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Faculty Profile

Akram N. Alshawabkeh

George A. Snell Professor of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean for Research
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
501 Stearns
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994
  • M.S., Jordan University of Science & Technology, 1990
  • B.E., Yarmouk University, 1988

Research & Scholarship Interests

Geoenvironmental engineering, soil and groundwater remediation; electrokinetic and electrochemical processes; contaminant fate and transport environmental restoration
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2009 Transportation Research Board, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2005-2006 Fulbright Scholar - Jordan
  • 2004 College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award, NU
  • 2001 National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Jordan Engineer Society
  • The US Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research

Selected Publications

  • A. Anaya, I. Padilla, R. Macchiavelli, D. Vesper, J. Meeker, A. Alshawabkeh. "Estimating Preferential Flow in Karstic Aquifers Using Statistical Mixed Models", Ground Water Journal, 2013
  • S. Yuan, P. Liao, A.N. Alshawabkeh. "Electrolytic Manipulation of Persulfate Reactivity by Iron Electrodes for Trichloroethylene Degradation in Groundwater, Environmental Science and Technology", 48 (1), 2013, 656-663
  • S. Yuan, N. Gou, A. Alshawabkeh, A.Z. Gu. "Efficient Degradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concerns by a New Electro-Fenton Process withTi/MMO Cathode", Chemosphere, 93 (11), 2013, 2796–2804
  • W. Xie,  S. Yuan, X. Mao, W. Hu, P. Liao, M. Tong, A. Alshawabkeh. "Electrocatalytic Activity of Pd-Loaded Ti/TiO2 Nanotubes Cathode for TCE Reduction in Groundwater",Water Res., 47 (11), 2013, 3573–3582
  • J.H. Choi, S. Maruthamuthu, Y.J. Lee, A. Alshawabkeh."Reduction of Nitrate in Agricultural Soils by Bio-Electrokinetics", Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International J., 22 (7), p 767-782, 2013
  • E. Eseller-Bayat, S. Gokyer, M.K. Yegian, E. Ortakci, A. Alshawabkeh."Design and Application of Simple Shear Liquefaction Box", ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal 36 (3),         2013, 322-330
  • E. Eseller-Bayat, M.K. Yegian, A. Alshawabkeh, S. Gokyer. "Liquefaction Response of Partially Saturated Sands.I: Experimental Results", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139, 2013, 863-871
  • E. Eseller-Bayat, M.K. Yegian, A. Alshawabkeh, S. Gokyer. "Liquefaction Response of Partially Saturated Sands. II: Empirical Model", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139, 2013, 872-879
  • E. Eseller-Bayat, S. Gokyer, M.K. Yegian, R.O. Deniz, A. Alshawabkeh. "Bender Elements and Bending Disks for Measurement of Shear and Compression Wave Velocities in Large Sand Specimens", ASTM Journal of Geotechnical Testing, 36 (2), 2013, 275-282
  • J.D. Meeker, D.W. Cantonwine, L.O. Rivera-Gonzalez, K.K. Ferguson, B. Mukherjee, A.M. Calafat, X. Ye, L.V. Anzalota Del Toro, N. Crespo, B. Jimenez-Velez, A. Alshawabkeh, J.F. Cordero. "Distribution, Variability and Predictors of Urinary Concentrations of Phenols and Parabens Among Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico", Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (7), 2013, 3439–3447
  • D. Meric, F. Hellweger, S. Barbuto, N. Rahbar, A. Alshawabkeh, T. Sheahan. "Model Prediction of Long-Term Reactive Core Mat Efficacy for Capping Contaminated Aquatic Sediments", Journal of Environmental Engineering, 139 (4), 2013, 564–575
  • S. Yuan, M. Chen, X. Mao, A. Alshawabkeh. "A Three-Electrode Column for Pd-Catalytic Oxidation of TCE in Groundwater With Automatic pH-Regulation and Resistance to Reduced Sulfur Compound Foiling", Water Research, 47 (1), 2013, 269-278
  • S. Yuan, M. Chen, X. Mao, A. Alshawabkeh. "Effects of Reduced Sulfur Compounds on Pd-Catalytic Hydrodechlorination of TCE in Groundwater by Cathodic H2 Under Electrochemically Induced Oxidizing Conditions", Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (18), 2013, 10502-10509
  • K. Baek, N. Kasem, A. Ciblak, D. Vesper, I. Padilla, A. Alshawabkeh. "Electrochemical Removal of Selenate From Aqueous Solutions", Chemical Engineering Journal, 2013, 678-684
  • K. Baek, A. Ciblak, X. Mao, E.J. Kim, A. Alshawabkeh."Iron Anode Mediated Transformation of Selenate in Sand Columns", Water Research, 47 (17), 2013, 6538–6545


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October 14, 2015

Written by Harry Brodsky, a second year Mechanical Engineering student.

September 21, 2015

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh and his team were awarded a $2.9M federally funded grant for a “Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE).”

July 22, 2014

Congratulations to COE Distinguished Professor Mishac Yegian and George A. Snell Professor Akram Alshawabkeh along with Northeastern Alumnus Ece Esellar-Bayat (Ph.D., 2009), Assistant Professor at Istanbul Technical University, and CEE Student Seda Goyker, who have been awarded the 2014 ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award.