George Morcous

George Morcous, PhD, PE

Professor of Construction Engineering
George Morcous
Contact Information:
PKI 105B
Omaha/PKI
(402) 554-2544
gmorcous2@unl.edu
Email   
Personal Links:
GMorcous_Resume.pdf

Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
  • B.Eng. (honors) Civil Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Design and Construction of Prestressed Concrete
  • Bridge Management Systems
  • Self-Consolidating Concrete
Inventions/Patents
  • US Patent No. 9,057,170 B2, “Continuously Prestressed Concrete Pile Splice”, June 16, 2015.
  • US Patent No. 8,671,634 B2, “Flat Soffit Precast Concrete Shallow Floor System”, March 18, 2014.
Courses Taught
  • Prestressed Concrete (CIVE 850)
  • Reinforced Concrete Design (CIVE 440/840)
  • Formwork Systems (CONE 417/817)
  • Reinforced Concrete II (CIVE 447/847)

Honors and Awards

  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), 2014 Educator Award, $1,000
  • PCI, Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship, 2012, $20,000
  • Holling Family Distinguished Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 2011, $2,500
  • PCI, Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship, 2008, $20,000
  • Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Award of Excellence, National Champion of Big Beam Engineering Design Competition, 2007.
  • PCI, Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship, 2007, $20,000
  • Henry Y. Kleinkauf Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award, 2007, $2,500
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Layman Award, $10,000, 2006
  • Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Postdoctoral Fellowship, $35,000 per year, 2001-2002
  • Ph.D. Thesis Nominated for the NSERC Doctoral Prize Award, 2001
  • Concordia University Fellowship and Tuition Remission, $11,000, 1997 – 2000

