Norbert Delatte, Ph.D.
 Title: Chair & Professor
 Dept: Civil And Environmental Engineering
 Office: FH 108
 Phone: 216-687-9259
 Fax: 216-687-5395
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. FH 108, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Failure case studies, forensic engineering, pervious concrete pavement, roller compacted concrete, high-performance/high-strength concrete, internal curing of concrete, nondestructive evaluation
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The University of Texas, 1996
M.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
B.S., Civil Engineering, The Citadel, 1984
Brief Bio:
Dr. Norbert Delatte joined the Cleveland State University faculty in December, 2003, after serving on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the United States Military Academy.  He obtained his BSCE from The Citadel in 1984, his Master's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996,  He served for eleven years on active duty as an  officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  

His research interests include concrete pavement performance and rehabilitation, nondestructive testing, properties of concrete including roller compacted concrete, and the integration of failure case studies into the civil engineering curriculum.  

He served for eleven years in the United States Army as an officer in the Corps of Engineers, including two years of service in the Republic of Korea, wartime service in the Arabian Peninsula during Operation Desert Storm, and command of an engineer company during Hurricane Andrew relief operations in southern Florida. He taught as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York during the 1996-1997 academic year. He specializes in concrete pavement behavior and performance, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction materials. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education.  He is the Transportation Research Board University Representative for Cleveland State University, and serves as a member on two TRB committees, AFN40, Concrete Materials and Placement Techniques (2006 to present) and AFN20, Properties of Concrete (2007 to present)

He is the chair of ACI Committee 327 (Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements), former chair of ACI Committee 325, (Concrete Pavements) and a member of ACI Committees 330 (Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving), 522 (Pervious Concrete), E802 (Teaching Methods and Educational Materials), and E803 (Faculty Network Coordinating Committee). He is the former chair of the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE) Executive Committee and the TCFE Education Committee.  In addition, he is the Editor of ASCE's Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.  Dr. Delatte is a registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio and Alabama and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

He is the editor of the ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice - Journal web site

Failure Case Studies funded by the National Science Foundation - web site
Honors and Awards:
Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE), December 6, 2011

American Society for Nondestructive Testing 2009 ASNT Faculty Grant, for "Redesign of a Nondestructive Testing Course for Blended Learning," presented in Columbus, Ohio on October 21, 2009.

Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (F.ACI), Sunday, March 15, 2009

American Concrete Institute Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award, bestowed by the ACI Board of Direction at its fall 2007 meeting specifically for outstanding leadership of Committee 325, Concrete Pavements awarded, Sunday, March 30, 2008

Fenn College Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Cleveland State University, 2007

American Concrete Institute (ACI International), Walter P. Moore, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award, awarded March 30, 2003.

ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Outstanding Paper of 2002 Award, with Kevin L. Rens, for Forensics and Case Studies in Civil Engineering Education: State of the Art, Vol. 16, No. 3, August, 2002, awarded October 2003.

ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Outstanding Paper of 2001 Award for Another Look at the Hartford Civic Center Coliseum Collapse, Vol. 15, No. 1, February 2001, awarded November 6, 2002.

ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 2000 - 2001 best paper award for Lessons from Roman Cement and Concrete, Vol. 127, No. 3, July 2001, awarded October 13, 2001.

UAB President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, May 25, 2001

American Society of Civil Engineers Certificate of Award, The Long-Term Pavement Performance DataPave Contest 2000, Faculty Category, Presented on January 9, 2001 at the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.

