Civil Engineering

Amir Fam

Publications | Research Interests | Professional Activity

Title: Professor
Office: Ellis-244

Donald and Sarah Munro Chair in Engineering and Applied Science

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel: (613) 533-6352
Fax: (613) 533-2128


Dr. Fam's research is focused on the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) for reinforcement and prestressing of new concrete structures as well as for strengthening of existing concrete, masonry and metallic structures. He is also interested in innovative systems, including FRP structurally integrated stay-in-place formwork for concrete structures such as concrete-filled FRP tubes. This system is quite promising for a number of structural applications including piles, columns, bridge piers, hydro and light poles and highway overhead sign structures. Another focus of Dr. Fam's research is on the use of ultra-high modulus carbon-FRP (CFRP) for strengthening of steel structural members such as bridge girders, steel pipelines and steel mono-poles for hydro and telecommunication towers.

2013 Profile


  • PhD, Structural Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 2000
  • MSc, Structural Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 1996
  • Graduate Study, Structural Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, 1997
  • BSc (Honors), Civil Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, 1991

Positions Held

  • Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Canada, 2002-present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, NC State University, USA, 2000-2002
  • Graduate Teaching & Research Assistant, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1993-2000
  • Visiting Graduate Student, University of Calgary, Canada, 1997
  • Structural Engineer, Consultants Engineering Firm, Egypt, 1991-1993.
  • Instructor, 1st Year Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1991-1992
  • Undergrad. Research Assist., Geotechnical Lab, Alexandria University, Egypt, 1990-1991


  • Travel Award, Queen's University (2002)
  • Best Paper Award, 5th Annual Conference of The Canadian Network of Centers of Excellence on Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures, ISIS Canada (2000)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship Award, PGS B (1997-1999)
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (1997)
  • Undergraduate Distinction Award, Alexandria University (1987-1991)