Funding

  1. Woods, Morcous, and Woldesenbet “Performance Evaluation of Inverted Tee (IT) Bridge System”, NDOR, $100,242, July 2017 – Dec. 2018.
  2. Morcous, “Long-Term Performance Evaluation of NUDECK in Kearney East Bypass”, NDOR, $109,007, July 2014 – Dec. 2017.
  3. Badie, Morcous, Tadros, and Sun “Simplified Full-Depth Precast Concrete Deck Panel Systems”, NCHRP, $400,000, July 2013 – June 2016.
  4. Morcous, “Self-Consolidating Concrete for Connecting Precast Concrete Deck Panels and I-Girders”, MS&T UTC, $42,378, Jan. 2013 – June 2014
  5. Tadros and Morcous, “Precast Pretensioned Concrete Pile Splicing Hardware”, Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI), $80,000, Jan. 2013 – June 2014.
  6. Morcous, “Fatigue Testing of Rail Road Ties”, Union Pacific, $19,500, 2012.
  7. Morcous, “Optimizing Concrete Deck Removal in Concrete I-Girder Bridges”, MATC, $57,000, July 2012-Dec. 2013
  8. Morcous, “Implementation of 0.7 in. Diameter Strands in NU I-Girders”, NDOR, $14,400, July 2012 – Dec. 2013.
  9. Morcous, “Evaluating the Impact of Deck Removal Method on the Performance of NU Girders”, NDOR, $32,922, July 2012 – June 2014.
  10. Morcous, “Evaluating the Constructability of NUDECK Precast Panels for Kearney Bypass Project”, NDOR, $34,742, Dec. 2012 – Dec. 2014.
  11. Morcous and Tadros, “Implementation of Precast Deck Panel NUDECK”, NDOR, $36,319, July 2012 – Dec. 2013.
  12. Morcous “Precast Prestressed Concrete Truss-Girders for Roof Applications”, PCI, $20,000, Aug. 2012 – July 2013.
  13. Morcous, Wang, and Taylor “Self-Consolidating Concrete for Cast-in-Place Bridge Components”, NCHRP 18-16, $449,831, June 2011 – Dec. 2014.
  14. Morcous and Tadros, “High Performance Self-Consolidating Concrete and 0.7 in. Diameter Strand for the 14th Street Bridge Over I-80, Lincoln, NE”, FHWA IBRD Program, $216,000, July 2011 – Dec. 2013. (Awarded but not funded)
  15. Morcous, “Curved Precast Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges”, e-Construct, LLC, $30,000, Aug. 2010 – July 2013.
  16. Morcous, “Precast Concrete Insulated Wall Panel Corbels Without Thermal Bridging”, e-Construct, LLC, $30,000, Aug. 2011 – May 2013.
  17. Goedert, Morcous, and Cho “Virtual Interactive Construction Education (VICE-Bridge)”, NSF, $199,795, May 2011 – April 2013.
  18. Morcous “Life Cycle Cost Assessment of Nebraska Bridges”, NDOR, $37,232, July 2011 – May 2013
  19. Morcous “Developing Pontis Deterioration Models for Nebraska Bridges”, NDOR, $32,917, July 2010 – June 2011.
  20. Morcous, Hanna, and Tadros “Load Rating of Complex Bridges”, NDOR, $23,518, July 2009 – June 2010.
  21. Hanna, Morcous, and Tadros “Bottom Flange Reinforcement”, NDOR, $29,754, July 2009 – June 2010.
  22. Hemsath, Hind, Schwer, Yong, Morcous, Lomneth, and Jameton, “Zero Net Energy Building Science Research Cluster”, Nebraska Research Initiative (NRI), $98,797, Apr. 2009 – May 2011.
  23. Tadros and Morcous “Continuous Shallow Hollow-Core Floor System”, Charles Pankow Foundation, $105,000, Nov. 2008 – Aug. 2010.
  24. Morcous and Tadros “Ultra-High Performance Concrete in Standard Prestressed Concrete Products”, PCI, $20,000, Aug. 2008 – July 2009.
  25. Hanna, Morcous and Tadros “Design Aids for NU-I Girder Bridges”, NDOR, $59,636, July 2008 – June 2009.
  26. Morcous and Tadros “Shallow Continuous Inverted Tee for Hollow Core Floors”, Concrete Industries, Inc., $25,000, Jan. 2008 – Dec. 2008.
  27. Morcous and Erdogmus “Use of Ground Penetrating Radar for Construction Quality Assurance of Concrete Pavement”, NDOR, $28,667, July 2007 – June 2008
  28. Tadros and Morcous “Application of Ultra-High Performance Concrete to NU-I Girders”, NDOR, $39,533, July 2007 – June 2008
  29. Morcous and Tadros “Guidelines for Transverse Design and Detailing of Adjacent Box Beam Bridges”, PCI, $20,000, Aug. 2007 – July 2008.
  30. Tadros and Morcous “Impact of Large 0.7 inch Stands on NU-I Girders”, NDOR, $244,408, July 2007 – June 2010
  31. Morcous and Tadros “Welded Wire Reinforcement versus Random Steel Fibers in UHPC Girders”, WRI, $25,366, May 2007 – April 2008
  32. Morcous “Detecting Steel in ICF Walls”, J.D. & Associates, $6,729, June 2007 – Aug. 2007.
  33. Tadros and Morcous “Columbus Viaduct System” NDOR, $26,023, Aug 2006–Dec. 2008.
  34. Tadros and Morcous “Rapid Construction of Pacific Street Bridge”, NDOR, $139,442, Oct. 2005 – Sept. 2010.
  35. Tadros and Morcous “Second Generation of Precast Deck Panels” NDOR, $150,560, July 2004 – June 2008.
  36. Tadros and Morcous “Design Aids for Threaded Rod Continuous Girders”, NDOR, $101,594, May 2004 – June 2007.
  37. Nowak, Morcous, and Tuan, “Developing Guidelines for Cast-in-Place Self Consolidating Concrete”, NDOR, $58,730, July 2006 – June 2007.
  38. Morcous, “Lateral and Vertical Deflections of Sunrooms”, Lancaster Conservatories Inc., $19,966, June 2006 – Sept. 2006.
  39. Morcous and Tadros, “Use of LRFD for Bridge Substructure and Earth Retaining Structures”, NDOR, $14,350, May 2006 – June 2006.
  40. Goedert, Holmes, Morcous, Cho, Schwer, and Bernstein, “Plans for Rebuilding New Orleans “, HUD, $293,859, Mar. 2006 – Feb. 2008.
  41. Tadros and Morcous “Class C Fly Ash in Concrete Pavement”, NDOR, $312,379 Jan. 2005 – June 2009.


