Dr. Girum Urgessa has been named one of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) 2017-2018 Faculty Research Grantees. The center provides $4,500 grants for faculty and research fellows at George Mason University who are engaged in research on a priority topic of the center. The grants encourage multi-disciplinary approaches to issues in development and support the center’s mission of stronger connections and collaboration between George Mason and the real estate industry.
Dr. Urgessa’s research interests include dynamic response of structures subjected to extreme loads (blast and impact), the use of fiber reinforced polymer composites in structural design and retrofit applications, and structural stability of temporary structures. Dr. Urgessa is a licensed professional engineer. The CREE grant will support Dr. Urgessa’s research on new cement products and applications that provide better resilience, durability and safety for concrete structures.