.

 

Engineering Consulting: Taher Engineering LLC

 

o   Taher Engineering LLC, Clifton, NJ: Consulting Firm in Civil & Structural Engineering

o   Title:  Principal.

o   This company was established in 2010.

o   Web address: www.taherengineering.com.

o   Main activity: structural design work of wood, steel, concrete and masonry buildings and structures (design calculations, production of structural drawings, structural inspections…)

o   Projects include residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

 

Other Engineering Consulting Experience

 

1-      CE/CM Entech, Passaic Park, NJ     

(Consulting Engineers in Civil and Structural Engineering):

Part-time consultant from April 1999 to summer 2001

Projects involved structural design of steel, wood, and reinforced concrete structures (industrial, commercial and residential buildings, retaining walls, flood control...).

 

2-      Clinton Bogert Associates, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

(Consulting Firm in Civil and Sanitary Engineering):

Full-time structural consulting, assisting the Chief of the Structural Department, from November 1988 to June 1990. CBA was the largest privately owned engineering firm in New Jersey, and for a long time, the official engineering company for Bergen County Utilities Authority in the state. Duties involved structural calculations and design of steel and reinforced concrete structures (waste water treatment plants, water filtration plants, pumping stations...). CBA was dissolved after the death of its senior partner Ivan Bogert.

 

3-      Converse Consultants East, Caldwell, NJ  (now in Parsippany)

(Consulting Firm in Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering):

Full-time Staff Engineer, from June 1988 to November 1988

Work involved participation in soil investigations and site reconnaissance programs for construction projects. Duties included field work, as a site engineer, supervising the recovery of soil samples, as well as engineering calculations and reports leading to recommendations for the design of foundations and floors, as influenced by soil conditions.

 

4-      Société Centrale pour l'Équipement du Territoire, International /SCET International

(French Engineering and Construction Company):

The work was related to a highway design and construction project. Duties involved design work for the construction of a 37 km- highway and some field testing, from August 1981 to November 1981.

 

Publications:

 

Books

 

1-      A review book for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 4.0): “Structural Systems – ARE Sample Problems and Practice Exam”, published by Professional Publications, April 2008.

 

2-      A review book for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE 3.1) in structural technology: “Architecture Exam Review – ARE Sample Exams: Structural Divisions”, published by Professional Publications, Inc, April 2007.

 

Engineering Journals and Conference Proceedings

 

1-      Best Building Practices for Hurricane and Earthquake Prone Areas, Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 2011.

 

2-      Design and Strengthening of Educational Facilities for the Risks of Earthquakes and Hurricanes, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Regional Policy Conference, Santiago, Chile, October 2010.

 

3-      Improved Building Practices for Hurricanes, Caribbean Construction Magazine, 3rd Quarter, 2009.

 

4-      Design of Low-Rise Buildings under Extreme Wind Events, Journal of Architectural Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers in March of 2007.

 

5-      Structural Solutions for the Design of a Cyclonic or Hurricane Resisting Home, Proceedings of  the 11th International Conference on Wind Engineering, June 2-5, 2003, hosted by Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

 

6-      Structural Solutions for the Design of a “ Cyclonic” or Hurricane Resisting Home Adapted to Simple Construction Methods, Proceedings of the International Conference on Architectural Research, sponsored by the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and the European Association for Architectural Education, May 22 to 25, 2002, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

 

Research Reports and Other Publications

 

1-      General Recommendations for Improved Building Practices in Earthquake and Hurricane Prone Areas, March 2010, prepared for Architecture for Humanity in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake of 2010, and posted on the organization’s website. www.architectureforhumanity.org

 

2-      The Art of Structural Bridge Design, May 2003, website of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at http://branches.asce.org/northjersey.

 

3-      Structural Repairs and Preservation of Fallingwater, March 2003, website of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at http://branches.asce.org/northjersey.

 

4-      Repairing and Preserving Fallingwater, Newsletter of the Society of Building Science Educators, Spring 2003.

5-      Structural Solutions for the Design of a “Cyclonic” Home Adapted to Simple Construction Methods, Research Report 1: “General Analysis of Damages Caused to Structures by High Winds and Hurricanes- Analysis of Post-Disaster Investigations”, January 2001, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, in cooperation with Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (Center for Building Science and Technology), Department of Aerodynamics and Climatic Engineering, Nantes, France.

 

6-      Structural Solutions for the Design of a “Cyclonic” Home Adapted to Simple Construction Methods, Research Report 2: “Designing for Extreme Winds and Hurricanes: General Analysis of Architecture Related Wind Engineering Principles and Research - Concept of a Cyclonic Home”, September 2001, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, in cooperation with Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (Center for Building Science and Technology), Department of Aerodynamics and Climatic Engineering, Nantes, France.

 

7-      Structural Solutions for the Design of a “Cyclonic” Home Adapted to simple Construction Methods, Research Report 3: “Structural Design of the Cyclonic Home Using a Light Wood Framing or Concrete Masonry Construction - Construction Costs Impacts.”, July 2002, The New Jersey School of Architecture, NJIT, in cooperation with Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (Center for Building Science and Technology), Department of Aerodynamics and Climatic Engineering, Nantes- France.