Selected Publications

  1. ElKady, M., Tadros, M.K., Lafferty, M., Morcous, G., and Gremel, D. (2015) “Precast Concrete Corbels for Insulated Panels” ACI Concrete International Journal, October, 53-58.
  2. Deng, Y., and Morcous, G. (2015) Closure to discussion on “Efficient Prestressed Concrete-Steel Composite Girder for Medium-Span Bridges. I: System Description and Design”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(5).
  3. Deng, Y., and Morcous, G. (2015) Closure to discussion on “Efficient Prestressed Concrete-Steel Composite Girder for Medium-Span Bridges. II: Finite Element Analysis and Experimental Investigation”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 20(6).
  4. Deng, J., Morcous, G., and Ma, Z., (2015) “Strand Bond Stress-Slip Relationship for Prestressed Concrete Members at Prestress Release”, RILEM Journal of Materials and Structures, January, 1-15.
  5. Hatami, A., and Morcous, G. (2015) “Deterministic and Probabilistic Life-Cycle Cost Assessment: Applications to Nebraska Bridges”, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 29, May.
  6. Assad, S., and Morcous, G. (2015) “Evaluating the Impact of Bridge Deck Removal on the Performance of Precast/Prestressed Concrete I-Girders”, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 29, May.
  7. Wang, X., Wang, K., Taylor, P., and Morcous, G. (2015) “Effects of Paste-To-Voids Volume Ratio on Performance of Self-Consolidating Concrete Mixtures”, ICE Magazine of Concrete Research, 6(14).
  8. Henin, E., and Morcous, G., (2015) “Non-Proprietary Bar Splice Sleeve for Precast Concrete Construction”, Elsevier Engineering Structures Journal, 83, 154–162.
  9. Samir, P., and Morcous, G. (2014) “Precast Prestressed Concrete Truss Girder for Roof Applications”, Journal of Structures, 2014, 1-13.
  10. Wang, X., Wang, K., Taylor, P., and Morcous, G. (2014) “Assessing Particle Packing Based Self-Consolidating Concrete Mix Design Method”, Elsevier Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 70, 439–452.
  11. Henin, E., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. K. (2014) “Precast/Prestressed Concrete Sandwich Panels for Thermally Efficient Floor/Roof Applications”, ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 19(3), 1-13.
  12. Morcous, G., Assad, S., Hatami, A., and Tadros, M. K. (2014) “Implementation of 0.7 in. Diameter Strands at 2 in. by 2 in. Spacing in Pretensioned Bridge Girders”, PCI Journal, 59(3), 145-158.
  13. El-Kady, M., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. K., (2014) “Review of Transverse Reinforcement Requirements for Precast Load Bearing Wall Panels with Large Openings”, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, 20(2), 1-4
  14. El-Safty, A., Zinszer, M., and Morcous, G., (2014) “Bridge Platform Failure Due to Errors in Design and Construction Practice”, Journal of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), 38(1), 32-40.
  15. Hanna, K., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. K. (2014) “Effect of Supplementary Cementitious Materials on the Performance of Concrete Pavement”, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 26(4), 789-793.
  16. Morcous, G., Henin, E., Fawzy, F., Lafferty, M., and Tadros, M. K. (2014) “Shallow Precast/Prestressed Concrete Floor System”, Elsevier, Engineering Structures, Vol. 60, Feb., 287-299.
  17. Deng, Y., and Morcous, G. (2013) “Efficient Prestressed Concrete-Steel Composite Girder for Medium-Span Bridges. I: System Description and Design” ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 18(12), 1347-1357
  18. Deng, Y., and Morcous, G. (2013) “Efficient Prestressed Concrete-Steel Composite Girder for Medium-Span Bridges. II: Finite Element Analysis and Experimental Investigation”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 18(12), 1358-1372
  19. Maguire, M., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. K. (2013) “Structural Performance of Precast/Prestressed Bridge Double Tee Girders Made of High Strength Concrete, Welded Wire Reinforcement and 18 mm Diameter Strands”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 18(10), 1053-1061.
  20. Deng, Y., and Morcous, G. (2013) “Calibration of Strength Design of Pretensioned Flexural Concrete Members at Release”, International Journal of Advances in Structural Engineering, 16(10), 1781-1800.
  21. Henin, E., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. K. (2013) “Shallow Flat Soffit Precast Concrete Floor System”, ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 18(2), 101-110.
  22. Hatami, A., and Morcous, G. (2012) “Deterioration Models for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Bridge Decks in Nebraska”, Journal of Transportation Research Record, 2313, 3-11.
  23. Henin, E., Goedert, J., and Morcous, G. (2012) “Shallow Flat Soffit Precast Floor System: A Construction Comparative Analysis”, Journal of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), October, 36(2), 18-25.
  24. Patzlaff, Q., Morcous, G., Hanna, K., Tadros, M. (2012) “Bottom Flange Confinement Reinforcement in Precast Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 17(4), 607-616.
  25. Morcous, G., Hatami, A, Maguire, M., Hanna, K., and Tadros, M. K. (2012) “Mechanical and Bond Properties of 18 mm (0.7”) Diameter Prestressing Strands”, ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 24(6), 735-744.
