Ahmad M. Itani

Foundation Professor and Associate Vice President for Research
Ahmad Itani


Dr. Ahmad M. Itani joined the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994. He is a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and served as chair for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 2013 to 2019. In his role as associate vice president for research in the University’s Research & Innovation division, Dr. Itani is excited to strengthen and sustain a culture of excellence and help faculty, staff and students reach their full potential.

Dr. Itani earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His expertise is in the seismic behavior of steel bridges, and he has investigated the seismic behavior of the eastern and western towers of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in California.

Dr. Itani is also a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and professional and structural engineer in California. He was named a University Foundation Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017 and is a past recipient of the Richard Fountain Award presented by the American Iron and Steel Institute and the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials and the Roebling Award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers, of which he is a Fellow member.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1991
M.S.E, University of Michigan, 1987
B.S., Beirut Arab University

Research interests

  • Seismic design of bridges
  • Experimental and analytical behavior of steel structures
  • Behavior of highway and railway ridges under gravity and lateral loading