The CEIE Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Girum Urgessa to the Faculty. Dr. Urgessa received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of New Mexico and his B.S. degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He worked as a research engineer, in the Applied Science Division of Weidlinger Associates in Albuquerque, NM and previously as a structure engineer at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Ltd. His research interests include computational mechanics, the study of structures subjected to extreme loadings and the use of fiber-reinforced polymers in the design of structures.