  26. Morcous, G., Hanna, K., Deng, Y., and Tadros, M (2012) “Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Tied Arch Bridge System: Application to Columbus Viaduct”, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, 17(1), 107-116.
  27. Morcous, G. (2011) “Construction Quality Assurance Using Ground Penetrating Radar”, Journal of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), 35(2), 5-11.
  28. Hanna, K., Morcous, G., and Tadros, M. (2011) “Design, Detailing, and Testing of Non-Post-Tensioned Transverse Connections in Adjacent Box Girder Bridges”, PCI Journal, 56(4), 94-107.
  29. Morcous, G., Hanna, K., and Tadros, M. (2011) “Use of 0.7 in. Diameter Strands in Precast/Prestressed Bridge Girders”, PCI Journal, 56(4), 65-82.
  30. Morcous, G., Maguire, M., and Tadros, M. K. (2011) “Welded Wire Reinforcement versus Random Steel Fibers in Precast/Prestressed Concrete Bridge Girders”, PCI Journal, 56(2), 113-129.
  31. Morcous, G., and Erdogmus, E. (2010) “Accuracy of Ground Penetrating Radar for Concrete Pavement Thickness Measurement”, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 24(6), 610-621.
  32. Morcous, G., Hanna, K., and Tadros, M. (2010) “Transfer and Development Length of 0.7 in. Diameter Strands in Pretensioned Concrete Bridge Girders”, High Performance Concrete (HPC) Bridge Views, Issue 64, Nov.-Dec., 7-9.
  33. Morcous, G., Cho, Y., El-Safty, A., Chen, G. (2010) “Structural Behavior of FRP Sandwich Panels for Bridge Decks”, Journal of the Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE), 14(6), 879-888.
  34. Morcous, G., and Sekpe, V. (2010) “Inspection of Insulated Concrete Form Walls Using Ground Penetrating Radar”, ASC International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 6(4), 303-317
  35. Morcous, G., Lounis, Z., and Cho, Y. (2010) “An Integrated System for Bridge Management Using Probabilistic and Mechanistic Deterioration Models: Application to Bridge Deck” Journal of the Korean Society of Civil Engineers (KSCE), 14(4), 527-537.
  36. Hanna, K., Morcous, G., Tadros, M. (2009) “Transverse Post-Tensioning Design and Detailing of Precast Prestressed Adjacent Box Beam Bridges”, PCI Journal, Fall 09, 64-78.
  37. Morcous, G., Maguire, M., and Tadros, M. K. (2009) “Shear Capacity of Ultra-High Performance Concrete I-Girders with Orthogonal Welded Wire Reinforcement”, American Concrete Institute (ACI), SP-265-24, 511-532.
  38. Hanna, K., Morcous, G., Tadros, M. (2009) “Effect of Class C Fly Ash on Controlling Alkali Silica Reaction in Concrete Pavement”, ASC International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 5, 167-181.
  39. Morcous, G. (2009) “Performance Evaluation of Conservatories under Wind and Snow Loads”, ASCE Journal of Architectural Engineering, Sept., 15(3), 102-109.
  40. Morcous, G. (2007) “Pareto Analysis for Multi-Criteria Optimization of Bridge Preservation Decisions”, Transportation Research Record, TRB, No.1991, 62-70.
  41. Morcous, G. (2006) “Performance Prediction of Bridge Deck Systems Using Markov Chains”, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 20(2), 146-155
  42. Morcous, G. (2006) Discussion on “Bridge Management and Non-Destructive Evaluation”, by Kevin L. Rens, Carnot L. Nogueira, and David J. Transue, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 20(3), 300-301
  43. Morcous, G., and Lounis, Z. (2006) “Integration of Stochastic Deterioration Models with Multi-Objective Decision Theory for Maintenance Optimization of Bridge Decks”, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, NRC, 33(6), 756-765
  44. Morcous, G., and Lounis, Z. (2005) “Maintenance Optimization of Highway Bridges Using Genetic Algorithms and Markovian Models”, Journal of Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 14(1), 129-142.
  45. Morcous, G., and Lounis, Z. (2005) “Prediction of Onset of Corrosion in Concrete Bridge Decks Using Neural Networks and Case-Based Reasoning”, Journal of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 20, 108-117.
  46. Hanna, A. M., Morcous, G., and Helmy, M. (2004) “Efficiency of Pile Groups Driven in Cohesionless Soil Using Artificial Neural Networks”, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 41, 1241-1249.
  47. Morcous, G., (2003), Discussion on “Improving Design Coordination for Building Projects” by T. Hegazy, E. Zaneldin, and D. Grierson, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE, 129(4), 470-471.
  48. Morcous, G., Lounis, Z., and Mirza, S. M. (2003) “Identification of Environmental Categories for Markovian Deterioration Models of Bridge Decks”, Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 8(6), 353-361
  49. Morcous, G., and H. Rivard, (2003) "Computer Assistance in Managing the Maintenance of Low-Slope Roofs”, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 17(4), 230-242.
  50. Morcous, G., Rivard, H., and Hanna, A. M. (2002) “Modeling Bridge Deterioration Using Case-Based Reasoning”, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, ASCE, 8 (3), 86-95.
  51. Morcous, G., Rivard, H., and Hanna, A. M. (2002) “Case-Based Reasoning System for Modeling Infrastructure Deterioration”, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, 16 (2), 104-114.