 

8-      Structural Systems and Architectural Considerations, XanEdu, Campus Custom Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, copyright 2000.

 

9-      Simplified Design of Wood Structures, XanEdu, Campus Custom Publishing, Atlanta, Georgia, copyright 1998, 2000.

 

10-  Intermittent Heating and Energy Conservation in Single Family Homes. Computer Simulation of a Multi-Room Model. Ph.D. Thesis, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Research Station of Marne-La-Vallée, Paris, France, July 1986.

 

11-  The Use of Heat Pumps in Hot Water Supply Systems, Calculations of Consumptions for the Label of High Energetic Performance, Research Report, Ḗcole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Research Station of Marne-La-Vallée, France, June 1983.

 

Invited Lecture / Guest Critic:

 

·         Taught an online interactive webinar for the Continuing Education Department of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on the ‘Design and Construction of Low-Rise Buildings for High Winds and Hurricanes” on May 21st, 2013.

·         Invited speaker, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Fall 2010 Lecture Series, on the topic of “ Working with Architects & Contractors: An Engineer’s Perspective”, October 2010.

·         Invited speaker at the annual structural spring seminar of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE/North Jersey Branch) in March 2008 on “Cable-Supported Structures” at New Jersey Institute of Technology. The seminar was co-hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at NJIT.

·         Invited speaker and panelist at a conference on Flooding in New Jersey organized by Senator Robert Menendez in August 2008, New Brunswick High School, New Jersey.

Ÿ  Tokyo Polytechnic University, Wind Engineering Research Center, Tokyo, Japan, September 2003: Invited lecture: “Structural Solutions for the Design of a Hurricane Resisting Home”.

Ÿ  University of Pennsylvania, School of Architecture, fall 2002: Invited critic for a design studio review on a project relating to the design of a factory for the assembly of Airbus commercial jets in Toulouse, France.

Ÿ  Intermittent Heating in Single Family Homes, Seminar on Energy Management in Buildings and Structures of Low Consumption, organized by the French Agency for Energy Conservation,(AFME, Agence Française pour la Maîtrise de l’Enérgie), April 26 & 27, 1984, Valbonne, France.

 

Press Releases and NJIT Alumni Magazine

 

·         The research work on hurricane-resistant design and construction was featured in several NJIT press releases since June 2007.  Following these press releases, excerpts of this research appeared on various Internet-based science & technology publications including some international websites. This work was also featured in the NJIT Alumni Magazine in the fall of 2007 and the fall 2008 issues. A video was made and could be seen on the NJIT website at “www.njit.tv”.

 

Book and Paper Reviews:

 

·         Completed several engineering and architecture book reviews for the following publishers: John Wiley & Sons, Mc Graw Hill, and King Publishing Co of England.

·         Reviewer for the Journal of Architectural Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and Automation in Construction/Elsevier. Papers in wind engineering research and energy research were recently reviewed.

 

Computer Skills:

 

·         Web-publishing: designing and maintaining a course webpage on the NJIT website at (http://web.njit.edu/~taher).

·         BIM software (REVIT) and related structural computer programs.

·         Autocad and use of structural analysis and design software

·         Programming: Developed a Fortran computer program in 1990 for slope stability calculations, at Clinton Bogert Associates. The program is based on the Simplified Method of Wedges, published in the Design Manual (7.1) for Soil Mechanics, by the Department of the Navy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command. This program was internally used by CBA.

 

Training:

 

·         Post-Disaster Safety Evaluation Training

Received some training in the safety evaluation of buildings in the aftermath of disasters. The training was provided by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2012 and it was sponsored by the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. Registered as a California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluator.

·         Web-Publishing:

Received 60 hours of training in web publishing, using FrontPage and the Netscape composer, through the STARS Program at NJIT, a program organized by the Department of Media-Services to help faculty learn and apply new technologies, and to increase the integration of computing into instruction., spring 1999.

 

Awards and Honors:

 

·         Recipient of the New Jersey Institute of Technology Teaching Excellence Award in the Category of Instruction by a Special Lecturer in 1999.

·         Listed in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2003-2004.

·         Certificate of Recognition from NJIT for 20 years of service to the university, November 2010.

 

 Professional and University Service:

 

·         Current President of the Structural Engineering Institute Chapter of the North Jersey Branch  of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chair of the Structural Technical Group at the branch since September 2010. Active member of the ASCE-North Jersey Branch since September 2001.

·         Member of the University Teaching Excellence Committee at NJIT (1999- 2002).

·         Member of the University Committee for International Relations at NJIT (2003-2005).

·         Member of the Research Committee at the College of Architecture & Design, NJIT, since the fall of 2009.

·         Member of the Board of Adjustment (Zoning Board), in the Borough of Haledon, NJ from 1990 to 1993.

 

Professional Memberships:

 

·         American Society of Civil Engineers, Member.

·         Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Member.

·         American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Member.

·         American Association for Wind Engineering, Member.

·         American Association of University Professors, Member.