Dr. Abdullahi Salman

Assistant Professor - Structural Engineering, CEE


5000 Technology Drive NW
Olin B. King Technology Hall
Room S237
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Dr. Abdullahi Salman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his B.Eng. degree from Curtin University, Malaysia campus in 2011, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Prior to joining UAH, he was a Research Associate in the Civil Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University from 2016 to 2018.

Dr. Salman’s research focuses on the resilience of critical civil infrastructure systems subjected to natural hazards. His work involves statistical natural hazard modeling, infrastructure resilience assessment, modeling the interdependency of critical infrastructure systems, infrastructure maintenance planning and optimization, and community resilience. He is particularly interested in developing cost-effective risk mitigation and resilience improvement strategies based on a probabilistic risk assessment framework.

The ultimate goal of his research is to develop a comprehensive decision support framework that will guide stakeholders to make risk-informed decisions and prioritize investment in the planning, operation, and management of critical civil infrastructure systems. Dr. Salman is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is a member of the ASCE Multihazard Mitigation Committee.

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, 2016
  • M.S., Michigan Technological University, 2014
  • B.Eng., Curtin University, Malaysia, 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Michigan Tech Doctoral Finishing Fellowship, 2016
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, Michigan Tech, 2016
  • Shin Yang Best Graduate for Civil and Construction Award, Curtin University, 2011
  • Samling Best Student Award, Curtin University, 2011
  • Best Oral Presentation Award, Curtin University Technology, Science & Engineering Conference 2010


  • Civil infrastructure systems resilience
  • Multi-hazard analysis
  • Structural reliability
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Risk-based & multi-criteria decision making
  • Infrastructure maintenance

Recent Publications

  • Salman, A.M. & Li, Y. (2018). Flood Risk Assessment, Future Trend Modeling, and Risk Communication: A Review of Ongoing Research. Natural Hazards Review, ASCE. 19(3).

  • Mazumder, R.K., Salman, A.M., Li, Y., & Yu, X. (2018). Performance Evaluation of Water Distribution Systems and Asset Management. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 24(3).

  • Salman, A. M., Li, Y., & Bastidas-Arteaga, E. (2017). Maintenance Optimization for Power Distribution Systems Subjected to Hurricane Hazard, Timber Decay and Climate Change. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 168, 136-149.

  • Salman, A.M. & Li, Y. (2018). A Probabilistic Framework for Multi-Hazard Risk Mitigation for Electric Power Systems Subjected to Seismic and Hurricane Hazards. Structure & Infrastructure Engineering.

  • Salman, A. M. & Li, Y. (2017). A Framework to Investigate the Effectiveness of Interconnection of Power Distribution Systems Subjected to Hurricanes. Structure & Infrastructure Engineering, 14(2), 203-217.

  • Salman, A.M. & Li, Y (2017). Multihazard Risk Assessment of Electric Power Systems. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 143(3), 04016198.

  • Salman, A. M. & Li, Y. (2017). Assessing Climate Change Impact on System Reliability of Power Distribution Systems Subjected to Hurricanes. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 23(1), 04016024.

  • Salman, A. M. & Li, Y. (2016). Age-dependent Fragility and Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Wood and Steel Power Distribution Poles Subjected to Hurricanes. Structure & Infrastructure Engineering, 12(8), 890-903.

  • Salman, A. M., Li, Y., & Stewart, M. G. (2015). Evaluating System Reliability and Targeted Hardening Strategies of Power Distribution Systems Subjected to Hurricanes. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 144, 319-333.