Eisenhower Faculty Fellowship, Spring 1998, Fall 1999, Fall 2002, Fall 2003

1998 Engineering Foundation Council (EFC) Faculty Excellence Award

Nominated by student ballot for the Ellen Gregg Ingalls - UAB National Alumni Society Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, 1998
Creative and Activities:

Two day Forensic Engineering workshop in Guayaquil, Ecuador, January 7 - 8, 2011, sponsored by Ecuador Group of ASCE

Keynote Speaker, First India - U.S. Forensic Engineering Workshop, NIT Trichy, Tiruchirappally, Tamil Nadu, India, December 2010

Series of Workshops in China, with ASCE TCFE Delegation members Dar-Hao Chen, Ken Carper, Kimball Beasley, and Leonard Morse-Fortier, March 11 - 24, 2010
First China-US Workshop on Safety and Forensic Practice of Civil Works, Shandong University, Jinan, Peoples Republic of China, March 14 - 15, 2010
US-Sino Transportation & Forensic Engineering Workshop, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Peoples¿ Republic of China, March 18 - 19, 2010
First China-US Workshop on Forensic Practice and Stabilization of Civil Works, Hohai University, Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China, March 21, 2010
Presentations: Failures of Concrete Gravity and Arch Dams, Failures of Bridges due to Scour

Trends Towards Sustainable Construction in Concrete Pavements, Tendencias Hacia una Construcción Sustenable en los Pavimentos de Concreto, Ciclo Inernacional de Conferencias FIC 2009, Soluciones en Concreto, 50th Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by the Instituto Mexicano del Cemento y del Concreto (IMCYC), Mexico City, Mexico, October 15, 2009.

Forensic Engineering Education Workshop, Taller de Ingeneria Forense para profesores de Ingeneria, hosted by the Instituto Tecnologica de Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica, July 23 ¿ 24, 2009, with Oswald Rendon-Herrero, Ken Carper, and Paul Bosela.

Three presentations, Asocreto seminar Construcción de pavimentos de concreto durables, Bogota, Colombia, May 7-8, 2009: Sequential activities of the construction process of concrete pavement. How and Why? (Actividades secuenciales del proceso de construcción ¿ Cómo y Por Qué), World-wide tendencies in the design of concrete pavements (Tendencias mundiales en el diseño de pavimentos), Role of concrete pavements in sustainable development (Rol de los pavimentos de concreto en el desarrollo sostenible)

Embedding Forensic Engineering into the undergraduate curriculum, half day workshop in conjunction with the Fourth International Conference on Forensic Engineering - From Failure to Understanding, London, UK, December 2, 2008

Failure Case Studies in Civil Engineering, workshop, CCEDS-II: Sustainability of Civil Engineering Structures, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, May 23, 2008

Reducing Cracking of High Performance Concrete Bridge Decks, ACI Manitoba Chapter Bridge Deck Cracking Seminar, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, February 13, 2008
Research Interests:
His research interests include concrete pavements and overlays, roller compacted concrete, pervious concrete, high-performance/high-strength concrete, internal curing of concrete, nondestructive evaluation, and the use of failure case studies in engineering education.  See funded research projects and publications for more details.
Teaching Areas:
Structural engineering, transportation engineering, engineering mechanics, construction materials, pavement design, construction, and performance
Professional Affiliations:
American Society of Civil Engineers

American Concrete Institute

International Society for Concrete Pavements

Transportation Research Board

American Society for Engineering Education

International Concrete Repair Institute

The Masonry Society

Member, January 2002 - March 2004.  International Editorial Board, International Journal of Pavements, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technological Control, ISSN 1676-2797, Printed in Brazil.  Journal web site
Professional Experience:
Cleveland State University
Professor (August 2007 - present)
Associate Professor (December 2003 - August 2007)
Specialty: Transportation Engineering, Structures, Engineering Mechanics, and Construction Materials

The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Associate Professor (October 2002 - December 2003)
Assistant Professor (September 1997 - September 2002)

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Adjunct Assistant/Associate Professor (February 2002 - December 2003)

United States Military Academy
Assistant Professor (June 1996 - August 1997)
Specialty: Structures and Engineering Mechanics

University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Research Assistant (1993-1996)
Ph.D. Dissertation: High Early Strength Bonded Concrete Overlay Designs and Construction Methods for Rehabilitation of CRCP
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. David W. Fowler.

