Dr. Adel ElSafty is a professor of civil engineering in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and was recently named the 2018 recipient of the UNF Faculty Association Distinguished Professor Award. ElSafty teaches all structures courses including: Concrete Design, Steel Design, Analysis of Structures, Mechanics/Strength of Materials, Statics, Prestressed Concrete, Matrix Structural Analysis, Introduction to Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering materials and Advanced Mechanics. He is currently doing research on Bridge Engineering, Prestressed Concrete, Repair of Structures and Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Applications in infrastructures.
Get to Know Dr. Adel ElSafty
What brought you to UNF?
The beautiful campus, wonderful state, great students and amazing faculty, besides my passion to teach in such a small-size classroom setting
What’s one thing in your field of study that people might not know?
My research addresses innovative materials to be used in constructing and repairing infrastructures; some of the materials have not been known to the public like Basalt fibers and some new glass and carbon fibers.
What’s the most rewarding academic experience you’ve had at UNF in or out of the classroom?
The most rewarding academic experience was winning a national grant to establish the first Engineering Design Studio in the U.S. for the PCI-Foundation, 2009-2015, which helped my students and enhanced the stature of UNF as a leading university on prestressed concrete academic activities.
Describe your teaching style. Do you like to integrate tech, or are you more comfortable with a lecture-style classroom?
I like integrating technology in my teaching and have been integrating my industrial experience into teaching through introducing real-world engineering applications. I have been attending and getting support from the professor workshops to enrich my teaching, Also, with the support of CIRT at UNF, I have learned new methods for online and blended course design.
If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say?
Let us all be compassionate, forgiving and loving of one another.
What advice would you give a student who is about to graduate?
Congratulations! This is the beginning of a new chapter of your life. Keep up the good work and keep making us all proud.