Asghar Bhatti is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa, where he started his academic career in 1980 after obtaining his Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Iowa, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was elected a Fellow of the ASCE in 1999. He is active in the Analysis and Computations area within the Structural Engineering Institute. He is also a long term member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Engineering Education. His current active research projects include safety of highway signs and traffic signal structures in extreme winds, study of pile driving vibrations, and modeling of concrete slabs and pavements. In addition to journal and conference publications he has authored two books on finite elements published by John Wiley in 2005 and 2006 and one book on optimization published by Springer in 2000.