United States Army Corps of Engineers
Promoted to Major, U.S. Army Reserve, 3 January 2000, honorable discharge March 2002

Fort Stewart, Georgia, Staff Officer and Company Commander (1990 - 1993)
Staff officer responsible for engineer equipment maintenance for a 500-soldier engineer battalion at Fort Stewart and in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

Commander of a 130-soldier engineer company, B Company, 92nd Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy)

Planned and supervised construction of light gauge steel buildings, masonry buildings, a reinforced concrete tank turning pad, and training area roads and embankments.

Planned and supervised renovation of a wood frame structure.

Planned and supervised deployment of 40 soldiers to the Sultanate of Oman to construct a light gauge steel building

Planned and supervised deployment of an engineer company to Homestead, Florida, for Hurricane Andrew relief operations, including debris removal and emergency building renovations

Camp Humphreys, Korea, Platoon Leader and Construction Officer (1986 - 1989)
Direct supervisor of two different forty-soldier platoons, A and B Company, 802nd Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Heavy)

Second in command of a 130-soldier engineer company

Planned and supervised two earthwork and asphalt paving projects

Designed and supervised construction of a 4200-foot tactical airfield

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Research Assistant (1984-1986)
S.M. Thesis: Characterization of Dynamic Vehicle-Pavement Interaction
Thesis Advisor: Michael Markow
University Service:
CSU Academic Steering Committee, Fall 2012 - present

Member of Task Force on the Application of Promotion and Tenure Standards and Processes, appointed by the Provost to represent the Fenn College of Engineering, 2012

Member of University Research Committee, March - December 2012

CSU Faculty Senate, Fall 2011 - present

Chair of University Steering Committee for Returning Adults, Spring 2009 - Spring 2010

University Strategic Planning Committee, Spring 2009 - Spring 2011

At-large member of University Honors Council, 2008-2009 Academic Year

Member of Provost search committee, 2006

Elected to 2006 AAUP bargaining council, at large

Reviewer for The Gorgas Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Alabama Power Foundation, Inc., administered by the Alabama Academy of Science, 2000-2001.

Research Project Judge for the National Science Foundation Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and Alabama Minority Graduate Education Program, summer 1999

Member of School of Engineering Research Advisory and Space Resources Committee, 1997 - present

Member of School of Engineering Academic Misconduct Committee, spring term 1998

Member of School of Engineering Depuis Scholarship Interview Committee, 1998

Organized department presentations for visit by Alabama School of Fine Arts students to School of Engineering, 20 February 1998.

Chair of department open house committee, 8-10 February 1998, member of School of Engineering open house committee 2000.

Organized department presentations for Faraday Lecture, 28 January 1998.

Chair for UA Systems Joint Ph.D. working group on admissions and transfer, fall 1997.
Professional Service:
ABET Inc. - Program Evaluator (PEV) for civil engineering programs, Fall 2011 - present  

American Society of Civil Engineers
President, The Citadel ASCE Student Chapter, 1983 ¿ 1984
Advisor, UAB Student Chapter, 2000 ¿ 2003
Member of ASCE Committee on Education (2012 ¿ present), board level committee, appointed by President of ASCE
Editor, formerly Associate Editor and Corresponding Editor, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice, and Chair, Education and Practice Publications Committee
Member of Editorial Board for Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Past Chair of Executive Committee, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (TCFE)
Former Chair and Secretary, TCFE Education Committee, and Member, Committee for the Dissemination of Failure Information, Technical Council on Forensic Engineering ¿ also Member of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Forensic Congress Steering Committees
Founding chair of ASCE TCFE International Activities Committee
Member, International Contest on LTPP Data Analysis, ASCE - LTPP Task Group, ASCE Pavement Committee
Member of ASCE delegation to International Conference on Forensic Engineering: Failure Diagnosis and Problem Solving, Mumbai, India, December 6 - 9, 2007, also presenter and session moderator

American Concrete Institute
Founding member Students and Young Professionals Activities Committee (2007 - 2014)
Chair (2001 - 2007) and Secretary (1999 - 2001) of Committee 325 (Concrete Pavements), former chair of Task Force 325.31 (Design of Concrete Overlays)
Chair (2010 - present) of Committee 327 (Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements)
Member of Committees 325 Concrete Pavements, Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements, 330 Parking Lots and Site Paving, 435 Deflection of Concrete Building Structures, 522 Pervious Concrete, and E802 Teaching Methods and Educational Materials.
Chair of S803 Faculty Network.

