Habib Joseph Dagher, Ph.D, P.E

Director of the Advanced Structures and Composites CenterHabib
Bath Iron Works Professor, Distinguished Maine Professor (1995)

35 Flagstaff Road
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5711
Phone: 207.581.2138
Fax: 207.581-2074
Email: habib.dagher@umit.maine.edu


Ph.D. Civil Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985.


Dr. Dagher is Professor of Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Maine, Bath Iron Works Professor of Structural Engineering, and founding Director of the University’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. It offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s research initiatives include cutting-edge materials and structures technology development for deepwater offshore wind, civil infrastructure, boat-building, residential and light commercial construction, defense, and homeland security. The facility enables the design, manufacture, and testing of 240 foot-long structural components and full-scale prototypes of blades, towers, ship hulls, and floating foundations. It also couples structural testing fixtures with environmental chambers to simulate structural loading in harsh marine environments and models and tests materials from the nano-scale to the full-scale to optimize structural design, durability, and cost. The Advanced Structures and Composites Center’s capacity for industrial cooperation has led to nearly 300 product development and testing projects over the past five years as well as leading awards for innovation in the composite materials and civil engineering fields.

Dr. Dagher has received numerous awards for his work including the Carnegie Foundation Maine Professor of the Year, the New England Board of Higher Education Excellence Award, the University of Maine’s Distinguished Maine Professor Award and the UMaine Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award.  He has written over 120 technical publications, chairs national technical committees in the structural engineering and composite materials fields, served on the Science and Technology Advisory Board for Maine’s Governor, and serves on the Governor-appointed Innovation Economy Advisory Board.  He has conducted multi-million dollar Research and Development programs for numerous Federal clients including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army, the Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, the USDA, and large industrial clients.

Dr. Dagher leads the DeepCwind Consortium, a recently awarded DOE program to develop floating offshore wind technologies in the US.  The Consortium includes over 30 private and public institutions.   He has testified to the US Senate on offshore wind technologies, as well as to US Secretary of Energy Chu.  Dr. Dagher received his Doctorate degree in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He also holds two Masters Degrees in Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.