Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E.

Dr. Habib Dagher, P.E. is the founding Executive Director of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, a National Science Foundation funded research Center housed in an 100,000 ft2 laboratory with more than 150 full and part-time personnel. The UMaine Composites Center is a world leader in the development of low-cost, high-performance structural composites for construction. The Center has served more than 500 clients worldwide, and has received top national awards for its research.

Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering
Principal Investigator, New England Aqua Ventus
Principal Investigator, DeepCwind Consortium
Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering

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Dr. Habib Dagher’s Biography

As the founding Executive Director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Dagher is a world-leading advocate for developing advanced structural systems which simultaneously optimize structures, materials, and construction.

Under his leadership, the UMaine Composites Center has gained national and international reputation from major research and development projects such as the VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected floating offshore wind turbine in the US and the first in the world made out of concrete and composite materials, the inflatable composite arch bridges “Bridge-in-a-Backpack” technology now approved in the AASHTO Code, the first Modular Ballistic Protection System (MBPS) approved by the US Army to protect troops in tents from blast and ballistic threats, development of coated wood technology for blast and hurricane resistant wood buildings, and the longest carbon-fiber composite vessel built for the US Navy.

Dr. Dagher holds more than 25 patents, and has received numerous awards including the 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change, the Carnegie Foundation Maine Professor of the Year, the Distinguished Maine Professor Award, the highest award given to a faculty member at UMaine, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Charles Pankow Innovation Award.

Under Dr. Dagher’s leadership, the UMaine Composites Center has grown to 150 full and part-time employees and students, has over 500 clients and partners globally, and is housed in a 100,000 ft2 ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory.

Dr. Dagher earned his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as two Masters Degrees in Structural engineering and engineering mechanics and joined the University of Maine faculty in 1985.


Ph.D., Civil/Structural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
M.S., Engineering Mechanics,  University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
M.S., Civil/Structural Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982
B.S., Civil Engineering, Cum Laude, University of Dayton-Ohio, 1980