Engineers Without Borders - Faculty Advisor to CSU Student Chapter since July 2011, traveled 5 times for school construction project in August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District, Belize

International Society for Concrete Pavements, former Chair of Editorial Board and Member of 8th International Conference on Concrete Pavements steering committee

Transportation Research Board
University Representative for Cleveland State University
Member of Committee AFN40, Concrete Materials and Placement Techniques (2006 ¿ present)
Member of Committee AFN20, Properties of Concrete (2007 ¿ present)

American Society for Engineering Education

American Concrete Pavement Association, Affiliate Member, member of Roller Compacted Concrete Task Force
Community Service:
Ambassador for ASCE Birmingham Branch 150th Anniversary Celebration Building Big Program to St. Barnabas School, Birmingham, 85 5th through 8th graders, May 22, 2001

Ambassador for ASCE Birmingham Branch Coloring Book competition to Tuxedo and C.J. Donald schools, spring 2000
Research Grants:
Selected grants and contracts only:

Uncontrolled Concrete Bridge Parapet Cracking, State Job No: 134602, Federal agreement number E111176, with Paul Bosela, $ 40,000, Ohio Department of Transportation, August 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013.

Feasibility of Using Steel Slag as an Aggregate for Sustainable Concrete Pavement, with Paul Bosela, PI, $ 70,000, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Contract Number DTFH61-10-P-00038, April 28, 2010 - October 28, 2011.

Partnership for Innovation (PFI): An Integrated Framework for Creation and Assessment of Sustainable Construction Processes, National Science Foundation, project number 0917994, subcontract to Arizona State University, total project $599,939, CSU subcontract $ 140,000, project period March 1, 2010 through February 28, 2014.

Implementation and Assessment of Failure Case Studies in the Engineering Curriculum, National Science Foundation Project DUE-0919487, $ 500,000, August 1, 2009 - July 31, 2014, Principal Investigator, with co-investigators Paul Bosela and Joshua Bagaka¿s (Education).

Assessing the Impact of Case Studies on the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Curriculum, National Science Foundation Project DUE-0536666, $ 125,000, July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2009, Principle Investigator, with co-investigators William Beasley, Joshua Bagaka's, and Rosemary Sutton, Education.

Portland Cement Pervious Concrete Pavement: Field Performance Investigation on Parking Lot and Roadway Pavements, $ 100,000, National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) Research Foundation, January 1, 2006 - August 31, 2007, Principle Investigator.

Effect of Partial Layer Bonding on Design of Layered RCC Pavements, $ 20,000, Portland Cement Association Education Foundation Fellowship, awarded May 10, 2005.

Evaluation of High Absorptive Materials to Improve Internal Curing of Low Permeability Concrete, State Job No. 134227, Federal Contract Number 20809, $ 98,702.79, Ohio Department of Transportation, April 1, 2005, 24 months, Principle Investigator.

Laboratory Evaluation of Thin Bonded Overlays on Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements, $ 20,000, Portland Cement Association Education Foundation Fellowship, awarded June 25, 2004.

Optimized Mix Design for Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements, $ 20,000, Portland Cement Association Education Foundation Fellowship, awarded August 16, 2002.

Developing Case Studies in Failures and Ethics for Engineering Educators, $ 74,999, National Science Foundation project number DUE 0127419, 1 March 2002 - 29 February 2004.

Improving Field Predictions of Helical Anchor Capacity, Phase III, with Shen-en Chen.  Investigator.  Alabama Power Company and Southern Company. $ 199,534. June 30, 2001 - December 31, 2002.

Improved Management of RCC Pavement Technology.  The University Transportation Center for Alabama Project 01-231.  $ 100,000.  Principal Investigator.  August 1, 2001 - July 31, 2002.