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Robert E.
Efimba

Contact

Phone: 
202-806-6574
Email: 
elangwefim@msn.com

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Associate Professor
Education: 

Structural mechanics; computer-aided structural engineering; finite-element models in biomechanics and equilibrium, stability and dynamic analysis of building frame shear-wall systems, stiffened and/or folded plates and shells.

Speciality: 

Structural mechanics; computer-aided structural engineering; finite-element models in biomechanics and equilibrium, stability and dynamic analysis of building frame shear-wall systems, stiffened and/or folded plates and shells.

Subjects Taught: 

Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials Lecture & Lab, Intermediate Structural Analysis, Senior and Graduate Seminars, Matrix Structural Analysis, and Finite Element Analysis

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Efimba is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his four degrees in Civil Engineering, structural engineering, and structural mechanics: bachelor’s (1963), master’s (1965), professional (1969), and the doctor of science (1972); and served an extended term as a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1993 to 2001. He has held several leadership positions and been honored several times for his research, teaching, and service in the engineering profession. To name a few, he was honored in October 2010 as the National Outstanding Advisor of the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, the 17th person to be so honored in the 125 year history of the Society; he received a 2012 Centennial Career Achievement Award from the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences at Howard University; he is a Past President of the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies, and was honored in February, 2013 with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award; he received a Certificate of Appreciation for the Diamond Jubilee Address that he delivered at the Government Secondary School, Afikpo (Nigeria) Alumni Association World Congress in Atlanta, GA in July 2013; he received a Certificate of Appreciation at a Leadership Conference in Miami, FL, in January 2015 for his service as a Governor and webmaster (2011-2014) in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Region 2 that includes the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the National Capital Area in the US. He is a Life Member and past recipient of ASCE’s Moissieff award for best paper in the field of structural design.

Appointments:
Associate Professor: 1982-Present; Assistant Professor: 1975-July 1982; Total Service: 40 years, Department of Civil Engineering, Howard University.

Interests: 

Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Structural Design with Finite Elements, Computer-Aided Experimental Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics Education

Publications: 

* Efimba, R.E., and T.R. Smith (2012), “Prerequisite Courses and Retentivity as a Challenge for Students in Engineering Mechanics,” paper presented and published in the Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 10-13, San Antonio, TX, 10 pp.

* Efimba, R.E., and T.R. Smith (2012), “The Use of Computer-Based Assignments as an Effective Tool in Teaching Engineering Mechanics,” paper #AC 2012-5290, presented and published in the Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference, June 10-13, San Antonio, TX, 11 pp.

* Efimba, R.E. (2012), “Additions to Two Basic Concepts in Engineering Mechanics,” paper presented and published in the Proceedings of the ASCE/EMI Conference, June 17-20, at Notre Dame University, 8 pp.

* Efimba, R. E. and K. Romain (2012) “A Consistent Mass Matrix for a Plane Stress Element with a Rotational Degree of Freedom,” paper presented and published in the Proceedings of the ASCE/EMI Conference, June 17-20, at Notre Dame University, 8 pp.

* Zanganeh, S.E., and R.E. Efimba. “A Computer-Integrated Approach to Teaching Engineering Mechanics,” Paper presented at the First Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering (I-CCCE), sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, held in Washington, DC, June 20-22, 1994, K. Khozeimeh, ed., Proc. v.2 (1994): 1265-1272.

* Efimba, R.E., and E.M. Ahmed. “Extensions of Finite Element Dental Stress Analysis,” paper presented at the First Congress on Computing in Civil Engineering (I-CCCE), sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, held in Washington, DC, June 20-22, K. Khzeimeh, ed., Proc. v.2 (1994): 1928-1935.

* Zanganeh, S.E., and R.E. Efimba. “Making Statics Interesting.” Paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA June 25-28, 1995.

* Zanganeh, S.E., and R.E. Efimba. “Integration of Design in Engineering Mechanics Courses: A Practical Approach.” Paper presented at the ECSEL Coalition Workshop on “Learning by Design” held at Howard University, October 1997.

* Zanganeh, S.E., and R.E. Efimba. “Designing with Computers in Mechanics Courses.” Paper presented at the ECSEL Coalition Workshop on “Learning by Design” held at Howard University, October 1997.

* Zanganeh, S.E., and R.E. Efimba. “Integration of Computers and Design in Mechanics and Structures: A Summary of Somne ECSEL Activities,” Prepared for the Workshop on Reform of Undergraduate Mechanics Education held at Penn State University, August 16-17, 1998.

News

Joseph Receives the 2018 NCC ACI Outstanding Student Award

Mon, April 23, 2018

Florantine Monica Joseph, a graduating senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the recipient of the 2018 National Capital Chapter - American Concrete Institute (NCC ACI) Outstanding Student Award. She was recognized at the NCC ACI Student Award Dinner on April 18, 2018 in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Read More >>

Associate Professor Ahlam I. Shalaby Publishes Fluid Mechanics Textbook

Mon, March 26, 2018

Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Ahlam I. Shalaby recognizes three basic problems in fluid mechanics, which she meticulously addresses in her textbook Fluid Mechanics for Civil and Environmental Engineers. Read More >>

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