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Salah Sarhat, Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Salah Sarhat, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Salah Sarhat teaches in MSOE's Civil & Architectural Engineering & Construction Management Department.

Education, Licensure and Certification (3)

Ph.D.: Civil Engineering, Carleton University 2016

M.S.: Structural Engineering, University of Technology, Iraq 1996

B.S.: Building and Construction Engineering, University of Technology, Iraq 1992


Dr. Salah Sarhat is an expert educator and researcher with more than two decades of teaching, research, and industry experience.

Sarhat is dedicated to world-class education. His teaching style combines solid theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience. He lived and taught in different countries, developing a broad international and cultural understanding that enables him to work and collaborate within a diverse, multicultural contemporary society. Sarhat has extensive experience teaching engineering mechanics, building materials, mechanics of solids, structural analysis, reinforced concrete design, masonry, wood, and steel structures, design of foundations, construction management, and building science.

Sarhat's research interests lie at the intersection of structures and materials. He has considerable research and industry experience in sustainable structural and materials engineering, reinforced concrete and masonry, structural fire design, building science, and design and rehabilitation of bridges.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Structural Engineering

Natural Building Materials

Green Concrete

Reinforced Masonry

Ultra-High-Performance Concrete


Building Science

Accomplishments (7)

Outstanding Paper Awards (Honorable Mention) 12th North American Masonry Conference (NAMC) (professional)


Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carleton University (professional)


Outstanding Paper Awards (Honorable Mention), 11th North American Masonry Conference (NAMC) (professional)


Vanbots Construction and Ferguson-Neudorf Glass Scholarship in Recycling (professional)

2011, 2012

John Adjeleian Graduate Scholarship (professional)


Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (professional)

2011, 2012, and 2013

Certificate of Graduate University Teaching Skills (GUTS), Carleton University (professional)


Research Interests (1)

Strength and durability of concrete and masonry made with recycled aggregates

Natural building materials for construction (compressed earth blocks, straw bale, and transparent wood), structural fire performance of ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC), using carbon-sequestering additives in cement, mortar, and concrete production, and rehabilitation of existing bridges.

Selected Publications (3)

The Use of Recycled Aggregates in the Production of Concrete Masonry Units: - A Critical Review and a Statement on the Current Research Needs


2022 Concrete block masonry units (CBMUs) are the most commonly used building material in the construction industry. However, CBMUs are still produced from conventional materials like natural aggregates. Aggregate materials normally occupy about 70% of the CBMU volume. The excessive extraction of virgin aggregate depletes natural resources, destroys the habitats of many species, and affects the natural flow of streams in water bodies.

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Bond Strength between the Steel Reinforcement and RCA Concrete during and after Exposure to Elevated Temperatures

Construction and Building Materials Journal

2022 Studies exist on the performance of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) concrete under different loading conditions at both material and structural levels. However, less attention has been directed to studying the bond strength between steel reinforcement and RCA concrete, especially when exposed to elevated temperatures. This paper presents an extensive experimental study on the bond response of RCA concrete during and after exposure to elevated temperatures.

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Use of Fine Recycled Aggregate Derived from Block Plants Waste in Production of Concrete Masonry Blocks

14th Canadian Masonry Symposium.

2021 Increased demand for natural aggregate exploits natural resources and has adverse environmental impacts. One solution to address the growing construction waste challenge is adopting large-scale recycling of concrete waste into aggregates. The use of coarse recycled aggregates in masonry blocks is a well-studied topic; however, little attention has been directed to study the use of fine recycled aggregates (FRCA) in masonry blocks. Concrete blocks are manufactured in a controlled environment that produces wastes in the form of culled or broken blocks.

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